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Alphabet Soup

During the A to Z Challenge, one of the things which took a backseat to psychology was posts which are inspired by the M3 Readers. One such post comes compliments of my sister. Another wordsmith with an abundance of letters, this will be a polysyllabic tribute, but without my usual mean bone being the part which clubs you over the head upon entry into the atmosphere.

I have been often accused of being highfalootin’. I usually answer with a very articulate raspberry. Those who know me via the real world and telephone all immediately notice, I am like most writers: I write the way I speak. No, I am not a word snob. I am anti-common.


Yes, I can be one. So can what I am about to do, so I shall make is as relatively painless as possible. The last time I did this, the inbox blew up into shards. Rather than leave you all Googling into the night, I shall explain as I go.


Alphabetically Speaking

Val had a good time with the award she got Channel Comfort. When I got a similar one from Mystery Coach, there was much head scratching and speculation about my ability to coin words to suit the occasion. If you want to check my work and be sure I am not cheating by repeating answers, feel free. Now, it is my turn to reveal myself alphabetically. This time, I am going to use nouns and verbs for a twist.

Anomaly: I am a walking statistic, the quintessential exception to the rule, as it were.

Bonding: Regardless of forum, I prefer to promote bonding, especially when the person before me truly needs to bond to reality, identity or the absolute fact we are all complete as we are.

Catharsis: I uphold the belief without catharsis we would individually explode like kernels in a microwave popcorn bag. Cleaning the clock is the only way for it to continue keeping time.

Defiance: As though this needs any explanation, I refer you to any post on M3 about niche blogging or search the term tongue stuck out.

Enigma: I am hardly difficult to discern, yet those who find me confounding merely fail to ask me Why? With an utter lack of ulterior motives, I baffle many by belying what most have come to accept as human nature.

Foundation: My choice for favorite number reveals a level nature. While I often change the height of the level, it remains stable in the same way a sine wave does.

Gourmet: When I choose to cook, it is scrumptious.

Heart: Mine is large, scarred, mended and often raw, but beats with a ferocity.

Identity: Doubt is erased by analytic observation. The end.

Jaculation: One of the most calming techniques for me is throwing. My preferred medium is #88 limestone.

Kippage: All too often I defensively resort to an undercurrent of rage which manifests in scathing sarcasm. If you think I am sarcastic here, you ain’t seen nothin’.

Lexicon: M3 is a monumental effort to keep the American lexicon from devolving into the 400 words used everyday…most in the wrong context.

Morel: Albeit a currently reemerging one, I am often the dark horse. Initial prospects for me are eternally underestimated. See Enigma.

Grammar Nazi

The Official Badge

Nazi: My intolerance for pigeon English and abysmal grammar is renowned. I am equally intolerant of theft, hypocrisy, prevarication, abuse and incompetence.

Obduracy: While I may sit idle as you prattle your position, do not mistake it as my acceptance of your stance. Do hold the hook, line and sinker. I can be stubborn to the point of inducing strings of obscenities. Obstinance only half describes how entrenched I can be.

Pragmatism: If left to my own devices and timetable, decisions are practical and self-sustaining. I prefer pragmatic gifts and conversations to what has become accepted entertainment.

Quaesitum: Without rest, I seek knowledge and truth.

Realism: Often mistaken for cynicism, my realistic view of the world around me is borne of experience, (normally taxed) patience, complex problem-solving and discernment. The combination helps me burst bubbles.

Silence: A commodity wasted by those with hearing and despised by those without. I rarely have an excess or a deficit of it; however, both are poorly timed.

The Bell Shall Soon Toll

Time: Mine is finite. Each moment is savored in its singularity.

Uberity: Prolific is one of the adjectives most often used to describe me.

Voluptuousness: All things should be appealing to more than one sense…even when the appeal lacks common sense, in its traditional capacity.

Whemmle: Overturning the apple cart is often the most expeditious route to positive change.

Xenagogue: My ability to introduce strangers for their mutual benefit is so characteristic someone had to point it out to me, for I had never known it was a rare trait.

Yari: When I learned to fence, my favorite weapons were not epees or foils, but were spears (Su yari is a Japanese, double-edged spear.), maces, staffs and katanas.

Ziggurat: One of the things on my bucket list is to see the Great Pyramids.

Your Turn

If you think I am going to list a load of blogs for you to run go see, thereby obligating them in some fashion to do as I have done, you missed it. Instead, we are going to have a little fun. You get to claim this one. Can you name five verbs or five nouns, especially ones which are not on the 400 word list, which describe you? Leave a comment with them, and you can take it away.

