Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I like words. Throughout the day, as I am working and listening, I often hear words used and think, "Was that correctly used?" Or sometimes, I'll make a comment and then wonder if I used the right word to convey what I wanted.

Thank goodness for the Dictionary application (Mac platform). I love it. I keep that puppy down on my dock and click on it anytime I'm in question. All I have to do is type in the letters and an instant definition and thesaurus function pops up.

I know, I know... that's usually the way dictionaries work. Little things fascinate me. :-) I just like to continue to learn and be accurate in what I think I know.

Another interesting feature that I have in my widgets is the 'Word of the Day' deal.

Today's top ten will list 10 very interesting words that I have discovered throughout this process. I know the definitions, and some of you may, too. However, your job is to pick a word you don't know and give me a definition. NO cheating! It's similar to Balderdash... giving a creative description may just make you the winner. ;-)

1. Guttersnipe
2. Alfresco
3. Labradoodle
4. Subfusc
5. Maelstrom
6. Gimcrack
7. Amalgam
8. Chortle
9. Mizzle
10. Hullabaloo

Good luck! Love you all! T


Kel said...

interesting words! i really like guttersnipe, i'm just imagining a sniper searching for things to pick off on top of a roof in people's gutters, like snakes or lizards. and gimcrack sounds like it's short for a crackhead that consistantly asks for much drugs. like, gimme' crack...so those are my definitions! ~Kel

taryn said...

Ha ha, Kelly. I love your definitions. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

-Drum lover

sarah said...

Hullabaloo- sounds like a Dr. Suess term. I think it means confusion or a mess. Some chaos.

kristi s. said...

I'm not sure on all of the definitions, but you already enlightened us that a guttersnipe is like a street urchin or a child of lower class. I'm pretty sure alfresco means outside. A labradoodle is a cross between a lab and a poodle. No idea what subfasc, maelstrom, or gimcrack mean. An amalgam is a combination. To chortle is to giggle. Clueless regarding the definition of mizzle. And I'm pretty sure hullabaloo means commotion (I think the word is best spoken in an English accent).

Now I'm going to have to go get a dictionary for the others : )

Vanessa said...

I think I'm going to officially use the word "gimcrack" to insult someone. I can hear it now... "aww, com'on you gimcrack! get in the right lane!" (Sorry, I just exposed my pent-up road rage.) Anyway, thanks for letting me snoop on your blog! :)

taryn said...

Good job, guys. Sorry I've been out for awhile... it's been busy! Thanks for all your comments, though, I love them.