Tuesday, December 28, 2010

10 Words

  1. frieze- the part of a Greco-Roman structure as labeled in this image:
  2. Image courtesy of www.historyforkids.org
  3. sapient- acutely insightful and wise.
  4. charnel- a tomb, a depository of dead bodies; (adj.) indicative of death. 
  5. apotheosis- (verb) to deify; (noun) the ideal.
  6. recalcitrant- stubbornly resistant to authority; hard to cooperate with.
  7. cuckold- an unfaithful husband; the scum of the Earth.
  8. dais- a raised platform, to give prominence to whoever occupies it.
  9. coffer- an ornamental trunk; an ornamental, sunken panel in a ceiling or dome like this:
  10. Image courtesy of www.imperialdesign.on.ca
  11. filigree- delicate and intricate ornamentation, often made from wire of precious metals.  What's that? You want an example?  Okay, it's this stuff:
  12. maw- informal term for mouth; where food enters the body; the jaws of a ravenous creature.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Fun times, eh?  Winter has finally arrived here in Utah (several days after the Blizzard).  Kira and I celebrated by attending the Christmas light ceremony at the Riverwoods in Provo.  It was mostly a shameless promotion for the new stores in the outdoor shopping center, but they also turned on some pretty cool Christmas lights.
This is a blue tree with icicle lights, and another big tree made of glowing orbs.
They had a man making an ice sculpture.  I'm always impressed that they do this with a chainsaw.  The detail is spectacular.

And it finally snowed at home.  The dog enjoyed playing in (and eating, and peeing on) the snow.  We enjoyed throwing snowballs at him... teehee.

We then made a snow sculpture of ourselves (including future Baby Miller).  My eyes are made of grapes.  Kira's and the child's are almonds... get it?  It looks kind of like a weird little nativity, but it really isn't.  It's us.

10 words of December

With no relation to December... (10 points to anyone who can use any of these words in a sentence about December)
  1. fiduciary- a person who holds assets for a beneficiary; (also used more generally; e.g., a trustee).
  2. minutiae- minor, often negligible details.
  3. auspicious- of good omen; boding well.
  4. crone- a woman who has passed the stage of menopause; (also used derogatorily).
  5. redolent- fragrant; (used with 'with' or 'of').
  6. fusillade- rapid, simultaneous discharge of firearms.
  7. skirl- the playing of bagpipes; the sound of bagpipes; a high-pitched, wailing sound.
  8. keening- mournful, vocal lamenting (as at a wake).
  9. serried- crowded, shoulder-to-shoulder (often as in army ranks).
  10. abattoir- slaughterhouse, where animals are butchered.