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barbican
BAR-bih-kun | noun

1 : an outer defensive work; especially : a tower at a gate or bridge

We desperately need a barbican against Trump and the Republicans, something with gun turrets and scalding water and buckets of hot oil to singe off their disgusting skin.

These pictures of an empty and abandoned Barbican Hotel in Lincolnshire, UK are just beautiful. Definitely going in my writing inspiration file.



© Andy Kay; please click for original images
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sanction
SANK-shun | verb

1 : to make valid or binding usually by a formal procedure (such as ratification)
2 : to give effective or authoritative approval or consent to

Trump thinks he’s sanctioned to do whatever the fuck he wants but he’s very much mistaken. We showed him on Saturday that there are many people prepared to fight him tooth and nail. And while Pence is an evil, terrible man, I prefer him only because he’s not a child and isn’t going to get into pissing contests with North Korea just because his ego is bruised. Policy wise nothing would change, and because he’s not a moron he’s probably better able to make it happen, but it would almost be worth it so I wouldn’t have to see Trump’s stupid face next to the word President anymore.

This picture is pretty wild. I have no idea what the story is but it’s cool.

Avengers: X-Sanction Vol 1 #3 © Marvel

abstemious
ab-STEE-mee-us | adjective

1 : : marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol; also : reflecting such restraint

I wish I were more abstemious. I know one person who’s also lacking the abstemious gene and that’s the big Dumpster Fire himself. I do like this word, though. I like how it sounds.

paladin
PAL-uh-din | noun

1 : a trusted military leader (as for a medieval prince)
2 : a leading champion of a cause

We could all do with a paladin taking charge and ridding us of the Republican leadership with one stroke of her mighty sword. Then she’d let the least annoying Democrat take over and disappear off into the sunset having saved us from the unethical scumbags who are poised to make the rich richer and the poor even more poor.

But seriously, this is the first really fun word to come up since I started doing this again. And as you can imagine there are a ton of really cool pictures that come up in an image search. This is a word for the fantasy lovers and rpg fans among us. Read the rest of this entry »

cantankerous
kan-TANK-uh-rus | adjective

1 : difficult or irritating to deal with

When it comes to the last election and Donald Trump, I am most definitely cantankerous. And I don’t apologize for it. This country is putting a con man and illiterate dolt into the highest office in the land, they’re letting someone who’s dangling from Putin’s strings take control of our government agencies and military, and condoning racism and misogyny and intolerance on a global level. Damn straight I’m cantankerous.

To be honest, I feel more than a little like this these days:

© unknown

neologism
nee-AH-luh-jiz-um | noun

1 : a new word, usage, or expression
2 : (psychology) a new word that is coined especially by a person affected with schizophrenia and is meaningless except to the coiner

Trump’s neologisms are inane and ludicrous and demonstrate what kind of half-witted buffoon he really is. I don’t know if he’s schizophrenic but he’s definitely a narcissistic blowhard who lacks all empathy and maybe, if he’s lucky, has one or two barely functioning brain cells left in his head.

Switching directions, this image is very lovely, and unlike other photos on 500px that come up when you search for ‘neologism’, this one makes sense if you read the description.

© emdc; please click for original image

factitious
fak-TISH-us | adjective

1 : produced by humans rather than by natural forces
2a : formed by or adapted to an artificial or conventional standard
2b : produced by special effort : sham

This is an odd word, with ‘fact’ so prominent and yet it means the exact opposite. I didn’t get that from the definition alone, though. The example sentences clarified it for me. But we can’t use it to describe the things that come out of Republicans’ mouths, especially Trump, because they’ll just latch onto ‘fact’ and smile proudly. But it is true that they present a factitious reality of every situation and issue that they talk about. The economy has never been worse. We’ve lost tons of jobs in the last eight years. Hillary Clinton is running a child smuggling ring out of the basement of a pizza parlor. (Well, that’s not just factitious, that’s just insane.) I think that’s how I’m going to describe them from now on. The factitious party. But somehow it’s more satisfying to call them the Pinocchio Party (although that’s really an insult to Pinocchio).

The face of every Republican

Willingness to join soil, sound, hands; memory follows me ~ Viggo Mortensen
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