Vocabulary Mondays: détente

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  détente

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:

  1. a relaxing of tension, especially between nations, as by negotiations or agreements.

Word Usage:

¹Détente presupposes that the two powers will continue to disagree but seeks to reduce the occasions of conflict.


 

[¹]dictionary.reference.com http:/browse/détente

Vocabulary Mondays: pansexual

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  ¹pansexual

Part of Speech:  Not sure but pansexual should be an adjective because it describes a particular quality of a word.

Meaning:

  1. ²is sexual attraction, sexual desire, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity.
  2. ³The Oxford Dictionary of English definition is quoted as stating ‘not limited or inhibited in sexual choice with regard to gender or activity.’

Word Usage:

Kate’s parents are upset with her because she is pansexual.


[¹][²][³]Wikipedia.com. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pansexuality

Prayers of Black Women: Lord Teach Me How to Write

The Little Red Writing BookAll week-long I have asked God to teach me how to write.  Writing well is such an essential part of communicating effectively.  And I wish to communicate without feeling less than.

Well-any-who-how, a couple of days ago I felt guilty, again, for spending too much time on Facebook.  So, today I prayed for the Lord to help me make better use of my time.  He quickly answered my prayer!  But what I didn’t know is that He was going to make this a treasure trove day full of blessings.

What seemed as meaningless chores became nothing but inspirational moments.

As I pulled weeds and grass from flowerbeds God was spiritually blessing me.  He was giving me answers to questions I had long forgotten.  I wanted to stop my gardening chores and run in the house to grab pen and paper to write what I had learned.  But something within said, “Don’t stop!  Keep going!  Because if you stop you will not return.  Set a goal and complete that goal.”

I did everything that was shouting from within and found my hour of gardening more refreshing for my soul than the long days I have worked in my yard.

But the motivational and inspirational blessings kept coming as I entered my home and proceeded to do housework.  I would venture to write the greatest blessing for today was finding a little red book.  I would have never found it had I not been rearranging books on the bookshelves.  It was tucked underneath books I have meant to read for a year now.  The titled “The Little Red Writing Book.”

I can only assume it was a college text for one of my sons.  They seem to throw their books here and there once they’ve passed whatever class.  I, however, seem to cherish books.  So, I walk behind them picking up their discarded books and place them on my bookshelves.

I was happy to discover such a fine.  I feel like the book was indeed sent to me by God.  And He used one of my son’s to deliver it to me.  His actions answered a prayer that lay deep within my subconscious for decades; as my wish was finally whispered a few days ago.

— Prayer —

Lord, thank you for my little red book.  Please help me to understand its content.  I will cherish it always.

Your Loving Daughter,
Annette

Vocabulary Mondays: Agapae

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Photo taken from: http://ubdavid.org/advanced/practical/practical-christian_21.html

It has been years since I have used the word agapae.  But I wanted to use it in a short message to a dear friend.  Since I knew I had forgotten how to spell the word I decided to Google it.  I typed the following within the Google search bar:  agodbae, agodba, agotbae and etc.  Yet, nothing I spelled gave me the correct spelling for the word I so dearly wanted to use.  I was becoming frustrated.  I even thought maybe I had learned a word that did not exist.

Let’s just say it took me forever to find the correct spelling of agape, but, nevertheless, I found it!  And I used it!  Hip hip hooray!

Word:  agapae

Part of Speech:  noun, plural

Meanings:

1.  the love of God or Christ for humankind.

2.  the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.

3.  unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.

4.  love feast (  defs 1, 2 ).

Origin and History:

agape
c.1600, from Gk. agapan “greet with affection, love” (used by early Christians for their “love feast” held in connection with the Lord’s Supper), from agapan “to love,” of unknown origin. In modern use, often in simpler sense of “Christian love” (1856, frequently opposed to eros as “carnal or sensual.

 

Vocabulary Mondays: kelpie

Photo taken from:  TeachHub.com
Photo taken from: TeachHub.com

Word:  kelpie

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:  (in Scottish legends) a water spirit, usually having the form of a horse, reputed to cause drownings or to warn those in danger of drowning.

Word Origin and History:  

1747, Scottish, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Gael. colpach “heifer, steer, colt;” colpa “cow,horse.” The Lowland name of a demon in the shape of a horse that was reputed to haunt lakes and riversand to delight in causing drownings. But unlike its equivalents in Dan. (nøkken) and Icel.  –Dictionary.com

 

Vocabulary Mondays: fastidious

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  fastidious

Part of Speech:  adjective

Meaning:  excessively particular or critical; hard to please

Word Usage:  Grant is a FASTIDIOUS dresser, he’ll wear clothing only from the best designers.   (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)

 

Vocabulary Mondays – exacerbate

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  exacerbate

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning:  to intensify bitterness or violence

Word Usage:  The terrorist attacks EXACERBATED the already strained relations between the two countries.   (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)