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Word for the Day, Tuesday July 16, 2013

Posted on 07/16/2013 5:08:27 AM PDT by SoothingDave

Word For The Day, July 16, 2013



In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".

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-adj
1. causing gloom or dejection; gloomy; dreary; cheerless; melancholy: dismal weather.
2. characterized by ineptness or lack of skill, competence, effectiveness, imagination, or interest; pitiful: Our team played a dismal game.
3. Obsolete
a.disastrous; calamitous.
b.unlucky; sinister.

-n
4. Southern US a tract of swampy land, usually along the coast.

[ 1275–1325; Middle English dismale unlucky time, dismol day one of two days in each month considered unlucky (hence later taken as adj.) < Anglo-French dis mal < Medieval Latin diēs malī literally, evil days ]


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1 posted on 07/16/2013 5:08:27 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; ...

Passed a road in the hills of Virginia called “Dismal Hollow Road.”

I can just imagine the fun realtors have trying to sell houses there.

“There’s this great little place I’ve found for you”

“Oh really, where is it?”

“Dismal Hollow”

“It sounds lovely”


2 posted on 07/16/2013 5:10:17 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

My mood is dismal this morning because I’ve just learned that the FBI lies to us. I’m shocked, I tell you. Just shocked. s/off

In before the ping.


3 posted on 07/16/2013 5:11:51 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SoothingDave

My daughter lives on Windy Hollow Way and my son lives on Wise Hollow Road.


4 posted on 07/16/2013 5:14:10 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We have a Possum Hollow Road near me.


5 posted on 07/16/2013 5:23:33 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Obama’s regime has been dismal
Corrupt, socialistic, abysmal
When he speaks, I rebuke
As I cough, choke or puke
If the latter, I chug Pepto-Bismol


6 posted on 07/16/2013 5:30:43 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3043568/posts

Prager speaks a lot of truth here.


7 posted on 07/16/2013 6:00:58 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave
I saw the post, and commented here.
8 posted on 07/16/2013 6:13:42 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Back when Rev Wright was in the news, I learned that the black churches are not part of the solution. Their behavior now with canonizing Trayvon is doing nothing to change my opinion of them.


9 posted on 07/16/2013 6:19:15 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Y’all are mispronouncing them. They’re hollers.


10 posted on 07/16/2013 7:20:33 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

Isn’t that the Pens’ coach - Ben Dismal?


11 posted on 07/16/2013 7:20:57 AM PDT by mikrofon (No, he's just a Bylsma...)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

Pages aren’t loading correctly again.


12 posted on 07/16/2013 7:37:15 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave

I was always intrigued by the “Great Dismal Swamp” in Suffolk. Apparently it was the scene of quite a battle during the Civil War. And I think I read that some of the drug dealers in Norfolk area used to take street dealers who wouldn’t pay up to Great Dismal, and they were never heard from again. Not certain how true that was, but it certainly did provide an even more scary view of it.


13 posted on 07/16/2013 7:54:18 AM PDT by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: theDentist

I used to see signs for it when I went to Roanoke Rapids, NC on business.


14 posted on 07/16/2013 8:02:18 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave
Enjoying a brief vacation, I went to Va Beach to clear my mind and see a few friends over the weekend. While the weather was a little uncooperative, and the rental car was less than I'd prefer, I felt like I had finally returned home. However, I needed to fly back to Mass., where family issues in abundance were waiting for me, and the feeling of my wallet being picked and my freedoms being oppressed made the landing more dismal than I'd felt before departing.

I've been back 2 days, and the song from Jaws echoes in my mind:

SHOW me the way to go home,
I'm tired and I wanna go to bed
I had a little drink about an hour ago
and it's gone right to my head.

Wherever I may roam
by Land or Sea or Foam,
you can always hear me singing this song;
Show me the way to go home.

15 posted on 07/16/2013 9:26:36 AM PDT by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“So, where does xsex shop fer bathing suites?”

“Oh, de shop on-line, or at dismall, or at dat mall, or at de udder mall.”


16 posted on 07/16/2013 9:36:46 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: theDentist

VA Beach was fun for us last week. Wouldn’t want to live there and deal with driving through the HRBT every day. Like a bunch of Yinzers, slowing down before the tunnel for no reason and causing traffic backups!

I only knew that song from hearing Lister sing it on Red Dwarf in “Thanks for the Memory.”


17 posted on 07/16/2013 10:04:03 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Vacation underway As luck would have it we are on the concierge floor of the ritz Carlton. The kids are excited as we have not been on converge
Level since they were little. Free wifi as well as food throughout the day.


18 posted on 07/16/2013 11:47:04 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

Vacation underway As luck would have it we are on the concierge floor of the ritz Carlton. The kids are excited as we have not been on concierge
Level since they were little. Free wifi as well as food throughout the day.


19 posted on 07/16/2013 11:48:34 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

Vacation underway As luck would have it we are on the concierge floor of the ritz Carlton. The kids are excited as we have not been on concierge
Level since they were little. Free wifi as well as food throughout the day.


20 posted on 07/16/2013 11:48:36 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Oooh la la!