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If you want to blog your alphabet, link back to this post so I can find it and come to enjoy your words. I adore word games.


Which word was a complete surprise? State whichever number is smaller, how many of the words did you (or not) know. Can you name another not-so-run-of-the-mill verb or noun which describes me?


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  1. No comment.
    Binky recently posted..Full BrainMy Profile

    • Red

       /  May 16, 2012

      What causes speechlessness in a Wombie?

      • Not enough chocolate on the pancakes Red 🙂

        Androgoth XXx

        • Red

           /  May 17, 2012

          I have that backward…I would have thought it would make them more vocal than less 😉

          • A severe chocolate or wine gum deficiency could be fatal for a Wombie, but a sub-maximal dose could either cause silence or vocal opposition depending on other variables.
            Binky recently posted..Extra Healthy WeightMy Profile

          • Red

             /  May 17, 2012

            I cannot see Fraz being quiet enough to ever have a deficiency!

  2. Since I have already claimed this once before and I am tired tonight I don’t think I will play.

    I will say to you there isn’t a single one I would even slightly take issue with on your list. Your definition of yourself is perfection. Most of us do not have this clarity, even in our more quieter moments.

    Perhaps it is our mirrors that are flawed.
    valentinelogar recently posted..Zaftig in a MirrorMy Profile

    • Red

       /  May 16, 2012

      I quit living in the fun house a long time ago. Wordsmithy is such a fun exercise. I hope I can engage a few in the game before this post is dust.

  3. well said. I mean where is it written that we have to write with propper anglish. Keep up the good work.
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  4. Dynamic: We tend to see the people around us as static when they are (were) dynamic, changing real people with lives, loves and fears. The old were once young and the young will grow old and die. That’s life.

    Knowing (and wanting): How can I know what I want until I have it? or How can I know what I have until I want it?

    Peripheral: Ideas appear in our peripheral vision. Look headon and they evaporate like water drops on a hot griddle.

    Wonder: The commonplace buries wonder in the mundane. Yet even the supposed mundane is wondrous when we choose to see. It is our choice you know.

    Independent: People and cats have a lot in common. They’re independent, dislike being ordered about and respond in kind when treated with respect.


    • Red

       /  May 16, 2012

      Brava, John! So very good to see you tonight. If I did not know any better, I would swear you had read this week’s Muse. Such truisms. Red.

  5. Funny woman. Just what I needed to read tonight. You may have inspired my next post 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Red

       /  May 16, 2012

      Oh, I would so enjoy you taking this one and running with it! <3

  6. OMG almost all the words were complete surprise and i had to google them to find more about them ..i swear i have never heard of them before this post.
    Whemmle,Xenagogue,Yari and last but not the least Ziggurat. : shock:
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    • Red

       /  May 17, 2012

      I really should do that a little more often. There are so many I know the meanings I only reach out for deeper definitions when I make posts like this or to feature one which stands alone to elucidate a particular word. Discovering the etymology is often fun, and triggers my inner curiosity for so many other things. I hope you enjoyed the Googling!

  7. It sounds like you are on form my friend!!! 🙂

    Verbs and nouns hmmm???

    Given I was only recently introduced to the terms I bet I’d get it wrong!!!

    Gentle, Kindly, Patient – There’s three right there! 🙂

    Love and squishy hugs!

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    • Red

       /  May 17, 2012

      Ah, Pren, but I am a Grammar Nazi. You know I know these things intimately. You are so kind, especially after all of my posts professing my handicap in the patience department. {HUGZ} Red.

  8. “Fun with words”. I loved it!

    • Red

       /  May 17, 2012

      There is a theme of that around here! Glad to see you, Hook. You need to swing by the Green Room and drop a link to your blog. There are plenty here who would love your place. (Check out the top menu bar.)

  9. “Heart: Mine is large, scarred, mended and often raw, but beats with a ferocity.”———-AWESOME HEART RED ………

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    • Red

       /  May 17, 2012

      Good morning, Cat. Good to see you today. I am quite fierce 😉 {HUGZ} Red. xxx

  10. Hahaha…
    oh no! My ‘way with words’ must drive you absolutely nuts, Red!
    (insert blush into the above smilie)
    spilledinkguy recently posted..Translucent GreenMy Profile

    • Red

       /  May 17, 2012

      LOL! I never take it out on my friends…only the hatemailers. 😉


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