All that I am, all that I ever was…

I am more than my mental health. I am more than my homelessness. I am more than any one aspect of me. I am Addy. And this is…


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Thirteen of my favourite unusual words…

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Last night, Audrey and I had a long conversation about language.

She has long been a lover of words, especially words that are rare, unusual or downright weird and takes great pleasure in explaining to me the meaning of the ones I’ve never heard before. After suggesting we create a short Thursday Thirteen around some of her favourite words, she agreed only if I posted thirteen of my own.

So below, are thirteen of my favourite ‘unusual’ words…

Brontide; the low rumbling of distant thunder

Callipygean; having well shaped buttocks

Colposinquanonia; estimating a woman’s beauty based on her chest

Dippoldism; the act of beating or whipping school children

Gargalesthesia; the sensation caused by tickling

Gongoozler; an idle spectator

Knicker-bockers; loose breeches gathered in at the knee

Pabouche; a slipper

Pseudochromaesthesia; mental association of sounds with colours

Qualtagh; the first person you see after leaving the house

Scribbleomania; obsession with scribbling

Spheropygian; having full and rounded buttocks

Strikhedonia; the pleasure of being able to say to hell with it!

…whilst over on Imaginary Menagerie, Audrey’s choices include: Scolecophagous and Vesthibitionism.


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Fun and Games: How many words can you find?

One of the primary methods of coping with mental health and/or emotional distress is to distract your mind from the problem(s) at hand. Although we all have unique ways to distract ourselves (some people venture into the garden, others spend time with a certain 900 year old Time Lord) some methods of distraction are universal.

One of the most common distraction techniques are puzzles and quizzes. Whether it’s sitting down with a tough Sudoku or wiling away the hours with a jigsaw puzzle, spending time enjoying these activities is not only emotionally productive but can prove beneficial to both mood and memory.

This week, we’re going to have a little bit of fun (whilst honing this particular coping skill) with a variety of puzzles, quizzes and games.

Enjoy! :)

~~♥~~

#4: The ‘How many words can you find?’ Challenge

The three games we’ve played so far this week have been competition free…but not today!

Your challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to make as many words as you can from the nine letters below within a five minute time limit. The only rules are:

a) The words must be legal Scrabble words (i.e. no names, abbreviations, made up words etc.)
b) You can use each letter only once in each word.

The person who finds the highest number of words in the time limit will be declared the winner, so remember to brag about your result in the comments field below!

Now, given I’m not perched on your shoulder, we’ll implement the ‘honor system’ in regards to the time limit, okay?

Good.

Pens at the ready……set……go!

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17 Words I love…

~ 1 ~

A WIDE-RANGING AND IMPRESSIVE ARRAY OR DISPLAY

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A CLEVER, UNSCRUPULOUS PERSON

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A LAKE

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A HEAVILY BUILT OMNIVOROUS NOCTURNAL MAMMAL OF THE WEASEL FAMILY

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INEFFECTIVE OR BUNGLING; CLUMSY

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THIN, SUPPLE OR GRACEFUL

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THE INESCAPABLE OR IMPLACABLE AGENT OF SOMEONE’S DOWNFALL

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A PLEASED, HAPPY, OR AMUSED FACIAL EXPRESSION

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COMPLETELY SATISFACTORY

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IN A STATE OF DORMANCY OR INACTIVITY

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STRONG AND BARELY CONTROLLABLE EMOTION

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A PESTERING, NAGGING OR IRRITATING PERSON

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SLEEPY; DROWSY

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EACH OF TWO PARTS INTO WHICH A THING IS OR CAN BE DIVIDED

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A DEEP, PENSIVE AND LONG-LASTING SADNESS

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SOFT AND SPONGE LIKE; EASILY SQUISHED

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NAIVE, SIMPLISTIC AND SUPERFICIAL

Now that I’ve shown you seventeen of mine, what words have you fallen in love with?

Tomorrow: 16 Things I do when I’m alone…