Fancy hotel charging for wifi is one of my pet peeves. Just a blatant ripoff.


21 posted on 07/16/2013 12:12:27 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

They do it with their conferences too. His IT guy just tells them no we are not gonna pay for that.


22 posted on 07/16/2013 12:33:10 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

I have not been paying attention, where are you vacationing this year? Sounds like you are off to a good start!


23 posted on 07/16/2013 12:45:39 PM PDT by tioga
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To: SoothingDave

You are too depressing today with your word. I refuse to submit a homework like that.


24 posted on 07/16/2013 12:46:49 PM PDT by tioga
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To: SoothingDave
Nothing dismal about this, one home invader hit when they invaded a home....made it easier to find the perps with a gunshot wound. Homeowner shoots home invaders and drives off his accomplises in Florida. One arrested....Gotta love Stand Your Ground Laws.
25 posted on 07/16/2013 12:49:03 PM PDT by tioga
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To: tioga

91 glorious degrees here today. Pool time.


26 posted on 07/16/2013 12:49:48 PM PDT by tioga
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To: SoothingDave

Sprinkling off and on and 85 here-

How dismal our chances ate
For keeping any of our money-
Our taxes give the mob EBTs
So their dispositions stay sunny

They buy stuff we can’t afford
Since all these layoffs came-
Mostly because of Obamascare
And the person with that name

He played Soviet Union
Even as the economy sank-
Now, our Nero plays golf
As his numbers are in the tank

Speaking of dismal-don’t forget the fictional Lake Woebegone...


27 posted on 07/16/2013 1:12:48 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

We have 88 — feels like 95 here today. Hit 90 yesterday for the first time this year. Probably will every day this week.


28 posted on 07/16/2013 1:17:59 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

Now I’ve started thinking of place names that don’t paint a pretty picture, and there are several glaring ones just within 10 miles or so in this county- two miles upriver is the site of a small sawmill and settlement in the mid 1800’s-a pretty landmark called Mormon Bluff-it was the scene of one of the bloodiest Indian massacres in the county’s wild west history.

About 8 miles away is a country lane that winds around a hill-the road sign says “Starvation Hill”-no one I’ve asked knows who-or what-starved up there, when, or why.

There is a Lovers’ Leap Road-along a cliff over the river, of course-a Ghost Lane that winds through a dark ravine with trees covered in wild grape vines on either side, a Hellsgate Road-and in the community just across the river, the only way in or out is a treacherous one-lane track winding up the steep hill by the dam, aptly named Suicide Road...

You have to wonder who came up with this stuff...


29 posted on 07/16/2013 2:00:43 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SoothingDave

The 90’s are normal for here, but hot for y’all-It is a bit cool for July here...


30 posted on 07/16/2013 2:03:54 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SoothingDave

I saw a few minutes of Holder’s blabbing at the racial haters’ convention, but with that piano emphasizing his words, I turned on classic rock instead. I was reminded of the traveling tent revivals a couple of my aunts used to go to-I half expected to hear “Amen” or “Yes Lord” from the audience. Now I have a Neil Diamond earworm-

“It’s brother Love’s traveling salvation show-
Pack up the babies and grab the ladies and everyone go”...


31 posted on 07/16/2013 2:16:47 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

Its actually cooled down a bit. We had some rumbles and a bit of rain. Storms passed to the south.

There is a place informally known as “headrush hill” but that is because of the effect you get if you drive over it at a sufficient speed.


32 posted on 07/16/2013 3:12:01 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

I like Headrush Hill-very descriptive. I hope when I build my nest, it can be on a country lane I can name-if even a path has to be cut to get a driveway on your property from a county road, and you are the first one to cut a driveway to the road, you get to name that path/lane, if you want to. Lots of stuff named Don’s Lane, Paul’s Path, etc. I think Ghost Lane is one of those.


33 posted on 07/16/2013 4:05:07 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

We have Frozen Head State Park. Seems a little ghoulish.


34 posted on 07/16/2013 5:57:35 PM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: secret garden; Texan5
We have Frozen Head State Park. Seems a little ghoulish.

And just north of Fredericksburg, TX there is a historical site known as "Baby Head Mountain".

Seems a band of Comanches attacked a farmstead, killed the parents and kidnapped the children. When the posse went out looking for them, they made a grisly find on top of this particular mountain -- a baby's head.

So far as I know, the rest of the children were never recovered.

35 posted on 07/16/2013 6:12:23 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARAD in the past.E)
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To: okie01; secret garden

I’ve heard that story, too-the first time was when I went there with some friends from college. But it seems to me that it is more reasonable hat someone thought the shape of the hill resembled a head-sort of.


36 posted on 07/16/2013 6:35:56 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: okie01; secret garden

The Comanches and other tribes usually didn’t give kids back, even for ransom, for whatever reason-Quanah Parker’s mother was a captive settler, taken as a child.


37 posted on 07/16/2013 6:43:06 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: tioga

Unlike Stevie Washed up Wonder who’s boycotting FL bc of the GZ verdict, we came to FL to celebrate it ; ) Amelia island/Fernandina beach


38 posted on 07/17/2013 6:51:14 AM PDT by xsmommy
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