Lady Rougepen Says: Contronyms Are Cool

 

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What is a contronym? It’s a word with 2 contradictory meanings. Examples:

Bolt –  to secure, lock up/to rapidly flee.

Bound – headed towards a destination/restrained with ropes or wraps.

Dust – to add fine particles with a brush or puff (to dust yourself with talcum powder)/to remove them with a feather duster.

Fast – quick (Jeff runs so fast)/or to hold on to, as in “steadfast.”

Left – to stay (as in left back or behind)/or depart.

Weather – to tolerate (weather the storm)/or to wear down (a weathered bench)

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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!

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Lady Rougepen Asks: Do You Believe in Magic?

 

Pulling a rabbit out of a hat. - Wooder Ice

Magic” is an ancient word, derived from “mageia.” Persian priests, “magosh,” were the first to perform magic tricks. The magician’s jargon “abracadabra” means “I will create as I speak.” It’s Hebrew.

We have two cultures to thank for this amazing, slight-of-hand art!

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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!

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Synonyms for “Bad”

“Bad” is such a boring word. See my video to punch up your writing with these synonyms for that word. It’s older, but the info is still helpful: https://youtu.be/aL2NyHuKaOY

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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!

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Lady Rougepen Presents: Yeehaw Words

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Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play… Some words we still use from The Old West:

Ace in the hole – it literally meant the perfect hideout, or a well-hidden gun, but we use it to mean we have it made.

Bee in your bonnet – either upset, or a great idea.

Caterwauling –  to moan or sing badly

Fit to be tied – angry

Lickety split – rapid

Varmint – wild animal, or bad person

Yellow belly – coward

Yeehaw! I think that’s pretty cool. Tell me what others you know.

 

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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!

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Lady Rougepen Says: Of Biblical Proportions

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We get many sayings from The Good Book. Here are some of the most common:

  • See the writing on the wall. (Daniel 5:5-6; to be warned of something detrimental)
  • Forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:16-17; something that’s more appealing because you can’t have it.)
  • Land of milk and honey (Exodus 3:8; paradise)
  • Apple of my eye (Deuteronomy 32:10; adored one)
  • Bite the dust. (Psalms 72:9; death, as in we return to the dust, upon death)
  • For everything, there is a season. (Eccelesiates 3:1; you can’t force something to happen if it’s not time.)
  • Cross to bear (Matthew 16:24; personal hardship)
  • The eleventh hour (Matthew 20:6; the moment before it’s too late, just in time)
  • The powers that be (Romans 13:11; authority figures)

Lady Rougepen Says: Luck be a Lady

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The word “fortune” derives from the Roman goddess of luck, Fortuna. She is said to be Jupiter’s daughter, and also to bring forth bountiful farming, if in a good mood. She has ties to the cornucopia or horn-of-plenty, which is the cone, spilling fruits and vegetables we often see in autumn decorations.

Fortuna was not all about good luck. She brought bad luck too. It depended on how you played your cards (no pun intended). She might give you your just desserts if you were naughty, according to legend. Think of Fortuna the next time you say, “Good luck!”

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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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!

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Lady Rougepen Presents: Va-va-va-voom Vocabulary

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Oevre – an artist’s particular piece

Example: Monet’s beach oevre is showing at the art museum, next week. Would you like to go with me?

Gelastic – provoking a fit of laughter

Example: Lucille Ball’s physical comedy never fails to produce gelastic results for me.

Hygge – an atmosphere of profound comfort or coziness

Example: It was a cold, gray day, so I created ideal hygge with cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate.

Panacea – a cure-all, or solution to a laundry list of problems

Example: My grandmother swears that bananas are a panacea for everything from joint aches to low energy.

Madeleine – 2 meanings: something that recreates a memory, or a small cake, shaped like a shell.

Example: Shelly brought madeleines to Jeff’s birthday, and they were a big hit.

Pescatarian – someone who only eats fish

Example: I’ve been a pescatarian for two years now, and my bloodwork results are much improved.

Indolent – slow or lazy

Example: The teenager’s indolent attitude angered his father.

Aphorism – a short, wise or instructional statement

Example: “Life is not fair” is probably one of the most popular aphorisms. Don’t you agree?

