Word of the Day – moonbow

5001104Today’s word is moonbow. This word refers to a rainbow caused by the refraction and reflection of light from the moon.  Wow, such a cool word!  So unexpected!

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Word of the Day – Tenebrific

IMG_0205Today’s word is tenebrific. This word is gloomy.  Synonyms of it are “depressing”, “dismal” etc. Wow, this is NOT what I expected! (I guess I was thinking “terrific”.) I spend much of my time trying to avoid this feeling, but as I was reading this morning, sometimes we just need to give in to this gloomy feeling; it can be cathartic.

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Word of the Day – Brobdingnagian

Today’s word is brobdingnagian. This is such a funny sounding word. This one made me laugh. Listen to this pronunciation voice! I just had to listen over and over!!!!

Originally this word referred to an inhabitant of Brobdingnag, which is the fictional land in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. It has since taken on the meaning of anything gigantic. One synonym is “humongous”.  This reminds me of something that has always cracked me up. One of my favorite “arguments” with my then 3-year-old son was the “humongous” discussion.  It started with him saying something was “mongous” and then I corrected him by saying “HUmongous”.  He then angrily replied, “I’m not mongous, YOU mongous!”.

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Word of the Day – Nonesuch

38554e981b297ee8ddb43bf30f2fb00bToday’s word is nonesuch. This refers to a person being unique.  Aren’t we all? Yes, I am who I am because of my Ataxia, but Ataxia does not define me.  I am Donna, who happens to have Ataxia!

However, it is so easy to jump on the “I am Woman, hear me roar!” bandwagon when I’m hiding behind the keyboard.  I need to keep that attitude even when I’m not hidden.