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Learning New Words #2

February 20, 2010

Learning New Words – Together

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to leave a comment using one (or more) of the following words.
Why yes, this IS a challenge. 😉

1. myrmidon • \MER-muh-dahn\
: a loyal follower; especially : a subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly or unscrupulously

2. cosmeticize • \kahz-MET-uh-syze\
: to make (something unpleasant or ugly) superficially attractive

3. noetic • \noh-ET-ik\
: of, relating to, or based on the intellect

4. interdigitate • \in-ter-DIJ-uh-tayt\
: to become interlocked like the fingers of folded hands

5. bolide • \BOH-lyde\
: a large meteor : fireball; especially : one that explodes

  1. February 20, 2010 1:38 am

    You could have added colour to the news words, thus cosmeticizing them. But I’m so glad you didn’t go the way of many newspapers who post up far from noetic, bolide-like headlines, thus blowing the item out of all proportion. Fortunately, not all journalists are such myrmidon.

    And I do hope that other people leave comments so that mine can interdigitate with them.

  2. February 20, 2010 1:43 am

    A haiku:

    a myrmidon wife
    interdigitate with her
    noetic husband

  3. February 20, 2010 1:02 pm

    Words are slaves, noetic myrmidons laboring to interdigitate bolides of inspiration with cosmeticized complacence.

  4. February 21, 2010 8:25 am

    You know I can’t pass up a good challenge – I am a myrmidon to all things dared or memed. I’m not sure if this is noetic to the conversation, but I just wanted to comment, Karen, that if a bolide comes crashing through my apartment and lands on the mouse we’ve been unable to capture, but leaves everything else untouched. I won’t mind.

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