Word of the Day: Regale

I’m down from a surgery for awhile, which means no access to my computer, only a laptop.  I’m afraid that I will not be able to regale you with original arts and photos for a week or two.  (Click the images to get to the source.)

At least I’m back! (I think.)


Found on a google hunt! Click to check out the source!

“The wonderful thing about the internet is the ability to regale friends with shared artwork and stories and other random discoveries.”



1) to entertain richly or agreeably.

2) to give pleasure or amusement to.

3) gratify, delight, please, rejoice, gladden.

~ per Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day: Kibitzer

This is one of the fun words.  I want to name a cat or a dog this someday.

kibitzer“That kitten is a real kibitzer for someone who can only meow, constantly poking her nose into places nobody wants it.”


Kibitzer – noun

: one who looks on and usually offers unwanted advice

~per Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day: Avuncular

No, seriously, why does this word exist?  Not that it offends me, it just baffles my mind that we would have a word for this at all.  Is there an equally imperious-sounding equivalent for aunts? Grandparents? Siblings?  I have yet to find one.

unclefesteravuncular“The avuncular politician bought pizza for the press.”

Avuncular – adj.

: of, relating to, or resembling an uncle

~per Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day: Ferment

This word is fun.  In my oversimplified, mental expressions of the word, it’s either talking about beer, or it’s talking about a slow-burning riot.  Two things that have nothing to do with each other but at the same time can have everything to do with each other… yeah, my mind is a strange place. 😉

Sierra_Nevada_Pale_Ale“The death of their dictator sent the country into a self-destructive ferment for months.”

Ferment – verb

1) to cause or undergo fermentation

2) to be or cause to be in a state of agitation or intense activity

~per Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day: Cagey

I did not know I’ve been using this word just slightly wrong all along.  Oops!

cagey“The cagey old codger had already worked out a plan for getting those damn kids off his lawn.”

Cagey – adjective

1) not willing to say everything that you know about something
2) careful to avoid being trapped or tricked
3) very clever
~ per Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day: Deadpan

This is one of those often-used words that we think we know what it means. I think maybe Inigo Montoya disapproves when we use it too much.


deadpan“The deadpan delivery did nothing to soften the blow of the bad news.”

Deadpan – adjective

1) showing no feeling or emotion

2) marked by an impassive matter-of-fact manner, style, or expression.

~per Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day: Machinate

Dues ex machina! Only, you know, less godly…

machinate“The evil principal ultimately fell victim to the machinations of his clever senior students and their determination for a day off.”

Machinate- verb

intransitive verb
:  to plan or plot especially to do harm
transitive verb
:  to scheme or contrive to bring about
~per Merriam-Webster