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The incessant questions from my daughter has kicked into gear. Yesterday she caught me short with this one;

“What’s a country?”

My mind automatically does something like this: Noun, person, place, thing…

My mouth does this:

“It’s a place…defined by physical borders, politics and culture.”

She was silent.

I hope I didn’t break that particular train of thought. I hope I planted a seed instead. I’ve got to get better at this real quick.

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Christina’s World, Wyeth (MoMA)

grass widow 

noun

1
a : a discarded mistress

b : a woman who has had an illegitimate child
2
a : a woman whose husband is temporarily away from her

b : a woman divorced or separated from her husband
“That’s some archaic bullshit right there. Grass widow. You may as well just say a woman without a man. As if she’s useless without one.”

can·ny  (kn)
adj. can·ni·er, can·ni·est
1. Careful and shrewd, especially where one’s own interests are concerned.
2. Cautious in spending money; frugal.
3. Scots
a. Steady, restrained, and gentle.
b. Snug and quiet.

As in: “You are too canny to lose this job.”

I’ve always liked this word, and then I looked up the etymology. It’s Scots, of course

Frisson:
noun
1. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingle an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

Not to be confused with frission

Ne’er do well:

A person who is lazy and irresponsible.

Perfect. Chopped up and cobbled together, just like it ought to.

Carbuncle

As in…

“Discovering I am the only person in the office who knows what Bukkake is makes me feel like I found a carbuncle on my soul. I spend too much time on the internet.”

Virago

I would love to see this word make a comeback, and move closer towards its original meaning…

“When she was brought before Adam, Virago was the name he gave to her; Therefore she is called Virago, For she was made out of the man.”

Thanks Wikipedia!

 

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