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Word For the Day, Thursday, August 14, 2003
The Verbivores | 8/14/03 | Teacher

Posted on 08/14/2003 5:23:23 AM PDT by RikaStrom

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”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....


scintilla \sin-TIL-uh\, noun
scintillant; adjective

1. A tiny or scarcely detectable amount; the slightest particle; a trace
2. A spark; a flash.
3. Miniscule

In victory, they must hold on to at least a scintilla of humility, lest they get too cocky -- and ripe for a takedown.
--Bill Breen, "'We are literally trying to stop time,'" Fast Company, May 2000

Etymology: Latin scintilla, "a spark, a glimmer, a faint trace." Also from scintilla is the verb scintillate, "to sparkle."


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Good Morning Students. Welcome to class!

Class is now in session. The rules are simple; you get a grade if you use the WFTD in a sentence, haiku, limerick, or quatrain. You get a "+" if you make a link, or make the teacher laugh, or you offer the appropriate bribes. I hold the grade book; the whip and chair.

There are times when silence is more telling than any number of outbursts. The great amount of noise that Democrats are making about the alleged absence of Saddam's WMDs could just be one of those times.
The situation reminds me of the Sherlock Holmes story, Silver Blaze, I think, in which the dog didn't bark. From this obvious but overlooked fact the great detective deduced that the animal knew the intruders. In the present case, the dog that isn't barking is the White House.

I have no idea what the President has up his sleeve, but I'm willing to bet the demoncrats have no concept of what he really knows, and when he'll chose to share that information with the public. If the dems had a scintilla of intelligence, they would pipe down and watch things unfold. This President plays it close to the vest. With any luck, and a dash or two of vengeance, they could just get bit in the nates!

WMDs — has Bush outfoxed the Dems

A scintilla wit
The spark not to be seen here
Dems best be silent!

1 posted on 08/14/2003 5:23:23 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: *Students; anniegetyourgun; DainBramage; Slip18; xsmommy; camle; CholeraJoe; theDentist; gas_dr; ...
Morning!
2 posted on 08/14/2003 5:23:43 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Countyline; TruthShallSetYouFree; Robert A. Cook, PE; wingnuts'nbolts; SeaDragon; white rose; ...
Morning!
3 posted on 08/14/2003 5:23:51 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RJayneJ; LonePalm; gwmoore; lds23; MeeknMing; Eala; Hegewisch Dupa; Constitution Day; christine; ...
Morning!
4 posted on 08/14/2003 5:24:03 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Laura Earl; HairOfTheDog; Lunatic Fringe; Dan from Michigan; pankot; thegreatbeast; SCalGal; ...
Morning!
5 posted on 08/14/2003 5:24:26 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
mornin
6 posted on 08/14/2003 5:24:50 AM PDT by camle (- INCOMMING!!)
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To: RikaStrom
HI
7 posted on 08/14/2003 5:25:20 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (If they make a John Kerry bobble head doll, they will need to make the head smaller.)
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To: RikaStrom
top 10
8 posted on 08/14/2003 5:27:09 AM PDT by NeoCaveman
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To: RikaStrom
I have a scintilla coat. But when I'm around liberals, I'm always careful to wear it inside out.
9 posted on 08/14/2003 5:28:23 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: camle; Flurry; dubyaismypresident
Well lookie here, three croqs all to myself. ;-)
10 posted on 08/14/2003 5:28:38 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
Howdy
11 posted on 08/14/2003 5:28:55 AM PDT by Gabz (anti-smokers - personification of everything wrong in this country.)
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To: anniegetyourgun
Morning Teacher Annie, you snuck in!

How are you this fine rainy day?

