cropped-fr.title_.sleeping-cat.pngWelcome to my newly renovated and freshly painted blog. This site is dedicated to word aficionados the world over. If you’re always ready to learn a new word and see it used, or delve into the origins and relationships of old familiars, I think you’ll enjoy this site. You might even like to incorporate the day’s word in a writing prompt.
I’m also quite fond of poetry and plan to include a verse now and then. Several years’ worth of old posts are still here as well — poetry, anecdotes and nature notes — so do check out the Archives if you have a moment.

Word for today: Acquire

ACQUIRE a knowledge of words here!

“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”
—L.Frank Baum, from his book The Lost Princess of OZ


According to Merriam-Webster, ACQUIRE comes to us via the French ACQUERRE, derived from the Latin acquīrere, formed from the prefix AD- and the verb QUAERER, which means to seek, gain, obtain, enquire.

Its cousins, REQUIRE, ENQUIRE/INQUIRE, QUEST, and INQUEST are also well known.


Cheerful Songs

For those of you who enjoy poetry, here’s an upbeat verse I came across recently, first published back in 1914 by a poet from Kansas.

Cheerful Songs from Cheerful Hearts
by Ed Blair

Give me the hearts that love to sing,
Proof from envy’s jealous sting.
Give me the hearts like those of youth,
Hearts that speak the words of truth,
Hearts that sing a song each day,
Telling of the better way.

Sweetest hearts that ever sung,
Oft have been with malice stung;
Oft have had some joyous peal,
Quickly chilled by hearts of steel.
But the sunshine stored away,
Burst again to brighter day.

Cheerful songs from cheerful hearts,
Oh! what joy their music starts,
Scattering clouds that oft would stay,
Driving dark despair away.
Sweetest gift that heaven imparts,
Cheerful songs from cheerful hearts.


Friendship’s like a boomerang
when you give a friendly smile
you’ll find it coming back to you
as you trudge some weary mile.

–Author unknown to me
Verse from an old Friendship Book of Francis Gay

The word BOOMERANG comes from an Australian aboriginal language; its appearance in the English language was in the 1820s.

This word is the Ragtag Daily Prompt for today. If you enjoy writing prompts, you might also check out Word of the Day Challenge; this morning they are offering the prompt word YOUNG.


“Yours until Hungary fries Turkey in Greece”

Are you old enough to remember this silly little sign off common in autograph books years ago? Actually, are you old enough to remember autograph books? 😉

But I digress. The main thought here is that, back when Hungary fried Turkey in Greece, they likely served carrots as a vegetable . In fact, back when Greeks fried their own turkey in olive oil, they quite possibly served carrots as a side dish.*


Jill Wellington  —  Pixabay

According to the Oxford dictionary, this ubiquitous vegetable we crunch today has a very long, long root. The word was introduced to English by the French with their carottes. They borrowed the word from the Latin carota, and it came into Latin from the Greek karoton.

* No potatoes, though. Not until after “fourteen hundred and ninety-two, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” In fact, they didn’t catch on in Europe for a good while after that — but that’s another story.

Dwelling in the Secret Place

I lay me down to rest
trust softens my pillow
wrapped in His wings


He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. —
Psalm 91:1-4