Posts Tagged ‘aegis’


Word of the Week: tourbillion

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Notice anything new about the MIP web site this morning??? If not, look up at the page tabs right above the dark blue “stripe” above this post. Yes, you found it! It’s the tab for the MIP Book Club! Go peruse that new page right now…it’s okay…I’ll wait! Needless to say, I’m excited about the Book Club and I hope you are, too! Keep up with the Book Club by clicking on that page periodically. I plan to announce the book for October very, very soon!

Good morning, Word Lovers! Last week’s Word of the Week (WOW) was orgulous. Merriam-Webster Online says that orgulous means proud. So, if your oldest kid just got a promotion, you could say you’re orgulous. If your middle kid is finishing up her master’s degree at a rather prestigious university, you could say you’re orgulous. And if your youngest is actually doing his homework as a freshman at another university, you could also say you’re orgulous. And yes, I get to say I’m orgulous on all 3 of those counts!

This week’s word is tourbillion. Here are my guesses for tourbillion:

tourbillion: (tur-ˈbil-yən)1. the number of tours cancelled if a cruise line has had a series of unfortunate events all in one year 2. the number of tourniquets used for a Sharknado movie 3. the number of bicycle tires used in the Tour de France

What’s your guess for tourbillion? I’m guessing that my mathematician readers already know this one!

Wednesday’s Post: Lessons Learned from Attending My First Women of Faith Conference…

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Word of the Week: roseate

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Last week’s Word of the Week (WOW) was aegis. There are 3 definitions for it at Merriam-Webster Online and I have a sneaky suspicion that the first one is largely archaic, but thanks to a resurgent interest in mythology cinematically, maybe it’s getting a little more usage these days. Here’s what had to say on the subject: 1) a shield or breastplate emblematic of majesty that was associated with Zeus and Athena 2) protection or controlling or conditioning influence and 3) auspices, control or guidance especially by an individual, group, or system. When I think about those last 2 definitions, I do believe I have heard this word in actual usage, but if it means auspices, why not just use the much more popular auspices???

Way too serious for a Monday? Okay…On to the WOW for this week, which is roseate. Here are my definition guesses for roseate:

roseate: (ˈrō-zē-ət) 1. when the dog eats your roses (a very real possibility at my house…sigh) 2. Ross’ seat in  le France 3. the lunch Rosie the Riveter had while working at the factory in WWII. You’re welcome for the bonus history lesson today.

So, what are your guesses for roseate??? Leave a comment below regarding your guess (or just the fact that my guesses are under the aegis of insanity)

Tomorrow’s Post: What act of kindness did you do for a selfless teacher?

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