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Looking at a word closely, understanding it’s meaning and uses, or at least my interpretation of it!
which is not necessarily the dictionary definition!

As Good As It Gets!

I’ve been awake since 5am, not wanting to get out of bed, I was watching Jack Nicholson & Helen Hunt in ‘As good as it gets’, at 7am there was a loud knocking on the front door, which then became relentless, and louder, I looked out of the window to see a royal mail van-hazard lights flashing furiously in the dark!

Expecting deliveries from Amazon, I ran down before he woke the whole neighbourhood, sure enough it was an amazon box, I thanked him and off he went, it was a large box so I curiously opened it to find a sweet dispenser? No, I did not order one, but it’s that time of year and I immediately felt a wave of panic – I had opened some poor child’s present, I scrambled around looking for my Glasses, the parcel belonged to number 52.

I ran to the door to catch the postie, where outside on the street I found another neighbour in his jammies, scratching his tousled head, “did he knock on 75?” he mumbled

“ I don’t know, but this is for 52,” I replied, the postie was still knocking on doors, my neighbour managed to get him to come back, I then realised it was our young deaf postie, and this was going to be difficult to explain, after a series of what can only be described as pantomime actions on my part, I managed to explain the parcel was for 52 to which he flapped open the lid and said “it’s open” embarrassed I gave him the universal hand signal for stop/wait much as a policeman would do, or I used to do for our dog, more embarrassment, I ran back inside and grabbed my glasses to explain that I can’t read without them???

He was clearly worried that it was an open parcel, and I was trying to think where the heck the Sellotape was in my upside down house? Eventually I found some white electrical tape & scissors, together on the doorstep we taped up the parcel, he put his hand to his chin and said thank you, gave a smile and a wink and off he went.

As I returned inside I felt pleased that we had managed to communicate, and that I at least had a matching nightdress and dressing gown on, albeit without the belt, I resolved that I would learn British sign language,  as I glanced down I then saw that my left boob was hanging out! Embarrassment factor off the scale and that’s as good as it gets!

English: wiktionary:thank you diagrammatically...

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BEFUDDLED

be·fud·dle

[bih-fuhd-l]  

verb (used with object), be·fud·dled, be·fud·dling.

1.

to confuse, as with glib statements or arguments: politicians befuddling the public with campaign promises.
2.

to make stupidly drunk.
Origin: 
1885–90; be- + fuddle

Related forms

be·fud·dler, noun
be·fud·dle·ment, noun
Synonyms
1. perplex, bewilder, baffle, daze, muddle.
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To be befuddled is  to be
somewhat muddled
it’s very far from
being cuddled.
when the politicians
have been huddled
you will find yourself  befuddled
and somewhat muddled
and very much puzzled
were politicians ever cuddled?
© G.W.W.2013
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A silly little verse is all I can come up with as I am somewhat  befuddled myself at the moment,not enough hours in the day, for me to play with my word a day, but I’ll be back very soon  so please stay in tune for when the words will festoon!
Inspired by a suggestion from Jade go visit her in her Jungle http://jadereyner.com/
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2013.

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HELP NEEDED FOR ALL GRANDPARENTS!

Hello my word press friends, I have   a little problem I am working on, that needs a lot of attention, specifically I need an artist, someone who can think a little outside of the box!

I have a deep hearted wish, that someone can come up with a true and original  image to go with my statement: (to Follow) to help me kick-start a much needed new kind of group/project in the U.K.

Full credit will be given but as this is a not for profit organisation that I am setting up,  no monetary reward, just the kudos that you gave of your talent and helped a minority in their quest for  recognition, families reconnect and children know where they came from!

So here goes:  My Statement  :

“GRANDPARENTS ARE A GATEWAY TO THE PAST; THEY ARE ALSO KEY TO THE FUTURE!”

G. W.W.

HERE AT GRANDPARENT SUPPORT U.K. WE  AIM TO HELP THE MODERN DAY FAMILY AS A WHOLE.

SOME GRANDPARENTS ARE FULL TIME CARERS/GUARDIANS  AND SOME HAVE LITTLE OR NO CONTACT.

AT GRANDPARENT SUPPORT  U.K. WE BELIEVE IN HELPING EACH OTHER, FROM THOSE WHO ARE EXHAUSTED TO THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF CONTACT.

IF THESE ARE ISSUES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN, OR NEED HELP WITH, PLEASE CONTACT

GRANDPARENTSUPPORT U.K.COM

Grandparentsupport@hotmail.com  please email for a contact number.

Follow on twitter @grandparentsupp

I would appreciate any and all help with this project  it has been long in the making and I hope I am not  running out of ideas! although it is taking up a lot of my time.

If you’re  not an artist maybe you can help in another way?

  • Do you have contact with your Grandparents?
  • What do/did your Grandparents mean to you? 
  • Do you have a favorite story or saying from your Grandparents?
  • How do you see the role of a Grandparent in the 21st Century?
  • If you  had lost contact  with a member of your family as a child, how did this affect you?

This is not a definitive list, it is just to help me  to help others, I am very grateful for any input. I will of course keep you posted!

Thank you

Geraldine

©G.Walsh-Whiteside 2013

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MY SIGNATURE IS A WORD A DAY.

My word for today is Signature

My signature is A Word a Day

Have you ever seen it used that way?

You may not think this is a very interesting word or that we use it every day so what can be so remarkable about it?

Well first let’s get to the basics.

sig·na·ture (from Latin: signare, “to sign”)

[sig-nuh-cher, -choor]

noun

1.

a person’s name, or a mark representing it, as signed personally or by deputy, as in subscribing a letter or other document.

2.

The act of signing a document.

3.

