Word of the Week Wednesday: prorogue

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: prorogue.

To prorogue means to postpone or defer.  Often, it’s used in reference to a legislative body meaning to discontinue meetings without dissolving it.

It’s kind of a specialized term and the definition doesn’t too much to fire my imagination but I like the sound of the word.


Word of the Week Wednesday: frippery

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: frippery.

Frippery means showy clothing or ostentation with the expanded meaning of trivia or unimportant things.

It originally comes from the Old French for rags or cast-off clothing and picked up the ironic meaning of finery.

I like that it’s got an old-fashioned sound to it and is almost onomatopoeic in that flipping can be wasting time.

I yearn to one day dismiss something with the phrase: “Frippery, frippery frippery.”

Word of the Week Wednesday: brisance

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: brisance.

 Brisance describes the shattering effect of high explosives.

It comes from the French word for break or shatter.

What I find interesting is how similar the word seems to be to the unrelated word: brilliance.  Brilliance can be seen as an explosion of light.

Despite the sounds and the figurative relation of meanings, the similarities seem to be entirely coincidental, as far as I can tell.

Special Occasion Speeches: Speaking in Praise

For Mothers Day, in honor of my mother I will discuss my speech for the second project in the Special Occasion Speeches Advanced Communicators Manual: Speaking in Praise.

The goal of this project is to honor an individual with the speech.

My mother passed on soon after I joined Toastmasters and at the time, I wished I was comfortable enough to deliver a eulogy for her.  I took this project as an opportunity to do just that.

While I did choke up a bit from time to time during the speech, I am proud to say that I was able to hold it together enough to honor a woman worthy of honor.

I talked about how she was able to raise seven children to become genuinely good people while working full-time to support them. At the same time I stressed that she knew when to reach out for help when it was needed.

She treated each of her children as individuals which taught me the importance of family while still allowing me to become my own person.

One of her most important lessons to me was not to dwell on negative emotions and experiences but to work though them.  She taught me that the negative should be analyzed and overcome but the positive should just be enjoyed.

It was in her honor and memory I gave the speech and in her honor and memory I share the experience.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  I miss you.

Word of the Week Wednesday: selcouth

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: selcouth.

Selcouth could be considered a self-describing word.  It means strange or uncommon.

It comes originally from Old English from sel- as in seldom and couth which used to mean known or familiar.

This is a fun, odd word but not really one that feels like it would slip easily into everyday conversation.  Although, I suppose if it could, it wouldn’t be very selcouth.


Word of the Week Wednesday: obviate

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: obviate.

To obviate is to eliminate the need for something or to avoid a future difficulty, generally through the use of proper precaution.

I do tend to use this word quite a bit because, even though it’s relatively rare, I haven’t come across another word that means quite the same.

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