Potentate – a powerful ruler, or monarch

Example: People tired of the potentate’s oppressive laws, and vowed to vote her out, next election.

Bumboat – a small boat, used as a water taxi or ferry

Example: The tourists took a bumboat to get a good look at the picturesque scenery.

Protean – versatile, or easily shifting shape

Example: The writer’s protean ability to produce stories in different genres is remarkable, as many usually stick with one.

Mephitic – odorous or poisonous

Example: The college student’s dorm room was cluttered with dirty clothes, which probably yielded the mephitic air.

Trenchant – intense or forceful

Example: The teacher’s trenchant tone caused the child to cry.

Ataraxy – calm; free from chaos or anxiety

Example: The sunny morning on the beach yielded ataraxy that the city never could.

Chandler – a supplier for boats or ships; aka a candle-maker

Example: Explorers probably stopped by the chandler to stock up before their voyages to The New World.

Spoonerism – a swap of the first two letters of two words

Example: I was nervous while reading aloud in class, and uttered the spoonerism “E Thend,” instead of “The End.”

Nabob – a wealthy or influential person

Example: The nabob had so many invitations to council meetings that he had to turn some down.

Brobdingnagian – of humongous size

Example: Nick won the county fair with his Brobdingnagian pumpkin.

Haberdasher – a men’s clothing store, usually upscale. Hence the term “haberdashery.”

Example: The haberdasher got plenty of business in the winter, as people needed buttons sewn on their winter coats.

Pannier – a large storage basket to tote things; also a petticoat hoop

Example: Sheila rode her bike everywhere, and toted her small dog in a pannier she installed on the front.



I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy

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