Vocabulary Mondays: gratitude

Photo taken from:  A Conscious Beauty Blog
Photo taken from: A Conscious Beauty Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word:  gratitude

Part of Speech:  ¹noun

Meaning:

  1. the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.²

Word Usage:

He expressed his gratitude to everyone on the staff.³


¹Thesaurus.com./browse/gratitude>
[²][³]Dictionary.reference.com/browse/gratitude

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

Vocabulary Mondays: chuse

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  chuse¹

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning:

  1. archaic variant of choose¹

Word Usage:

“The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”²


¹Merriam-Webster.com.  <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chuse?show=0&t=1400634991&gt;
²The Constitution of the United States of America

Vocabulary Mondays: unfair

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  ¹unfair

Part of Speech:  ²adjective

Meaning:

  1. Not fair; not conforming to approved standards, as of justice, honesty, or ethics:  an unfair law; an unfair wage policy.
  2. disproportionate; undue; beyond what is proper or fitting:  an unfair share.²

Word Usage:

The unfair actions of others made Nathan question Gods love for him.


¹Thesaurus.com. <http://thesaurus.com/browse/unfair&gt;
²Dictionary.com. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/unfair, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/adjective&gt;

Vocabulary Mondays: Commonsensical

Photo Taken From:  http://thegrio.com/2014/05/02/second-grader-handcuffedWord:  Commonsensical

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:

Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.

Word Usage:

The other day as I was reading headlines on Facebook I stumbled across a very sad story.  The story was about a seven-year old boy named Kalyb Primm Wiley.  He had been placed in handcuffs by his schools security.  Apparently the little boy had been picked on by his peers.  Feed up with the ill-treatment and feeling helpless the little seven-year old boy began to scream.  After he began to scream the unskilled teacher called for help to restrain the yelling child.  From the sounds of things the adults in charged didn’t try or was unable to rationally communicate with the child during his meltdown; therefore, he was placed in handcuffs until his father arrived.

When his father got to the school and saw his son in handcuffs he could not believe his eyes.  Now . . . I’m not saying white students are not mistreated . . . but a large percentage of white parents would have taken pictures of their child’s inhumane condition.  Most white parents whether they like their kid or not would have begun building social coffins for social antics they consider inhumane.  The photos taken would have been sent to an attorney, the school district superintendent, their state’s governor, their state’s senator, their city/town mayor, every newspaper in this country and all powers that be.  And in the end their child would receive a large monetary settlement from the school district for being publicly humiliated.  But so often when black students suffer at the hands of those that are in position of trust nothing is ever done.

I’m following this particular story.  I want to see how long it takes the school district in Kansas City, MO to change their policy on children and handcuffs.  Especially since those that enforce the rules are not commonsensical in character.

 

 

 

Vocabulary Mondays: Dearth

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

 

 

Last night I was chatting with a cousin-in-law.  He used the word dearth.  I had never heard of the word.  And I was too embarrassed to ask the meaning.  So I wrote the word down on a piece of paper with the intent to use it for today’s post.

 

 

Word:  Dearth

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:

1.  an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack: There is a dearth of good engineers.

2.  scarcity and dearness of food; famine.

Word Origin & History

dearth

mid-13c., derthe “scarcity,” abstract n. formed from root of O.E. deore “precious, costly” (see dear). Originally used of famines, when food was costly because scarce.

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