Tag: word of the month

Word of the Month: Redolent

David Zapatka While reading The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong: Table Tennis as a Journey of Self Discovery by Guido Mina di Sospiro, I ran across the word redolent. His use of the word while describing table tennis rubber was intriguing. Redolent—red·​o·​lent adjective 1. Exuding fragrance: aromatic 2. Full of a specified fragrance: a. scented (air redolent of seaweed)…

Word of the Month: Pulse

David Zapatka David Wittenberg, fellow member of the Grammar Police Special Interest Group, wrote this in a recent post. “For most Indians, meat is not a staple. The majority of the Indian diet consists of grains, pulses, and vegetables. As a result, Indians don’t talk about meat the way Americans do. The terms ‘veg’ and…

Word of the Month: Bildungsroman

  David Zapatka Reader, friend, and fellow bridge player, Gayle Covey, writes, “This is a really favorite word; bildungsroman. My friend Judy taught me this word several years ago … and now it comes up all the time! All those YA (Young Adult) fiction writers, turning books into films … and, of course, it is the word…

Word of the Month: Resilience

David Zapatka Reader, friend, and fellow bridge player, Pat Schlect, writes, “I was very happy to see your article in the Sun Lakes Splash.I loved the subject. The word I would choose for research is ‘resilience.’ Why? If you had to pick one characteristic or quality you’d most like to have, what would it be?…

Word of the Month: Verso and Recto

David Zapatka Reader, friend, and fellow bridge player, Gayle Covey, writes, “As always, enjoyed your SaddleBrooke word column. I’ve been saying I’d send a word or two. Finally … I’m an English major and a words person. How did I not know this? It just came up in Wordle (and I thought of you!) … verso. And…

Word of the Month: Emotion

David Zapatka Do emotions happen consciously or unconsciously? Can emotions be chosen or do they just happen? While reading “I Am: The Power of Discovering Who You Really Are” by Howard Falco, I read, “Emotions are the clues that lead you to the treasure of everlasting peace.” Ponder this for a while. Are our emotions…

Word of the Month: Grimoires

David Zapatka Reader Tony Sciabica wrote, “I read your article in the April edition of the Crossing. I found the word sempiternal interesting. My use of the word would be the following: Eternal means to me something that has no beginning and no end.  Sempiternal has a beginning but no end. Semper fidelis has a beginning…

Word of the Month: Cenote

David Zapatka Reading in the Quest magazine recently, I came across the word cenote. Cenote—si-ˈnō-tē noun: a natural pit or deep sinkhole in limestone resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath with a pool at the bottom that is found especially in the Yucatán Peninsula. Origin and Etymology—Mexican Spanish, from Yucatec ts’onot…

Word of the Month: Sempiternal

David Zapatka While reading The Metaphysics of Ping Pong by Guido Mina Di Sospiro recently, I ran across this long sentence, “…I certainly didn’t suspect a number of things: that I’d be soundly beaten by my teenage son; that shortly thereafter I’d become obsessed with table tennis; that my obsession would fuel a grueling initiation…

Word of the Month: Nomophobia

David Zapatka “Where’s my cellphone?” “Have you seen my cell phone?” “There’s no connection here. It’s so frustrating!” “My phone isn’t working. What am I going to do?” “Honey, will you call my cell phone? I can’t find it.” Have you heard these conversations? Scary, isn’t it? This fear is so prevalent in our society…