Overheard by a Bird (UNH Edition)

Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: cumshaw (KUHM-shaw), noun; 1. A present; gratuity; tip. Did they seriously just say that? “Trees cause more pollution that automobiles do.”…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: zeitgeber (TSAHYT-gey-ber), noun; 1. An environmental cue, as the length of daylight, that helps to regulate the cycles of an organism’s…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: eudemonia (yoo-di-MOH-nee-uh), noun; 1. Happiness, well-being. Did they seriously just say that? “Life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid.” –…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: selcouth (SEL-kooth), adjective;1. Strange, uncommon. Did they seriously just say that? “Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: antipode (AN-ti-pohd), noun; 1. A direct or exact opposite. Did they seriously just say that? “It’s not true that I had…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: mammonism (MAM-uh-niz-uhm), noun; 1. The greedy pursuit of riches. Did they seriously just say that? “I don’t know anything about music. …


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: apothegm (AP-uh-them), noun; 1. A short, witty, and instructive saying. Did they seriously just say that? “She can also shoot fireworks…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: idoneous (ahy-DOH-nee-uhs), adjective; 1. Appropriate; fit; suitable; apt. Did they seriously just say that? “I’m not that good-looking.  I think I’m…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: slimsy (SLIM-zee), adjective; 1. Flimsy; frail. Did they seriously just say that? “I don’t understand what I did wrong except live…


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Word of the Week: persnickety (per-SNIK-I-tee), adjective; 1. Over particular; fussy. 2. Snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob. 3. Requiring painstaking care….


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Word of the Week: bobbery (BOB-uh-ree), noun;1. A disturbance or a brawl.   Did they seriously just say that? “I once had a rose named…


Diane’s Distractions

  Word of the Week:   stertor (STUR-ter), noun;1. A heavy snoring sound.     Did they seriously just say that?   “Some people say…


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Word of the Week: bibliophate (BIB-lee-uh-feyj), noun; 1. An ardent reader; a bookworm.   Did they seriously just say that? “He speaks English, Spanish, and…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week:  lucubrate (LOO-kyoo-breyt), verb; 1. To work, write, or study laboriously, especially at night. 2. To write learnedly.   Did they seriously…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: nyctophobia (nik-tuh-FOH-bee-uh), noun; 1. An abnormal fear of night or darkness.   Did they seriously just say that? “Fiction writing is…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: Woolgathering (WOOL-gath-(uh)-ring), adjective; 1. Indulgence in idle daydreaming.     Did they seriously just say that? “What’s Wal-Mart?  Do they sell,…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: lummox(LUHM-uhks), noun; 1. A clumsy, stupid person.   Did they seriously just say that? “Oh, God, I struggle with low self-esteem…


Diane’s Distractions

Word of the Week: cosmogony (koz-MOG-uh-nee) n. 1. A theory or story of the origin and development of the universe. Did they seriously just say…