Month: June 2015

Gossamer

gossamer ‚ÄĘ \GAH-suh-mer\ ‚ÄĘ adjective
: extremely light, delicate, or tenuous

Examples:
Except for a few gossamer clouds, the sky was clear and blue.

“On two screens, she watched herself spin in a green field, gossamer wings floating off her body.” ‚ÄĒ Melena Ryzik, New York Times, March 3, 2015

Did you know?
In the days of Middle English, a period of mild weather in late autumn or early winter was sometimes called a gossomer, literally “goose summer.” People may have chosen that name for a late-season warm spell because October and November were the months when people felt that geese were at their best for eating. Gossomer was also used in Middle English as a word for filmy cobwebs floating through the air in calm, clear weather, apparently because somebody thought the webs looked like the down of a goose. This sense eventually inspired the adjective gossamer, which means “light, delicate, or tenuous”‚ÄĒjust like cobwebs or goose down.

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Inculcate

inculcate ‚ÄĘ \in-KUL-kayt\ ‚ÄĘ verb
: to teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

Examples:

“When Duke went to seven Final Fours over a nine-year span from 1986 through 1994, the Blue Devils were invariably led by juniors and seniors inculcated in how Krzyzewski wanted the game played.” ‚ÄĒ Barry Jacobs, Charlotte (North Carolina) News & Observer, April 10, 2015

Did you know?
Inculcate derives from the past participle of the Latin verb inculcare, meaning “to tread on.” In Latin, inculcare possesses both literal and figurative meanings, referring to either the act of walking over something or to that of impressing something upon the mind, often by way of steady repetition. It is the figurative sense that survives with inculcate, which was first used in English in the 16th century. Inculcare was formed in Latin by combining the prefix in- with calcare, meaning “to trample,” and ultimately derives from the noun calx, meaning “heel.” In normal usage inculcate is typically followed by the prepositions in or into, with the object of the preposition being the person or thing receiving the instruction.

Bellwether

bellwether¬†‚ÄĘ \BEL-WEH-ther\¬† ‚Äʬ†noun one¬†that¬†takes¬†the¬†lead¬†or¬†initiative¬†:¬†leader;¬†also¬†:¬†an indicator¬†of¬†trends¬†
Citation:
“Plus, on an¬†increasingly¬†divided¬†council, and in a new district¬†elections¬†system¬†inviting¬†wholesale¬†change,Godden’s¬†race¬†could¬†be a¬†bellwether¬†for how¬†incumbents are¬†faring¬†this¬†election¬†year.” ‚ÄĒ¬†Heidi¬†Groover,¬†the stranger, May 13,¬†2015

Did you know?
We¬†usually¬†think¬†of¬†sheep¬†more¬†as¬†followers¬†than¬†leaders, but in a¬†flock¬†one¬†sheep¬†must¬†lead¬†the way.¬†Long¬†ago, it was¬†common¬†practice¬†for¬†shepherds¬†to¬†hang¬†a¬†bell¬†around the¬†neck¬†of one¬†sheep¬†in¬†their¬†flock,¬†thereby¬†designating it the¬†lead¬†sheep.¬†This¬†animal¬†was¬†called¬†the¬†bellwether, a word¬†formed¬†by a¬†combination¬†of the¬†Middle¬†English words¬†belle¬†(meaning¬†“bell”) and¬†wether¬†(a¬†noun¬†that refers¬†to a¬†male¬†sheep¬†that¬†has¬†been¬†castrated). It eventually¬†followed¬†that¬†bellwether¬†would¬†come¬†to¬†refer to¬†someone¬†who¬†takes¬†initiative¬†or who¬†actively establishes¬†a¬†trend¬†that¬†is¬†taken¬†up by¬†others.¬†This¬†usage first¬†appeared¬†in¬†English¬†in the¬†13th¬†century.

Responsibility

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Daily Quiet Time: June 10

Matt 25:26 – Well done, good and faithful servant…. Thou wicked and slothful servant. Matthew 25:21 ;

Source: Daily Quiet Time – http://www.youdevotion.com/devotion/june/10

God holds us responsible not for what we have, but for what we might have; not for what we are, but for what we might be. ‚ÄĒ¬†Mark Guy Pearse.

Obtain

June 09, 2015

obtain¬†‚ÄĘ \ub-TAYN\¬† ‚Äʬ†verb
1 : to gain or attain usually by planned action or effort
 2 : to be generally recognized or established : prevail 

Example:

“Business¬†owners¬†and¬†musical¬†acts¬†that¬†want¬†to participate¬†in the¬†series¬†can¬†sign¬†up¬†online¬†and¬†skip¬†the trip¬†to¬†City¬†Hall¬†to pay¬†fees¬†and¬†obtain¬†acoustic entertainment¬†licenses‚Ķ.” ‚ÄĒ¬†Steve¬†Annear,¬†BostonGlobe,¬†April¬†28,¬†2015

Did you know?
Obtain,¬†which¬†was¬†adopted¬†into¬†English¬†in the¬†15th century,¬†comes¬†to us via¬†Anglo-French¬†from¬†the¬†Latin obtinńďre,¬†meaning¬†“to¬†take¬†hold¬†of.”¬†Obtinńďre¬†was¬†itself formed¬†by the¬†combination¬†of¬†ob-,¬†meaning¬†“in the way,” and the¬†verb¬†tenńďre,¬†meaning¬†“to¬†hold.” In its¬†earliest uses,¬†obtain¬†often¬†implied¬†a¬†conquest¬†or a¬†successful victory¬†in¬†battle, but it is now¬†used¬†for any¬†attainment through¬†planned¬†action¬†or¬†effort. The¬†verb¬†tenńďre¬†has incontestably¬†prevailed¬†in the¬†English¬†language,¬†providing us¬†with¬†such¬†common¬†words¬†as¬†abstain,¬†contain,¬†detain,sustain, and,¬†perhaps¬†less¬†obviously, the¬†adjectives tenable¬†and¬†tenacious.