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The following will spice up your vocabulary:

Indigent – in poverty; needy, destitute.

Indomitable – untamed, ungoverned.

Indiscreet – careless.

Incertitude – an uncertain state of mind.

Infirmity – feebleness, weakness, frailty.

Insouciant – calm, unbothered, carefree.

Penurious – mean, miserly, stingy.

Perambulate – to walk about; stroll.

Peripatetic – walking about; itinerant

Pernicious – causing great injury, destruction.

Perspicacious – to see through; having keen judgment.

Funnies from the web:

Respect your parents; they passed school without Google.

Minister: I now pronounce you husband and wife. Update your Facebook status.

Spring is here; I’m so excited I wet my plants.

Barbershop message: If we can’t make you look good, you ugly!

Legend on truck: Driver carries less than $50 cash and is fully naked.

You haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it is running.

Looking way back: 243 years ago, in 1771, Harmon Greathouse became the first European settler on the creek which still bears his name: Harmon Creek.

Five years later, John Holliday built a cabin on a cove in Harmon Creek. So we have Holliday’s Cove.

Dennis Jones does exceptionally fine work as Director of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. The weeks of Aug. 17 through Sept. 27 will focus on the history of sports in Weirton. With a modest contribution from First Choice America Federal Credit Union, Dennis is endeavoring to bring in speakers as well as sports writers, coaches and broadcasters.

Overheard: “I’m going to retire and live off my savings. What I’ll do the second day, I have no idea.”

Old friends and old wine are best. – Proverb

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years’ mere study of books. – Longfellow

“Did you hear my last speech?” I asked Rick E. Smith, whose video talents far surpass his golf credentials.

His insulting reply: “I certainly hope so.”

An e-mail from a friend in Ohio: “Deadly terms used by a woman.”

1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when she knows she is right and you need to shut up.

2. Nothing: Means something and you need to be worried.

3. Go ahead: This is a dare, not permission; do not do it.

4. Whatever: A woman’s way of saying nuts to you.

5. That’s okay: She is thinking long and hard on how and when you will pay.

6. Wow! This is not a compliment!

Does anyone else get road rage from pushing a cart through Walmart?

Sign for rest rooms: “Men to the left because women are always right.”

Words to live by: “You don’t stop having fun when you get old; you get old when you stop having fun.”

Here’s an excellent wedding toast: “May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.”

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These words will invigorate your vocabulary:

Acrophobia – abnormal fear of high places.

Acquiesce – to agree or consent w/o protest.

Agoraphobia – abnormal fear of being in public.

Bete noire – person or thing feared, disliked, avoided.

Bundestag – the federal diet, or assembly, of West Germany.

Carte blanche – full authority.

Certitude – a feeling of absolute sureness or conviction.

Dark horse – regarded by few as a likely winner.

Duchy – territory ruled by duke or duchess.

Emolument – gain from employment or position.

Panache – dashing style, swagger.

One of the worst things for seniors is we no longer see or hear as well as we used to. And the worst thing likely is forgetfulness senior moments.

I spend a lot of time thinking of the hereafter – meaning I go upstairs to get something and then wonder what I’m here after! You, too?

Not in a lot of years have I heard anyone employ the word, perspicacity, in describing someone. It means having keen judgment or understanding; acutely perspective.

Item from the web: “I decided to stop calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.”

And this: “Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.”

A dozen or so years ago, in addressing the Weirton Rotary Club, I mentioned the No. 1 fear of most people is having to make a speech. The No. 2 fear is having to listen to one.

In 1995, Jay Rockefeller paid our city a supreme compliment in saying, “Weirton is what every town in America wishes it could be. It is how many people would like to see themselves. You take care of one another. You look out for each other, because that’s what neighbors and families do. From the Italian community to the Polish, to the Slovak and every other, you are, above all, neighbors, coworkers and friends.”

Accurately stated, senator. May we always live up to those flattering remarks!

Who was the first U. S. President to have a telephone on his desk?

Herbert Hoover. Up until 1929, the president used a phone booth outside his office.

In one of my speeches in 2002, I noted that in modern America, influenced by television personalities, we like messages of three words – such as “like a rock,” “where’s the beef?,” “whatever it takes,” “knock yourself out” – and so forth.

Here were my closing thoughts: discontent is good; make a commitment; don’t accept mediocrity; do it better; remember to share; count your blessings; and finally, serve with gratitude!

Witty cartoon caption: “If you need a shoulder to cry on, pull off to the side of the road.”

To do great important tasks, two things are necessary: a plan and not quite enough time.

This friend of mine had a novel thought about exercise: start slow and then gradually taper off to nothing.

From a buddy in Columbus, Ohio: “A gushy reporter told Phil Mickelson, ‘you are spectacular; your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What’s your secret?’ Mickelson replied, ‘The holes are numbered.'”

Well-stated words: “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

In a very competitive outing at Williams Country Club the morning of July 11, I was paired with David Gould, and we battled Rick Smith and his partner, Bernie Bish, who hadn’t played much this year.

Scores were rather high. The rough was cruel.

The match ended in a tie when I got down in four on the par four 18th. Gould was medalist, while the ambidextrous Smith had birdies on No. 2 and No. 7. A good test on a tough course and a ton of fun, as well.

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Expand your vocabulary with these words:

Lagniappe (lan-yap) – windfall; unexpected bonus.

Dossier – a collection of documents.

Escheat – reverting of property when there’s no legal heirs.

Fulminate – to shout, like when you miss a short putt.

Garrote – to disable by strangling.

Garrulous – excessive talking, loquacious.

Harlot – same as prostitute.

Hovel – any small, miserable dwelling.

Infatuated – lacking sound judgment; foolish.

Infirmity – feebleness, physical weakness, frailty.

Lassitude – tired and listless, weariness.

The televised concert by The Bee Gees June 29 was nothing short of fabulous! Talk about talent. Their hit song,”Staying Alive,” compels one to get up and dance. If the show is rebroadcast, I’ll be watching.

Observing First Choice America’s picnic for “Cool Kids” in Chester, I jotted down what they could do: bounce, throw, slide, run, walk, bat, crawl, climb, ride, eat, drink, romp, laugh, shout, scream, explore and pet the police dog. The city’s shiny red fire truck also got a lot of attention.

Did this ever happen to you?

The room was hushed

The speaker mute

He’d left his speech

In his other suit!

It is said that Harry Truman, while in Congress, told reporters that as a young boy in Missouri a part of him wanted to serve his country and another part wanted to run off and join the circus.

He said, “By coming to Washington, I’ve been able to fulfill both ambitions.”

The number of possible bridge hands a player might be dealt adds up to more than 635 billion.

It would be possible to deal one bridge hand every hour for over 72 million years without getting the same hand. Source – an executive speech writer newsletter.

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? Answer: their birthplace.

“The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.”

– Bertolt Brech, German dramatist.

Who could not love this quote: “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.”

– Vince Lombardi.

Here’s a good one: “I wanted to be an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays!”

– Henny Youngman, comedian.

From a flyer on quotes, a formula for success: “Rise early, work hard, strike oil.” – J. Paul Getty.

If you like poetry, here is one of the best.

Elinor Lennen is the author.

“Give me wide walls to build my house of life,

The north shall be of love against the winds of fate,

The south of tolerance that I may outreach hate,

The east of faith, that rises bright and clear each day,

The west of hope, that even dies a glorious day.

The floor beneath my feet shall be humility,

The roof, the sky itself, infinity.

Give us wide walls to build our house of life.”