#atozchallenge – Z for Zymurgy

#atozchallenge – Z for Zymurgy

Hooray!  I made it!  Thank you for sticking with me on my A-to-Z Challenge adventure this month.  What fun it is to blog daily about strange and wonderful words! I have enjoyed meeting so many new blog friends, and still have so many blogs to visit on the list of over 1800 participants! 

What’s next… I need something to happen for May and beyond!  I heard rumblings of a mother’s day hop.  Stay tuned…

For now, I leave you with:

Zymurgy
/ˈzīˌmərjē/
Noun: The art and practice of fermentation in brewing, wine making, or distilling.

I have a list of things I want to learn in my life, and this is on it. I would like to thank the zymurgysts of the world, and especially our friends in Dublin, for all their hard work. And now that we’re here, at the end…. what better way to close and celebrate this month’s blogging achievement than with the pinnacle of beer greatness.

My 2011 post: Z for Zeugma

Today’s #photoadayapril prompt: Something that makes you sad.  

A video response:

The A-to-Z brings so much activity that it is hard to keep up the daily blog once it’s done and the Z post is published.  But regularly blogging will ensue for sure.  So, like the mouse in the video below, this is the end… but not really:

Hope you’ll keep coming back!
Peace.

#atozchallenge – Y for Yankees

#atozchallenge – Y for Yankees

*yawn* Holy cow the A-to-Z challenge is exhausting!  I know several bloggers who manage more than one blog and are doing the a-to-z on all of them… yoiks! 

As a Bronx kid, it must come as no surprise that today’s Y word is:

Yankees
Noun – fabulousness.

Did you know they started in Baltimore?  It’s true.  See all the details here.

I could go on about the Yankees… but… it’s Saturday and there is a party going on in these parts.  I am actually on my way to a fundraiser where we will be bidding on CAKES!  Hold me back!

My 2011 Post: Y for Yclept

What’s cool about posting last yaer’s words is that I remember almost all of their definitions! Never stop learning people!

Today’s #photoadayapril prompt: 1PM
So, my world at 1pm was surrounded by people in uniform:

#atozchallenge – X for Xenium

TGIF!!  X is such a strange letter, and all the words that begin with x are sadly relegated to such specific places in discussion. While researching X words for you today, I discovered that most of the words that begin with xyl have something to do with wood.  Like, xylan which is a gelatinous compound found in wood. Or xylem, the woody portion of a plant, and of course xylocarp which could only be hard and woody fruit.  Who knew?  Not I.

And so it is with pleasure that I give you a non-woody word for X today, consider it my gift to you:

Xenium
zee’ni-um
noun: A compulsory gift. Also a present given to a guest.

Growing up, whenever we would go to a party or any gathering of family or friends, my mother would insist that we never arrive empty-handed. We would stop at a bakery for a box of assorted cookies or the liquor store for a bottle of wine.  As an adult today, I find myself doing the same thing. Rare is the occasion that I would go somewhere and not bring something. Who knew there was a word for this?  From now on I will make a point of stating that I am leaving a few minutes early in order to pick up my xenium.

My 2011 Post: X for Xesturgy

Today’s #photoadayapril prompt: Somewhere you’ve been
We took an RV trip to CA and read all about the Donner party as we came through this part.  *shivers from the cold (and the story)*

#atozchallenge – W for Wordicuffs

#atozchallenge – W for Wordicuffs
Welcome to W day! It is also Thursday and you know what that means… HAIKU!

There is a serious lack of fun and wacky words that start with W. And so, I was quite pleased when I discovered the one below. I have no idea if this is even a real word, but knew when I heard it that a) it should be and b) I had to share it on W day! 

Wordicuffs
noun: fighting with words

some of the best scenes
are when movie things go there:
molten wordicuffs

So, while searching for an insulting movie clip, I found one that is incredibly NSFW. Go to YouTube at your own risk: The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All time. 
My 2011 post: W for Widdershins
Today’s #photoadayapril prompt: Black and White

#atozchallenge – V for Velleity

#atozchallenge – V for Velleity

Did anyone out there see the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper? I think often about that scene where he partakes of the miracle pill and sits down that night and finds the inspiration he’s been seeking and writes an incredible book in one sitting. Yeah… I think about that a lot. ;)  

Who knew there was a word to describe all the other days, though… you know the ones, when the ideas don’t come easy and everything feels impossible?

For today’s V post, I give you:

Velleity
/vəˈlēətē/
Noun: A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action.

Sometimes all you can do is hope the sun rises tomorrow on a day full of oomph. And when that doesn’t happen, well, that’s why God invented naps.

My 2011 post: V for Veritable Blog Awards

Today’s #photoadayapril prompt: Looking Down