U is for Upside Down

#IlluminatedAlphabet – Day 21

upside down

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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

couchant

couchant

/ˈkaʊtʃ(ə)nt/
adjective
Heraldry
usually postpositive (of an animal) lying with the body resting on the legs and the head raised.

Origin
Late Middle English: French, ‘lying’, present participle of coucher (see couch).

Calvin, the cat, rested couchant on the back of the couch, relaxed in the afternoon sun from the front window, but attentive to the birds in the shrubs outside, flitting from branch to branch.

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Wall Flower

The season of growth has begun in New England, way behind other areas, for sure.

One feature of weeds is their ability to adapt, perhaps even thrive long enough to reproduce, under conditions lacking “garden” status. These early dandelions are making a mark here in a crack between driveway and a south facing brick wall. I expect to see the white seed head in a week or less.
#weeds #wildflower #plants

dandelion