12 posted on 08/14/2003 5:30:17 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Gabz
Morning Gabz, I see the youngster was a bit better last night.
13 posted on 08/14/2003 5:31:23 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
Are you up to the challenge?
14 posted on 08/14/2003 5:32:33 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (If they make a John Kerry bobble head doll, they will need to make the head smaller.)
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To: RikaStrom
sounds kinda like mebbe a scintilla of common sense wuold have kept ther crew away from the leeward side...
15 posted on 08/14/2003 5:32:42 AM PDT by camle (- INCOMMING!!)
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To: RikaStrom
well, I gets firsties!!!
16 posted on 08/14/2003 5:33:06 AM PDT by camle (- INCOMMING!!)
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To: RikaStrom
4!
17 posted on 08/14/2003 5:33:45 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper (o)(o)
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To: RikaStrom
I came in out of the rain. It's as dark as 8 pm right now here. National Weather Service says they've spotted water spouts off coast near me. Tornado action may be headed our way. I've only been in one twister before (in midwest) and I remember this dark eery look. I don't like the looks of this one bit.
18 posted on 08/14/2003 5:33:49 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: RikaStrom
Oh, I'm waide awake today, and so pleased to be here.
Really.
No, I really mean Really!

Can someone pass me the thermos?

19 posted on 08/14/2003 5:33:52 AM PDT by theDentist (Liberals can sugarcoat sh** all they want. I'm not biting.)
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To: RikaStrom
Governor Perry is tired of the crap
And throws it back in the dumocrats' lap.
Come do the work for which you were hired
Or by Friday, your staffs will be fired.
20 posted on 08/14/2003 5:36:26 AM PDT by Texan5
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To: camle
Bad link Camle.
21 posted on 08/14/2003 5:38:48 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: camle; Flurry
LOL!
22 posted on 08/14/2003 5:39:08 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
Morning! Here's one with the word, but I just could'nt resist the other one.

Without a scintilla of brains
Or a hope of political gains
Their staffs about to be sent away
Still at the Marriot they stay.
23 posted on 08/14/2003 5:40:20 AM PDT by Texan5
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To: RikaStrom
Yes, thank goodness - it seems everyone was able to get sleep last night.
24 posted on 08/14/2003 5:42:27 AM PDT by Gabz (anti-smokers - personification of everything wrong in this country.)
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To: RikaStrom
did you get thru? that story didn't pass the smell test.
25 posted on 08/14/2003 5:43:50 AM PDT by camle (- INCOMMING!!)
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To: RikaStrom
His parents, they hated his bride
She wounded their ego and pride
He quickly turned killer
Remorse? A scintilla
They messed with his bride, so they died
26 posted on 08/14/2003 5:44:45 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: anniegetyourgun
Good luck, annie
27 posted on 08/14/2003 5:46:41 AM PDT by Gabz (anti-smokers - personification of everything wrong in this country.)
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To: RikaStrom
Dean and Kerry
Kerry and Dean
The fans of one
Make the other's fans scream
Not a scintilla of smarts between either one
Who thought cannibalization would be this fun?

Dean fans flog blog, rip Kerry to threads

28 posted on 08/14/2003 5:48:15 AM PDT by NeoCaveman
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To: RikaStrom
The editorial board the the biggest rag in Delaware doesn't have a scintilla of common sense when it comes to the big picture.

Biden's decision not to run for president is a disappointment

The saddest thing is that they really beieve what they print, and so do the sheeple of the state. I'm glad I'm out of there.

29 posted on 08/14/2003 5:49:32 AM PDT by Gabz (anti-smokers - personification of everything wrong in this country.)
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To: RikaStrom
Good morning, Miss Rika!
30 posted on 08/14/2003 5:52:06 AM PDT by Slip18
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To: RikaStrom
morning teach. humider than i don't know what here. you can barely breathe outside and there is condensation on the windows from the a/c inside.

good news is that xsteen gets her braces off, so we are down to ONE in orthodontia, until xsbrownie loses and grows enough teeth to get her's. : )

31 posted on 08/14/2003 5:53:23 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: RikaStrom; Slip18
i forwarded the Bot pix to your ofc. hope that is ok, slippywippy?
32 posted on 08/14/2003 5:54:10 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Gabz
glad to hear it, gabz!
33 posted on 08/14/2003 5:54:29 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: RikaStrom
There was a young girl from Manila,
Whose tastes were absurdly vanilla,
On conundrum and wit,
She relied not a bit,
Not even a little scintilla!

