valid

Word of the Day

valid

adjective
val·​id ˈva-ləd 
1 having legal efficacy or force
especially : executed with the proper legal authority and formalities
2a well-grounded or justifiable : being at once relevant and meaningful
2b logically correct
3 appropriate to the end in view : effective
4 of a taxon : conforming to accepted principles of sound biological classification

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Seeking a valid rhyme
Often takes some time
And it can make an author tense
Working also to make some sense.

(This rhyme has been self-approved by its own author, and may not be valid for you.

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beckon

Word of the Day

beckon

verb
beck·​on ˈbe-kᵊn 
beckoned; beckoning
intransitive verb
1 to summon or signal typically with a wave or nod
2 to appear inviting : attract
transitive verb
to beckon to

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The king’s wish or whim
Draws his henchmen to him,
But if the task is too grim
Happy volunteers are slim.

With a whistle or wave
He might summon the brave,
But beckoning‘s not enough
For those not so tough.

perceive

Word of the Day

perceive

verb
per·​ceive pər-ˈsēv 
perceived; perceiving; perceives
transitive verb
1a to attain awareness or understanding of
b to regard as being such
2 to become aware of through the senses

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Things beyond what we can perceive
Are things requiring that we retrieve
The evidence from instrumentation,
Not believing mere fervent protestation.

Science extends our physical senses
Seeking to grasp what merely presents as
Seemingly magical actions,
Though not ones described by dogmatic factions.

Our thanks go to Röntgen
And his time spent way back then
‘Cause, today, most people praise
What can be “seen” using X-rays

Today we may search for quarks
As we once deeply studied sparks.
Neither of them is easily explained
Though our sparked fingers may have been pained.

While science discussions are often quite muddy
It is thankfully rare that they become bloody.
While it’s often too easy to come to lethal grief
By rabidly following simple, unexamined belief.

roam

Word of the Day

roam

verb
ˈrōm 
roamed; roaming; roams
intransitive verb
1 to go from place to place without purpose or direction : wander
2 to travel purposefully unhindered through a wide area
3 to use a cellular phone outside one’s local calling area
transitive verb
to range or wander over

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If you seek a longer gloaming,
You cannot just go roaming.
Such a goal requires speed,
Really, really fast, indeed.
And if you know what’s best
Head straight, and always toward the west.

Today’s word from Merriam-Webster was “gloaming”, but it is a rule, no words previously used as WotD may be used as WotD again. The background image here was used when gloaming was the WotD. Adding the silhouettes was today’s image modification. The airplane is the hint that running isn’t enough. You need to travel as fast as the Earth spins to keep dusk in sight.​

migrate

Word of the Day

migrate

verb
mi·​grate ˈmī-ˌgrāt 
mī-ˈgrāt 
migrated; migrating; migrates
1 intransitive : to move from one country, place, or locality to another
2 intransitive : to pass usually periodically from one region or climate to another for feeding or breeding
3 transitive : to relocate (information) from storage or operation on one computer or computer system to another
4 intransitive : to change position or location in an organism or substance

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Some migrations are planned, others just happen.

quiddity

Word of the Day

quiddity

noun
quid·​di·​ty ˈkwi-də-tē 
plural quiddities
1 whatever makes something the type that it is : essence
2a a trifling point : quibble
2b crotchet, eccentricity

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Mona Lisa’s smile is the quiddity about which most viewers remark when seeing the portrait.

[“Irreverent” has been a tag word associated with WotD more than once. Today’s image strengthens the connection.]

Today’s Schedule

Awake in the morning
And shower

Write after breakfast.
For an hour.

Work through errands
*Buy some flour.

Bake a cake
Three-tier tower.

Get a nap
Of type: power.

Sit down for dinner
Fish with cauliflower

Watch some television
At the ads, glower

Off to bed for deep sleep,
Empower tomorrow.

motley

Word of the Day

motley

adjective
mot·​ley ˈmät-lē 
1 variegated in color
2 made up of many different people or things
noun
1 a woolen fabric of mixed colors made in England between the 14th and 17th centuries
2 a garment made of motley
especially : the characteristic dress of the professional fool
3 jester, fool
4 a mixture especially of incongruous elements

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Bob bought a new label maker. He’s marked each of his tool cabinet drawers with its contents: sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc. And, because he loves weird words, that messy junk drawer is labeled “motley“.

comfort

Word of the Day

comfort

noun
1 strengthening aid:
a assistance, support
b consolation in time of trouble or worry : solace
2a a feeling of relief or encouragement
2b contented well-being
3 a satisfying or enjoyable experience
4 one that gives or brings comfort

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Most of us spend each day within our comfort zones.