Lugubrious – extremely mournful, or sad

Example: The toddler was lugubrious after flushing his action figure down the toilet.

Ardent – Fiery or intense enthusiasm

Example: Thanks to my gardener’s ardent efforts, my lawn is dandelion-free in the spring and summer.

Quaff – to gulp heartily

Example: The winning team cheered and quaffed Gatorade back in the locker room.

Vainglorious – boastful, or swollen pride

Example: Brad was so vainglorious about winning the tennis match this afternoon that I refused lunch with him at a later date.

Happy writing!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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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!

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Lady Rougepen Says: A Vocabulary Bouquet

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Sonorous – resonant or deep in sound

Example: Gulls cawed a sonorous chorus on the beach.

Edema – to fill with fluid; swell

Example: It’s advised that you rest a limb in an elevated position, if you have edema in it.

Acerbic – sharp or harsh; bitter

Example: Sandra is known for her acerbic wit.

Aphorism – a brief, succinct statement or observation

Example: The aphorism “Eat, drink, and be merry” is from pharaoh Imhotep.

Arcane – obscure or esoteric

Example: The boys wouldn’t let anyone enter the clubhouse without doing the arcane handshake they invented.

Dilatory – wasting time, or causing delay

Example: Jeff did dilatory things, such as read comic books, before getting to his chores.

Effulgent – glowing, or shining

Example: Neon lights’ effulgent beams decorated the busy Friday night in the city.

Ossified – to become bone-like; rigid

Example: The aquarium floor was decorated with ossified wood to give it a more natural look.

Lachrymose – weepy; to cause sorrow

Example: Terms of Endearment is a notoriously lachrymose movie.

Abnegation – denial; to refuse personal responsibility

Example: The politician was not reelected, due to his many abnegations when he was in office his first term.

Hoarfrost – the fuzzy frost that forms from dew

Example: Hoarfrost on leaves is always an enchanting sight on winter mornings.

Celerity – swift, or rapid

Example: When I realized that the store would close in one hour, I jumped in my car with celerity.

 

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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!

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Lady Rougepen Says: See the Light

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Many know that the prefix “luc” means “light,” such as “lucid,” but have you ever thought about its roots? That prefix is from Old Scratch. The Prince of Darkness. That’s right; the devil.

You see, it was said that Lucifer, for whom we derive that prefix from, showed himself as an illuminated body in the sky when he was booted from Heaven. His name means “light-bringing” or “morning star” in Latin.

I find etymology from mythology to be most interesting. The prefix “pan,” meaning “all” is from the ancient Greek god Pan, from which we get the following words:

  • Panacea
  • Panoramic
  • Pandemic

What words with ancient roots hit your sweet spot?

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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!

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LADY ROUGEPEN PRESENTS: THE VOCABULARY DOZEN

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Deontology – the study or theory of ethics

Example: Treating others the way you want to be treated is basic deontology.

Plaudit – appraise or applause

Example: The high school student beamed when the audience showered her with plaudits, after the play’s finale.

Meritocracy – a government, based on talent or performance, instead of birthright.

Example: America separated from the British, seeking meritocracy in the government, instead of a monarchy.

Blandishment – persuasion with wiles or flattery.

Example: A little blandishment never hurts when you’re doing a fundraiser.

Arboreal – relating to trees

Example: A rainforest is nature’s arboreal heaven.

Autodidact – a skilled person who is self-taught.

Example: Perry is an autodidact pianist.

Monoculture – growing one kind of crop

Example: Corn farmers are known for their monoculture growing habits.

Aperture – a portal or opening

Example: The aperture in the mine shaft was so narrow, I don’t know how the miners got through it.

Vicissitude – changing a cycle or habit

Example: Seasons’ vicissitude is something we can never escape.

Divination – A strong feeling of intuition or clairvoyance.

Example: The feeling of divination told me that I would get the promotion. It was right.

Hugger-mugger – disarray, clutter; or a covert manner

Example: The man on the corner made me nervous, as he exuded an aura of hugger-mugger.

Verve – high-energy or spirited, lively

Example: The colorful painting instantly added verve to the dull living room.

 

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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!

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