Music. a sign or set of signs at the beginning of a staff to indicate the key or the time of a piece.

4.

Radio.  a song, musical arrangement, sound effect, etc., used as a theme identifying a program.

5.

any unique, distinguishing aspect, feature, or mark.

The list goes on, it is used in medicine, biology and chemistry and physics to denote key aspects or signatures.

It is also used in printing, useful to know that those little letters or symbols at the foot of each sheet, placed by the printer guides the binder, as he puts your book together!

Its endless uses are found in, Art, Mathematics, computing, cryptography, music and science.

Who has not heard also of that unending phrase in cookery programmes “what’s your signature dish?”

A word of warning if you’re an autograph hunter:  an autograph is not always the same as the person’s signature.  Celebrities tend to keep their actual signature private for security reasons.

Which leads me to a very sound piece of advice my father taught me, never ever sign anything unless you have read it fully, understand and agree to it!

Why is it remarkable? you mean apart from its endless forms and uses?

Well I’ll leave you with a thought; can you imagine history without all those signatures?

https://sites.google.com/site/themedievalages101/factual-elements/the-magna-carta-101

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signature_(disambiguation)

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/signature?s=t

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TAKE A WORD & SIMPLY PLAY

The essence of my blog is a word a day, take a word away have a play, insert it into a sentence, that you  will use on the day if you can,  or save it for another day but either way have a play!

Words are fun, words are cool

words are an amazing tool

sometimes make me drool

never use them to be cruel

lest you turn out to be a fool!

So starting a blog in April somewhat sidetracked me from my idea of what I wanted to do, what with the enormous challenge of producing a poem a day which of course  I did not always accomplish, having other worldly commitments too, it was exhausting fitting it all in, and navigating my way around which I’m getting better at I hope.

So  today I just opened my dictionary and decided to choose the word blindly and this was it:

MAXIMUM

MAXI-MUM    A long dress wearing mother of the late 60’s and early 70’s?

Who remembers the original Maxi-dress? It had a recent revival in the fashion industry and now it looks set to stay!

Maxi-mummy – My inner child’s response to what the word conjures up! I did warn you that I like to play with words!

Here’s the proper definition

max·i·mum

[mak-suh-muhm]  noun, plural max·i·mums, max·i·ma 

adjective

noun

1.

the greatest quantity or amount possible, assignable, allowable,etc.

2.

the highest amount, value, or degree attained or recorded.

3.

an upper limit allowed or allowable by law or regulation.

4.

Mathematics .

a.

Also called relative maximum, local maximum. the value of a function at a certain point in its domain, which is greater than or equal to the values at all other points in the immediate vicinity of the point. Compare absolute maximum.

b.

the point in the domain at which a maximum occurs.

adjective

5.

that is a maximum; greatest or highest possible or attained:maximum satisfaction; maximum temperature.

6.

pertaining to a maximum or maximums.

 

and for more fun and maximum effect let’s see if I can insert the obvious clip from you tube!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBWf4k89eys

 

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/maximum

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DISCOMBOBULATED? YOU WILL BE!

If you think that sounds like Yoda then you won’t be far off!

Think how I felt  this morning as I lay in my bed and this word was stomping around my head and banging on the windows of my  eyes for me to open them and to wake  up, discombobulate, discombobulation discombobulating! Get up! get up!

So here I am at 5:45  a.m. in the U.K.

and your word for  today

dis·com·bob·u·late

[dis-kuhm-bob-yuh-leyt]  

verb (used with object), dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed,dis·com·bob·u·lat·ing.

to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate: The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers.
Origin: 
1825–35,  Americanism; fanciful alteration of discompose or discomfort
WELL THIS SLEEPER WAS DISCOMBOBULATED BY THIS WORD!
and now  when I  look in the mirror  I see  Yoda ….I do!

Yoda

“A word in sentence you must use!”
I CHALLENGE YOU ALL TO USE  THIS WORD IN A SENTENCE TODAY, LET ME KNOW HOW YOU GET ON.
 

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NEW WORD – PSYCHOBABBLEOLOGIST

An oil lamp, the symbol of nursing in many cou...

An oil lamp, the symbol of nursing in many countries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psychobabbleologist – Someone who practices the somewhat dubious art of psychobabble

My husband and I have the weirdest conversations sometimes, but even when we are on opposing sides  of an argument, at some point one of  us will say something, usually me with a spoonerism  that  will take the heat out of it and have us both giggling or roaring with laughter.

This evening one such debate took place, it was only a short conversation because we had been doing what a lot of couples who have been  together a number of years do, nitpick at each other all day, when we do this we give no quarter, each of us standing our ground firmly until we give in or laugh!

My husband is a retired Psychiatric Nursing Officer a good man and a great supporter of my writing,  he’s my first hand proof reader, for my poems and some articles, but I’m careful not to let him take over, ( as he can sometimes do with other projects) so I do get a bit precious about my writing, you see if anyone  overly critiques it I fear I will stop and never write again!

I have been reading a book lately  Is There a Book  in You by Alison Baverstock , and although I always felt I had one, I wasn’t convinced I had any more, but since coming to WordPress I have found a community of like minded people and realise I am not alone in my  fears and anxieties about writing.

My creativity is reaching  an all time high with a poem a day, so much so that when I was making a to do list today, I listed four books that I want to write, a critical breakthrough for me.

I  was pitching  the list to Hubby and he stopped me midstream as  he sometimes does (very annoying) and said I wasn’t qualified enough to write about alternative therapies in Mental Health or  that I may be stepping on the toes of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and the like, the fact that he hadn’t let me finish my concept led  to me shouting at him

” you don’t  need to be a psychobabbleologist to write a book!”

at which point we both just roared with laughter!

 

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