Category Archives: Word

Word of the Week: Out at Heels or Out at Elbows

Out at Heels or Out at Elbows is defined as:

In declining circumstances.
1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose

Human, what part of word confuses you that three words squared.

“Clearly we need to brush on your arithmetic.  It is three times two and technically it is a phrase so we’re going with it.”

Why?  Out at heels are we?

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10 lines: eL’s early years

It is from a great word prompt.  10 sentences each sentence one word less than the last starting with 10 and ending with just one.

She was an unusual ant, truly one of a kind.  Born in a dump toxic waste eventually mutated her.  Learning English from coarse trashmen varied her vocabulary.  They weren’t all bad and rather amusing.  But compound life grew strained.  She became a disconnected colonist.  Like Star Trek’s Seven.  Finally she left.  Eyes forward.  Exploring.

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Word of the Week: Oils of Gladness

Oils of Gladness is defined as:

I will anoint you with the oil of gladness; ironically spoken for, I will beat you.
1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose

Human, due to your time spent writing novels that are not about me I will anoint thee with my powerful, awe-inspiring oil of gladness.

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55 word story from Eliza Leigh

Before you are wowed by my amazing intellect let me warn you that two weekends ago HT went to a short writing workshop.  Short because it was only three hours and because it was all about short fiction.  HT is also short perhaps this is why short-shorts, flash, or quick fiction intrigues her so much.  She has many other short features, personality speaking; short fuse, short attention, short memory, but enough about her instead prepare for my short story.

It is from a great word prompt.  10 sentences each sentence one word less than the last starting with 10 and ending with just one. I’m pretty proud of myself considering I made HT write it down while she was driving.  That is until I realized her short fingers couldn’t handle a pen, paper and steering wheel at once.

This bitter earth is full of dirty and apathetic people.  They walk around with their hands to their ears.  Talking on the phone oblivious to what’s near.  Watch your step you clodding, graceless fools.  Don’t you see ants beneath you?  Treat us with some respect.  Otherwise you may regret.  When uprisings ensue.  Death. (to you- okay that is cheating :)

“Eliza, how can you put a happy face at the end of your little story that sounds like a bit from an old B horror movie!”

Who said anything about bees?

Word of the Week: Siblicide

Defined as:
Killing or killer of sibling

You should read this excerpt from my memoirs if you want to hear about siblicide.

“But how can you call it siblicide if you’re still alive?”

Fine. Attempted siblicide.

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Word of the Week: Septimanal

Defined as:
Weekly

This word segment is supposed to be septimanal.

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Word of the Week: Alterity

Defined as:

State of being different

It would take an eternity to qualify just what alterity truly is.

“Not really.”

Don’t be contrary.

“My opinion just differs from yours. Alterity.”

Hmm, as the Great Dread Pirate Roberto once said, You keep using that word. I do not think it means, what you think it means.


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Word of the Week: Amanuensis

Defined as:

One employed to write from dictation

Human Translator is my amanuensis.  Unfortunately, she is pathetically incompetent at her job continually interfering with her own sad commentary.

“I’m employed!?  Where’s my money?”

Spreading my knowledge to the masses should be payment enough.

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Spiders Chasing Me

Spider Night Bokeh 3

Photo credit: Tonerbaloner on Flickr

Was that a spider? Could you see? They always come after me.

When I was a child and going to sleep spiders would cover me head to feet.

Scared and frozen I’d close my eyes but could still see them falling from the sky.

Tap, tap, tap what was that sound beating unceasingly?

Not my heart and not my feet but the spiders as they wrapped their web about me.

Tighter, tighter it swirled around until I was a mummy they captured me.

Frozen no longer I’d scream and shout but nary a peep could be heard without.

Kicking and scratching I’d rip through the web only to see it grow back again.

Finally, wet eyes closed; defeated and forlorn I’d fall asleep until the morn.

Word of the Week: Algophobia

Defined as:

Fear of pain.

Last Tuesday, HT who boasts she doesn’t suffer from algophobia had to be sedated to get one measly tooth out.

“Eliza Leigh, it was an impacted wisdom tooth that had to be surgically removed.  Besides I asked if I could stay awake but they said no.  I’d rather be in pain than not know what is going on.”

That’s got to be a phobia.


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