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TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

Marty Hibbs is in Scared Heart...

Good afternoon, Netizens... I regret to inform everyone that our own Marty Hibbs is in Scared Heart Hospital Room 652 suffering from pneumonia. He is doing better from last night when he was listed as in serious but stable condition. If you have time please…

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MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012

A Word A Day -- envisage

Good morning, Netizens... October 15, 2012 Word of the Day envisage \in-VIZ-ij\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to view or regard in a certain way 2 : to have a mental picture of especially in advance of realization EXAMPLES In planning out their new patio, Betty…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 14, 2012

She's ALIVE! She's ALIVE! 

Good morning, Netizens... I doubt if anyone in the free world, short of Mitt Romney, knows that our own Jeanie of Spokane has been under the weather lately. However, just in the last sixty days or so, Jeanie has had both her kidneys removed by…

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A Word A Day -- garniture

Good morning, Netizens... October 14, 2012 Word of the Day garniture \GAHR-nih-cher\ DEFINITION noun 1 : embellishment, trimming 2 : a set of decorative objects (as vases, urns, or clocks) EXAMPLES The room was authentically furnished right down to the 16th-century garniture decorating the mantel…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2012

A Word A Day -- fecund

Good morning Netizens... October 13, 2012 Word of the Day fecund \FEK-und\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : fruitful in offspring or vegetation : prolific 2 : intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree EXAMPLES As an artist she gets most of her inspiration from nature;…

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A Word A Day -- flotsam

Good evening, Netizens... November 11, 2012 Word of the Day flotsam \FLAHT-sum\ DEFINITION noun 1 : floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo; broadly : floating debris 2 a : miscellaneous or unimportant material b : debris, remains EXAMPLES The young couple's apartment was…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

A Word A Day -- nuncupative 

Good morning, Netizens... October 12, 2012 Word of the Day nuncupative \NUN-kyoo-pay-tiv\ DEFINITION adjective : spoken rather than written : oral EXAMPLES On his deathbed Jacob made a nuncupative will for his son and daughter. "He left me a small Legacy in a nuncupative Will,…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012

A Word A Day -- rectitude

October 11, 2012 Word of the Day rectitude \REK-tuh-tood\ DEFINITION noun 1 : the quality or state of being straight 2 : moral integrity : righteousness 3 : the quality or state of being correct in judgment or procedure EXAMPLES The speaker exhorted audience members…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

A Word A Day -- lenticular 

October 10, 2012 Word of the Day lenticular \len-TIK-yuh-ler\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : having the shape of a double-convex lens 2 : of or relating to a lens 3 : provided with or utilizing lenticules EXAMPLES Amateur astronomers might be interested in what the observatory…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

A Word A Day -- viand

October 09, 2012 Word of the Day viand \VYE-und\ DEFINITION noun 1 : an item of food; especially : a choice or tasty dish 2 : provisions, food EXAMPLES "The family sat down to table, and a frugal meal of cold viands was deposited before…

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MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2012

A Word A Day -- illustrious

October 08, 2012 Word of the Day illustrious \ih-LUSS-tree-us\ DEFINITION adjective : notably or brilliantly outstanding because of dignity or achievements or actions : eminent EXAMPLES During the ceremony, the illustrious star of stage and screen was presented with a lifetime achievement award. "Born in…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2012

Speaking of PBS... 

Good afternoon, Netizens... The thought that Mitt Romney wants to eliminate public television, including Big Bird and the family of Muppets sours my stomach and simply won't go away. Perhaps one of the most-compelling statements I have heard against Romney's ill-advised opinion was done originally…

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A Word A Day - memento

October 07, 2012 Word of the Day memento \muh-MEN-toh\ DEFINITION noun : something that serves to warn or remind; also : souvenir EXAMPLES The attic is filled with mementos of Julie's basketball career—awards, newspaper clippings, team photographs, her old uniform. "All season long Michel Hazanavicius…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2012

A Word A Day -- conjecture 

October 06, 2012 Word of the Day conjecture \kun-JEK-cher\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to arrive at or deduce by surmise or guesswork : guess 2 : to form a supposition or inference EXAMPLES Some scientists have conjectured that the distant planet could sustain life. "[Kim…

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David Horsey, Los Angeles Times

Big Bird for President.. 

Good morning, Netizens... This morning, we have the return of cartoonist David Horsey to Community Comment, which couldn't come at a more fruitful point in historical time. After watching the debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, I have come to the conclusion that…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

A Word A Day -- devoir

October 05, 2012 Word of the Day devoir \duh-VWAHR\ DEFINITION noun 1 : duty, responsibility 2 : a usually formal act of civility or respect EXAMPLES "The Grand Master, having allowed the apology of Albert Malvoisin, commanded the herald to stand forth and do his…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

A Word A Day -- seriocomic

October 04, 2012 Word of the Day seriocomic \seer-ee-oh-KAH-mik\ DEFINITION adjective : having a mixture of the serious and the comic EXAMPLES The intergenerational meal was a seriocomic affair, with the younger generation refereeing the jabs their elders hurled at one another while trying to…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2012

She may have a bona fide offer... 

Good evening, Netizens..., King County's candidate for Sheriff John Urquhart announced Tuesday morning that if he is elected to office, he will appoint former Spokane Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick as his chief deputy. One of my local wags immediately opined that Kirkpatrick's potential job…

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Mother Nature's trail...

Good evening, Netizens... If you haven't already considered the thought, perhaps this morning would be a good time for you to dig out those nefarious red woolen long-handled union suits out of the closet where they have been hidden since last spring. That is because,…

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A Word A Day -- placate

October 03, 2012 Word of the Day placate \PLAY-kayt\ DEFINITION verb : to soothe or mollify especially by concessions : to calm the anger or bitterness of EXAMPLES In an effort to placate the angry customer, the store manager replaced the defective product with a…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012

If you leave a hole open, they will tax it...

Good evening, Netizens... I read Jonathan Brunt's piece this morning titled “City Council raises hotel tax to back PFD” and nearly had a cow. Supporters of the expansion of the Spokane Convention Center and Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena promised the taxpayers there would be no…

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A Word A Day -- fourth estate

October 02, 2012 Word of the Day fourth estate \FORTH-ih-STAYT\ DEFINITION noun : the public press EXAMPLES "We should all be concerned," the senator asserted, "about the plight of newspapers and the consequences of a weakened fourth estate on our democracy." "As someone firmly entrenched…

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MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012


A Word A Day -- excoriate 

October 01, 2012 Word of the Day excoriate \ek-SKOR-ee-ayt\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to wear off the skin of : abrade 2 : to censure scathingly EXAMPLES "Every blow that shakes it will serve to harden it against a future stroke; as constant labour thickens…

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