Another Cog in the Noggin

It’s time for a little wordplay. My word for the week is something I like to do a lot of before I sit down to write my journal entries. Can you guess?

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  1. I cogitate best when sitting on my porch stoop in the warm morning sunshine with a nice cuppa tea. When I cogitate elsewhere it manifests itself more like worry and less like pondering.

  2. Elizabeth Colvin says:

    Occasionally, cogitating gets me into trouble 🙂

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Gamboling is approved for all ages. It’s even doctor-recommended for kids from 1 to 92 and it’s a word found in many of the classics.

No, we aren’t talking about Kenny Rogers’ high stakes poker game, nor are we talking about a convenience-store lottery ticket.

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  2. When did I last ‘gamboled’?… why just last week, with my 2 wee grandbabies as we annoyed (in good nature as only a 20month & 23month old can do) the family goats and sheep…..
    Everyday is a great day to ‘gambole’…
    Thanx for the word of the day, you’ve made my day !

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Homing In

Once upon a time, long, long ago…(Fall of 2010)

In a faraway land…(Moscow, Idaho)

a farmgirl princess (MaryJane Butters)

was indulging in one of her favorite, guilty pleasures…

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  1. Eileen Cigala says:

    I think it is confusing! I have always used “home in” when referring to pin point accuracy…and “hone in” or just “hone” when referring to improving skill. I guess if one says she is honing her pronunciation (making it sharper) but she still needs to home in on her congugations…it could seem as though they are interchangeable…probably an evolution of the language that will proceed.

  2. lani kyea says:

    As you pointed out, hone is a fine grit stone to sharpen with and as such can not be used as an alternative for Home so I do not want to see hone misused for home in.

  3. Margaret Wolf says:

    I see “hone in” as sharpening ones focus on something. So yes I can see it used as an alternative.

  4. Gabrielle says:

    I have always used hone… like honing a skill or sanding something really well. Honing is good for the soul too. 🙂

  5. Gwen Dixon says:

    I would love to leave a wonderful reply, but others had honed the idea way better than I ever could. So I will just sit here in my home and hone up on my reading skills.

  6. Jeannie Pierce says:

    I am thinking we should hone our skills with the English language. Although, I have noticed throughout my life how it is a living, evolving thing in and of itself. Here is another phrase I have noticed being misused…..”for all intents and purposes”. I hear folks say “for all intensive purposes.” Hm…….

  7. Lizvc says:

    Slang can change on a daily basis, but I don’t think that misuse of a word should be encouraged. I work around college students and I get quite a few empty looks from the younger ones and dirty looks from the older ones because I can’t stop myself from correcting them when they misuse a word or mangle a cliche phrase.

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I’d be lyin’ if I said I wasn’t familiar with the concept behind this week’s word. It’s “remonstrate.” Say it with me:

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  1. Patricia Highsmith says:

    I am so glad to find another person who thinks “garden hose” is a dirty word. I have purchased innumeral “anti-kink” hoses in green, yellow and flat black only to find they all kink. I had decided it was the way I pull, use, or even touch my hose that causes my problem, but I now know I am not alone. Thanks!

  2. I got the best hose, EVER, at Fred Meyer’s. I’m still using it 6 years later and it is PINK in support of breast cancer!!! Yay.

  3. Marsha says:

    It’s my Windows XP computer that I remonstrate with on almost a daily basis. I restart, defrag, disk clean and it still decides that after being on for 8 hours it has just had enough and won’t move an inch no matter how hard I plead for it to run just a little bit longer!!!!

  4. Jan MacKay says:

    No matter how much I remonstrate with my little 100+lb lap puppy, she still insists on sitting on my lap. heheh
    I love the fact that you have a blog that I can go to. I look forward to reading it daily or at least every other day.
    Hugs and blessings

  5. Jeanette Beard says:

    Oh, the garden hose think is so true. I remonstrate on my hilly yard, on the flat, hooking up to a sprinkler, or soaking hose. Just when I least want a problem, I have one. I have tried to keep myself from getting upset when it happens, and simple unkink the thing. I have at least 4 colors and name brand anti-kink hoses. I think their definition for anti-kink must be different from mine.

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Let’s Get Rowdy

This week’s word gives me church giggles. That’s how good it is.

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