Words of political debate

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Many people are watching the debates of the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates — events that have sent some people searching the Web for word meanings.

Implacable was a word that emerged in a heated exchange on climate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton defended President Obama’s record on the environment but said that his work had met with “implacable hostility” from the Republicans in Congress.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines implaccable as “opposed to someone or something in a very angry or determined way that cannot be changed.” The word has been used in the English language since the 15th century. It origins are in the Latin word implacabilis,  meaning “irreconcilable.”
Another word, rotten borough, has been referenced in connection with the New York presidential primary. First used in 1784, rotten borough is an election district that has many fewer inhabitants than other election districts with the same voting power.
The National Review used the word this way in talking about the presidential primary in New York: “She won two elections in what was a large rotten borough in New York.”
Last but not least is sniveling. In comments to reporters, Ted Cruz called Donald Trump a “sniveling coward.” A sniveling person acts in an emotional or whining manner. Not surprising is that it is derived from the words sniffle and sniff.
In between the lines of debate and campaigning, we are likely to hear other interesting words before the November election.

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“Hie” — I’m in a hurry!


Here is a word that we stumbled upon, but had forgotten it and its usage.

The word is “hie,” and it is not short for a greeting of welcome, though it sounds the same when spoken. It means “to hasten” or “to move quickly.”

Its usage is traced back to the 12th century, and it was used frequently in the 16th to 19th centuries by writers such as Shakespeare and Mark Twain. If you read literature from this time period, you will find it being used as the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, did. But “hie” is not ready for the crypt yet. Writers today will use “hie” if their works are set in the past.

On a personal note, I had to hie out the door at an incredibly early hour this morning to get to the groomer. The Editorial Assistant said that I had to look my best for the  2016 Read-In on Thursday at the S.C. Statehouse. More than 2,500 students, teachers, library representatives, parents and special guests will be there to celebrate all that is wonderful about reading.

I can’t wait to go! It sounds like a reason for some very special “snackees.”



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A spelling challenge

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We read words and write some very common ones on a regular basis. Maybe you even believe that you are a very good speller.

Take the online “Spell It” test from Merriam-Webster and find out for certain. You will quickly discover your spelling skills. The tests are random. Once you complete one test, you can move on to another.

Visit www.merriam-webster.com/word-games/spell-it to take the challenge. Answer quickly and you will earn.extra points.

Best of all, there’s absolutely no pressure!

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Previously: Just “Jinking”


We have gone into the “Lady Louise” blog archives to offer an interesting word that you might want to add to your vocabulary if you don’t use it already — or you missed it when it was published before.

The word is “jink,” a verb, and it means to “move quickly or unexpectedly with sudden turns and shifts (as in dodging),” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Synonyms for jink are duck, weave or zigzag.

A good use of the word for me is “When the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, is trying to take me somewhere that I don’t want to go, I know how to jink through the backyard to try and avoid her.”

I am very adept at dodging her efforts to catch me when I sense that a trip to the vet or spa is on the schedule!

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In a tizzy? Sounds worrisome!


We were watching television when we heard a word that the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, uses on occasion.

The word is “tizzy,” meaning a state of nervousness or confusion and anxiety. An example: Francesca was in a tizzy when she realized that the caterer was running late for her party. The Free Dictionary defines “tizzy” as ” a state of mental disorder.” That sounds more serious than nervousness or confusion.

What all of this says to me is that being in a tizzy is not a condition that would be good for my day. It could interfere with my enjpyment of naps and snacks.

Missing my treats and rest time would cause a second tizzy. And that would be one tizzy too many!



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A new business, big changes!



The date was April 4,  1975. Two young entrepreneurs — Bill Gates and Paul Allen — introduced technology that would revolutionize the way we communicate, do business, write and even develop and maintain relationships with family, friends, colleagues at work, neighbors and others.

The beginning of the computer business Microsoft made technology accessible to the masses. Computers and technology ultimately saw the creation of many words for our vocabulary — words that seem to be added daily!

Who could have imagined that the word “windows” would be much more than a frame with glass!

Today we “tweet”; “friend” our friends, family, celebrities and others; “text”messages; “blog”  about important subjects, and view photos and videos by “Snapchat.” Why express what you’re feeling when an “emoji” will do that for you!

Whew, our heads are spinning!

The Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, was clueless on the subject of computers and technology as Microsoft was being developed. She still has much to learn but we have “friends,” we “tweet,” we “blog,” and we’re trying to understand Snapchat — and so much more.

Maybe the Editorial Assistant has a ghost of a chance to catch on! At least she wants to learn, thanks to my lead!


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