I Reward Good Vocabulary

What are words for
When no one listens anymore

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Ahoy, mon! I’m lolling on a beach in Jamaica so you don’t have to. While I’m selflessly and not at all begrudgingly performing this service for you, why not take this opportunity to brush up on your vocab skillz?

And because I believe that learning should be fun, prizes will be awarded to three lucky participants.

The rules are simple:

  1. Look up the meanings of the 3 words below.
  2. Write a sentence using each word correctly (that’s 3 sentences with one vocab word each).
  3. Each sentence must relate to a topic I’ve blogged about.
  4. Write your 3 sentences in a comment on this post.

I will then publish all the sentences in a subsequent post. The three most creative entries (limit one prize per commenter) will win a fabulous prize! From Jamaica!

And who decides on the winners? Why, you, the readers, get to choose the 3 best sentences. Once all the entries are published, readers will vote on their favorites.

The prizes will be:

  • fabulous
  • awesome
  • pretty damn cheap

The prizes will not be:

  • edible
  • breakable
  • ganja

So get working. I expect to find at least 20 zillion comments when I get back, all demonstrating proper vocabulary usage, fierce creative powers, and an inspiring knowledge of this blog.

The Words

invidious

punctilio

sitzmark

Much thanks to Kathy for this idea!

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18 Responses to “I Reward Good Vocabulary”

  1. 1 cardiogirl

    I hope you know I am in a tizzy right now looking up words, research your blog attempting to win this mofo.

    You have jammed your hand into the cavity of my beating heart — where the competitive juices flow — and have thrown down a challenge I cannot resist.

    In fact, I had to be first, to leave a comment. Even though I haven’t done the challenge yet. Just because I. Have. To. Be. First!

    YES! I left the first comment and my entry will be spectacular!

    cardiogirl’s last blog post..Sometimes karma will getcha, sometimes not. I wish karma was more reliable

  2. 2 cardiogirl

    I’m not a complete psycho, but I didn’t finish that last comment because I felt the anxiety gripping my throat. What if someone else is writing a comment RIGHT NOW as I am? If I linger, they will be first. So I finished that comment before I was finished, you know?

    Because I really am a competitive psycho and you have pushed a button with me JD. I will not rest until I have my fabulous entry in. I promise you won’t hear from me again until I have my entry. But I wanted you to know, as soon as I submitted that first comment, my anxiety level decreased considerably, because I knew I was first.

    Yes, I’ve been working with my therapist on this issue and I do indeed have medication for this exact problem. Just thought you’d like to know about that. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

    cardiogirl’s last blog post..Sometimes karma will getcha, sometimes not. I wish karma was more reliable

  3. 3 Natural Woman

    Sounds like fun, I wish I were smart enough to participate. I can’t even pronounce them, way out of my league. Enjoy the sun.

    Natural Woman’s last blog post..Five Little Bits Meme

  4. 4 Kathy

    Cardiogirl — Oh, it’s ON! I loves me a good competition, too. Do you think we’ll tie for first place and then JD will have to give out TWO first prizes?!?!?!

    Kathy’s last blog post..If You Missed the Last Meeting…

  5. 5 Jeff

    First of all, taking ganja off the plate nixed it for me.

    Second of all, this it too hard for me – much the way my Lit classes were in high school.

    Third of all, if I DID choose to play, I would have kicked Cardio and Kathy’s butts. Just saying…

    Jeff’s last blog post..Annoyances Anonymous Meeting Transcripts

  6. 6 BrentD

    Those first two look scary, but I know sitzmark, and know it well.

    I used to have that problem all the time until I stopped going commando.

    BrentD’s last blog post..Putting The Economy In Motion – Buck-O-Quest: Part 2

  7. 7 Canucklehead

    Canucklehead hath started leaving comments in the puzzling vocabulary of a certain blogging Lord, a habit he knew would be considered invidious to this noble gentleman. In fact, he had previously stood gape-jawed in horror as the aforementioned Sir Likely beat a street urchin within an inch of her young life for a lesser infraction of such a punctilio. It is for this reason that I am hopeful that he learns not of my transgressions prior to our upcomg trip to Aspen or he shall certainly pummel me into the slope and turn the resulting sitzmark into a literal bloodbath.