34 posted on 08/14/2003 5:54:31 AM PDT by Agnes Heep
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To: RikaStrom; xsmommy; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; Texan5
Hi!

(Cook scintillates into the classroom after the bell rings, looks at his watch, yelps "Oh no, I'm late!", and immediately jumps up and runs out....)
35 posted on 08/14/2003 5:55:48 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only support FR by donating monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Agnes Heep
they say that folks who prefer vanilla ice cream are sexier...
36 posted on 08/14/2003 5:57:30 AM PDT by camle (- INCOMMING!!)
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To: xsmommy
top o th mernin t'ya me darlin XS!
how's ever little thang?
37 posted on 08/14/2003 5:58:43 AM PDT by camle (- INCOMMING!!)
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To: camle
good camle how bout your own self?
38 posted on 08/14/2003 6:01:44 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: anniegetyourgun
" National Weather Service says they've spotted water spouts off coast near me."

I think water spouts usually pull up once they hit land. Of course the rain the drops from the cloud the water spout is in has been known to rain fish and other things that the water spout picked up at sea.... I've seen water spouts in FL before and they don't look near as scary as a tornado. They are usually really skinny too so wouldn't have as wide of a path as a regular tornado I think.
39 posted on 08/14/2003 6:02:04 AM PDT by honeygrl
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To: xsmommy; RikaStrom
Here is a perfect example of the brainwashed sheeple of Delaware. From this morning's letters to the editor.

Europeans' opinions should be heeded
I read with interest the Sunday article about Europe, "They love us but don't like us."All of my European friends would agree with the points made by author Dean Lomis.

Europeans can't understand our conservative leanings, high crime rate, use of guns, support of capital punishment, unilateralism, disregard for the United Nations and ignorance of the world. these criticisms are much more relevant today than during the last administration, when we had a president who did understand the world and was highly respected in Europe.

Choosing Howard Dean for president would help us regain the respect of Europeans. Dean's view of leadership is based on alliances and multilateralism. He believes we should rally the world around fundamental principles of decency, responsibility, freedom and mutual respect.

I notice the writer said the bent one was respected in Europe, didn't mention about here at home.

40 posted on 08/14/2003 6:02:17 AM PDT by Gabz (anti-smokers - personification of everything wrong in this country.)
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To: Texan5
He's going to fire their staff??! All Right! Now we're talking.
41 posted on 08/14/2003 6:03:11 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: RikaStrom
"I'm gonna scintilla can't scin no more!" - Hugh Hefner.
42 posted on 08/14/2003 6:03:55 AM PDT by TheGrimReaper (o)(o)
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To: xsmommy
Ok gang, I have to go to work, I will check in on y'all at lunch.
43 posted on 08/14/2003 6:04:12 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Gabz
Were you able to find that book at the library last night?
44 posted on 08/14/2003 6:06:16 AM PDT by honeygrl
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To: TheGrimReaper
Brilliant.

Oh BTW, shameless plug for my thread.

45 posted on 08/14/2003 6:06:41 AM PDT by NeoCaveman
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To: dubyaismypresident

46 posted on 08/14/2003 6:07:36 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: honeygrl
I didn't go to the library yesterday.

I will be giong this afternoon after I finish at the School Board Office. The library is right down the street from there, and since it's in a town 15 miles away, I decided not to bother making 2 seperate trips.
47 posted on 08/14/2003 6:08:05 AM PDT by Gabz (anti-smokers - personification of everything wrong in this country.)
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To: dubyaismypresident
heck with linking let's see the pix!!
48 posted on 08/14/2003 6:08:37 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: dubyaismypresident
Naked dubs


49 posted on 08/14/2003 6:09:31 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy; DollyCali
For now, there are only the 2 pics from the radio station. DollyCali will be getting the rest of the pics up soon.
50 posted on 08/14/2003 6:09:57 AM PDT by NeoCaveman
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