Word Play

Word Play

Can you match the following words with a definition on the right? Use a dictionary or Dictionary.com if needed. Or check the answers below.

viridescent                        a. having a greenish hue
chthonic                            b. able to produce a result
pedagogic                         c. secretive; stealthy
surreptitious                     d. belonging or relating to the underworld
efficacious                         e. related to teaching or education

Your assignment is to casually work at least three of those words into a conversation this week. (And no, it doesn’t count to ask the other person if he or she knows what the word means!)

As always, the answers are: a, b, c, d, and e, but not necessarily in that order. ☺

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Today’s Photo

Some beautiful flowers to brighten your day.

Mother Nature had some assistance from the groundskeepers at the local zoo and together they produced outstanding flower displays this year.

Beginnings & Endings

Today’s entry is from a short novel by Ernest Hemingway. Read  more about Papa Hemingway’s life and work here and here.

The Old Man and the Sea was published in 1952, just before Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, with specific mention of his narrative mastery as exemplified in this novel. He was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for this novel.

The title tells more than enough of what the story is about. The first sentence:

“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.”

And the last:

“The old man was dreaming about the lions.”

Definitely worth a read or a re-read.