  8. 8 Regan

    Hmmm, I have no idea what any of them mean at all, and I think I would be cheating if I looked the words up on dictionary.com.

    But I can tell you what I think they sound like!

    invidious – individual

    punctilio – puncuation

    sitzmark – sitcom

  9. 9 Kathy

    Never do this again. It took me an average of one day per sentence to complete the task. I took off from work, I haven’t eaten since Thursday and I’m hoping you see fit to reward me with not just a prize from Jamaica, but a plane ticket to join you the next time you go.

    Here goes nothin’:

    The people who can’t understand JD’s invidious tendencies toward bananas and pickles are the same ones who are puzzled why similarly-shapen hot dogs make the grade.

    JD would have been justified in shoving the ponytail-wearing interloper out of her personal space because violating that kind of gym punctilio warrants much more than just staring a hole through the back of her head.

    If you’re going to show what a sitzmark looks like by falling out of a chair, you should at least make sure there’s snow on the ground, because I’m pretty sure it would hurt a lot less.

    Kathy’s last blog post..Next Step, Restraining Order

  10. 10 Kathy

    So that’s what I get for being all fancy-like in my comment. I linked to all the stories I connected the words with, and I’m sure I’m sitting in JD’s comment moderation tank. Drats!

    JD — are you getting home from Jamaica soon? Cuz you have more important things to do than vacation while my comment’s held in moderation, don’t you think?

    Kathy’s last blog post..Next Step, Restraining Order

  11. 11 JD

    Cardiogirl: HA! You crack me up, with your competitive paranoia! You are number one with me.

    Natural Woman: I did indeed enjoy the sun. But! You’re smarter than you think (I know this for a fact).

    Kathy: Oooh (rubs hands in glee), a real competition. Bring it on, ladies. A tie is not out of the question.

    Jeff: I’m sorry about the ganja. I certainly did get plenty of offers, so maybe next time, I’ll offer it as a prize. Ahhh. You may have kicked Cardiogirl’s and Kathy’s butts, but we’ll never know, will we?

    BrentD: Woo! I’m imagining a pants-less sitzmark, and I’m not too happy with the mental image. I’m glad your commando days are over.

    Canucklehead: YOU ARE A WINNER!!! I’ll overlook the fact that number 3 of the rules was ignored since you wrote your entry in Shakespearean prose. Well done, my good man!

    Regan: So nice of you to visit! I’m a great admirer of yours. You definitely would not be cheating if you look up the words–that’s all part of the contest. I will award you points for your imaginative “sounds like” entries.

    Kathy: YOU ARE A WINNER!!! At least, once I rescued you from Akismet’s well-meaning but overly watchful clutches. EXCELLENT job, but of course I expected no less. Wait until you see your fabulous prize. You will no doubt agree it was worth all the time and trouble (or not).

    JD’s last blog post..I Reward Good Vocabulary so you don’t have to

  12. 12 Canucklehead

    Sorry JD – I realized my error after I had submitted. I was too excited about the contest to properly read the rules. Heym no one ever said I did not come by the moniker Canucklehead by accident. hope you had a great trip!

  13. 13 JD

    Canucklehead: What good are rules if you can’t break them? And you did the breaking soooo creatively. Your excitement is certainly understandable. It is indeed a fabulous contest. And…YOU ARE STILL A WINNER!

    JD’s last blog post..I Reward Good Vocabulary so you don’t have to

  14. 14 RT Cunningham

    I choose not to participate in any contest that’s above *my* reading level. If I’ve never seen the words before, it’s WAY OVER my reading level. :-P

    RT Cunningham’s last blog post..Thoughts on Themes, RSS and Splogs

  15. 15 JD

    RT: HA! Well, I’d never heard of any of those words, either; I had to look ‘em up.

    You do know “nude” and “underpants,” tho, right? And possibly “vicodin”?

    JD’s last blog post..I Take Pix so you don’t have to

  16. 16 wesley

    Look like fun but i am not good at spelling

  17. 17 JD

    wesley: As long as you can smell underpants, Vicodin, and nude, you’ll fit in here.

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