Friday, January 3, 2014

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...propinquity via @DefinitionHouse



Why hello there. Welcome to your daily definition.

Here at Definition House we are all about the words. Want them. Need them. Must have them. And then, when we do, we ravenously search for more. Let’s scour the vastness of unexplored and forgotten dictionary lands, together.

Discovering words…

propinquity

[proh-ping-kwi-tee]

noun
1. nearness in place; proximity.
2. nearness of relation; kinship.
3. affinity of nature; similarity.
4. nearness in time.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English propinquite < Latin propinquitās nearness, equivalent to propinqu ( us ) near ( prop ( e ) near (see pro-1 ) + -inquus adj. suffix) + -itās -ity


The New Year is here! Have you resolved to write all the words? #writemotivation



Wow, it's already a new year...2014 is here! How did that happen? Since it's that time of year, you know what that means... New Year's Resolutions!
5 Writing Resolutions for the Weaver of Words

1. I resolve to…make time for writing.

This sounds like something that shouldn't need to be on this list because writers write, right? Most definitely! But writers are also human, and excuses are always nipping at our heels. Day jobs, kids, sleep, life in general seem to throw roadblocks in our paths, but we must push onward and write those words. Any words count, whether it's for an outline, plot summary, or writing exercises. Getting in the habit of daily writing will work wonders.

2. I resolve to…embrace my personal writing style.

There's no right way to write. If you like to plot, plot, plot then go for it! If you'd rather just fly by the seat of your pants there's no shame in that! Do whatever works best for you.

3. I resolve to…self-edit as I write.

Say what? You'll have to check out the full Writer's Digest post for this one... You may be surprised by what you find!



4. I resolve to…step outside my comfort zone.

This can be a scary thing to do, but it can also be extremely rewarding. Not sure how to switch things up? Try testing the waters by reading a genre that you've never written or read before. A science fiction writer may discover a hidden talent for writing thrillers!

5. I resolve to…call myself a writer.

If you love words and have this burning desire to see them form characters that are so real you want them as best friends and plots full of twisty goodness--or evilness--then you're a writer.
Say it loud. Say it proud!



For more about New Years Resolutions for Writers, check out Writer's Digest.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...ineffable via @DefinitionHouse

 

Why hello there. Welcome to your daily definition.

Here at Definition House we are all about the words. Want them. Need them. Must have them. And then, when we do, we ravenously search for more. Let’s scour the vastness of unexplored and forgotten dictionary lands, together.

Discovering words…

ineffable

[in-ef-uh-buhl]

adjective

1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.
2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ineffābilis. See in-3 , effable
Related forms
in·ef·fa·bil·i·ty, in·ef·fa·ble·ness, noun
in·ef·fa·bly, adverb

Synonyms
2. unspeakable. 


Ineffable by vtas

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Today's #DailyDefinition brought to you by the word...epiphany via @DefinitionHouse



Why hello there. Welcome to your daily definition.

Here at Definition House we are all about the words. Want them. Need them. Must have them. And then, when we do, we ravenously search for more. Let’s scour the vastness of unexplored and forgotten dictionary lands, together.

Discovering words…

epiphany

[ih-pif-uh-nee]

noun, plural e·piph·a·nies.
1. ( initial capital letter ) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.
2. an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity.
3. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
4. a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English epiphanie < Late Latin epiphanīa < Late Greek epipháneia, Greek: apparition, equivalent to epi- epi- + phan- (stem of phaínein to appear) + -eia -y



Happy New Year from Definition House!! Let 2014 be filled with all the books! *confetti*


Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintances be forgotten,
And days of long ago!

Chorus:
For times gone by, my dear
For times gone by,
We will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by.

We two have run about the hillsides
And pulled the daisies fine,
But we have wandered many a weary foot
For times gone by.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream
From noon until dinner time,
But seas between us broad have roared
Since times gone by.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend,
And give us a hand of yours,
And we will take a goodwill drink (of ale)
For times gone by!

And surely you will pay for your pint,
And surely I will pay for mine!
And we will take a cup of kindness yet
For times gone by!