1 archaic A maker or builder.
1.1 Scottish, Northern English A carpenter or joiner.

Old English wryhta, wyrhta, of West Germanic origin; related to work.


“All right,” said Tom, “I’ll build you a shed, I am a wright after all. I’ll employ all the appropriate rites. It will last you for years.”



1 A swollen edible bulb used as a vegetable, having a pungent taste and smell and composed of several concentric layers.
2 The plant that produces the onion, with long rolled or straplike leaves and spherical heads of greenish-white flowers.

Middle English from Old French oignon, based on Latin unio(n-), denoting a kind of onion.


We must often peel back the layers of a word as we would an onion in order to reveal the inner value.


So, here, friends, is the deal:
I tell you this is real;
An onion has appeal
As part of any meal.


[no object]
1 literary Die, especially in a violent or sudden way.
1.1 Suffer complete ruin or destruction.
2 (of rubber, food, etc.) lose its normal qualities; rot or decay.
3 be perished British informal Be suffering from extreme cold.

Middle English from Old French periss-, lengthened stem of perir, from Latin perire ‘pass away’, from per- ‘through, completely’ + ire ‘go’.


At first he thought he just might perish.
Then he progressed to feeling somewhat fairish.
And eventually came to be quite bearish
Thanks to the one he chose to cherish.



verb reft
[no object]
1 archaic Carry out raids in order to plunder.
1.1 with object Rob (a person or place) of something by force.
1.2 with object Steal (something).

Old English rēafian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch roven, German rauben, also to rob. See also reive.


Corporate raiders “pay” shareholders, but reave the purchased company before pushing it to bankruptcy.



[no object]
1 Argue about petty and trivial matters.
2 literary (of water) flow or fall with a gentle repetitive noise; patter.
2.1 (of a flame or light) flash, gleam, or flicker.

Middle English of unknown origin.


Bob and Betty bickered about whether the sound of rain on the porch roof was more a pitter or a patter.


Social Media

Are we only engaged
If we are enraged?

Do we become less connected
If we do not feel rejected?

Do we just dislike as sappy
Those who just seem happy?

Must the social medium
Be full of angry tedium?

I vote to be convivial,
And offer something trivial.


noun manifestos
A public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate.

Mid 17th century from Italian, from manifestare, from Latin, ‘make public’, from manifestus ‘obvious’ (see manifest).


Mark manufactured marvelous moments of mediocrity in his monumental manifesto.
–from the unpublished works of Sentensius Scribbilus



/ˈvəːtʃʊ(ə)l/ /ˈvəːtjʊəl/
1 Almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition.
2 Computing
Not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so.


These definitions are actual, though the words themselves are merely virtual representations of the objects they represent.
Naturally, you will also recognize that these images are substitutes for the real thing.