V is for Vacuum

#IlluminatedAlphabet – Day 22

V is for Vacuum…with an arrow to help you see where it is…ahem.

vacuum

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prologue

prologue

/ˈprəʊlɒɡ/
noun
1 A separate introductory section of a literary, dramatic, or musical work.
1.1 archaic The actor who delivers the prologue in a play.
2 An event or act that leads to another.
2.1 (in professional cycling) a short preliminary time trial held before a race to establish a leader.

Origin
Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek prologos, from pro- ‘before’ + logos ‘saying’.

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The prologue to installing a fence is digging holes so you can put in the post logs.

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Baseball on Sunday

Watching baseball in the afternoon,
My team cannot win this game too soon.
My daughter’s in the kitchen cooking,
And the dinner’s not built for TV looking.

For the moment my team’s ahead.
I’m sitting, knees shaking, feeling dread.
This year has not begun well for us.
So a grand-slam homer would be a plus.

Brisket’s in the oven heating.
Something else is getting a beating.
Chopping for a fancy potato dish.
This meal will meet our fondest wish.

(Update: My team won! Dinner in 10 min.)

(Second update: I am pleasantly full! Yum.)

funicular

funicular

/fjʊˈnɪkjʊlə//fəˈnɪkjʊlə/
adjective
1 (of a railway, especially one on a mountainside) operating by cable with ascending and descending cars counterbalanced.
2 Relating to a rope or its tension.
noun
A funicular railway.

Origin
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘of or like a cord or thread’): from Latin funiculus (diminutive of funis ‘rope’) + -ar.

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Fran frankly feared heights, but somehow didn’t mind taking the funicular up to the top of the town.

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crackerjack

crackerjack

/ˈkrakədʒak/
adjective
North American
informal
Exceptionally good.

noun
North American
informal
An exceptionally good person or thing.

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Carl was a crackerjack baseball player, one error, on average per season as a shortstop, with a lifetime 355 batting average.

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[ODO offered “frabjous” today. An unused substitute was in order. How about staying in frame? Find a synonym.]

stagnant

stagnant

/ˈstaɡnənt/
adjective
1 (of a body of water or the atmosphere of a confined space) having no current or flow and often having an unpleasant smell as a consequence.
1.1 Showing no activity; dull and sluggish.

Origin
Mid 17th century: from Latin stagnant- ‘forming a pool of standing water’, from the verb stagnare, from stagnum ‘pool’.

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The corporation shows some stagnant financial components.

stagnant