Words of Encouragement

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xoxo,
Mich

Minor Setback

Good day to all of our amazing Kiss and Tell blog viewers. We deeply apologize for you guys not hearing from us in a few months. Mich and I have been extremely busy, from prom, to graduating, and now starting college in Spring of 2014. However, we’re planning some important, yet relatable blogs for some of you. Continue spreading the word about us, and we’ll do our part in keeping you entertained.

xoxo,
Nich

Word of the Week

July 30, 2014
selfie: an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks; “Still, results of a survey by the Pew Research Center released in March show that 55 percent of millennials—those ages 18 to 33—have posted a selfie on a social media site—compared with 26 percent of all Americans.” — Doug Moore, Chicago Tribune, June 29, 2014

July 23, 2014
lèse-majesté: an offense violating the dignity of sovereign; : a detraction from or affront to dignity or importance; “That kind of suppression actually harkens back … to the 1976 coup, when the penalty for lèse majesté was increased to a maximum of 15 years in prison per count.…” —David Streckfuss,Vice News, June 3, 2014

July 16, 2014
unregenerate: not spiritually reborn or converted; a : not reformed : unreconstructed; b : obstinate, stubborn; “She sings … in a voice that could melt the heart of the most unregenerate musical hater.” — Charles Isherwood, The New York Times, May 18, 2008

July 9, 2014
duplicity: the disguising of true intentions by deceptive words or action; In a shameful act of duplicity, Jerry took the money he was entrusted to donate to the homeless shelter and instead used it to buy drugs.

July 2, 2014
fracking: the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources (such as oil or natural gas); “Nationally, the transport of oil by rail is on a steep upward trajectory, largely due to fracking in North Dakota and drilling in Canada’s Alberta tar sands.” — Jayni Foley Hein, Grand Forks Herald, May 25, 2014

June 25, 2014
oblivion: the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten;especially : the condition of being oblivious; a : the condition or state of being forgotten or unknown; b : the state of being destroyed; After driving for 10 hours with the events of the past few days running repeatedly through her mind, Elyse was looking forward to the oblivion of sleep.

June 18, 2014
stoic: one apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain; Stoic that she is, Edra finished the marathon despite a painful pulled tendon in her knee.

June 11, 2014
ambrosia: the food of the Greek and Roman gods; b : the ointment or perfume of the gods; : something extremely pleasing to taste or smell; : a dessert made of oranges and shredded coconut; The company drew criticism for advertising the children’s medicine as if it were ambrosia.

June 4, 2014
zowie: used to express astonishment or admiration especially in response to something sudden or speedy; Zowie! It’s almost February of your junior year! Can you believe it? Because college admissions officers are super-interested in this particular year, think about ways you can really shine in academics and extracurricular activities.” — Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz, The Huffington Post, January 28, 2014

May 28, 2014
toxophilite: a person fond of or expert at archery; “With this weekend’s smashing debut of the movie Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen’s power with a bow and arrow has made toxophilites (archery-lovers) of us all.” — Rebecca J. Rosen, Atlantic Online, March 26, 2012

May 21, 2014
amiable: generally agreeable; : being friendly, sociable, and congenial; “Aside from being amiable, Mickey Mouse has no discernible personality of any kind, yet he has captivated the world, appeared in hundreds of films, and sold billions of dollars’ worth of merchandise.” — R. L. Stine, quoted in The Atlantic, March 19, 2014

May 14, 2014
yokel: a naive or gullible inhabitant of a rural area or small town; The yokels at the gas station looked at us funny when we walked in, but they were friendly and obliging when we asked them for directions.

May 7, 2014
lionize: to treat as an object of great interest or importance; In his letter to the editor, Jeremy denounced the mass media’s tendency to lionize accused murderers.

April 30, 2014
svelte: a : slender, lithe; b : having even and smooth lines : sleek; : urbane, suave; The TV star posted an online photo of herself, looking svelte in a figure-hugging dress.

April 23, 2014
cockamamy: ridiculous, incredible; “Colin Farrell is good in this time-traveling romance, but it’s tastefully cockamamie and increasingly gloppy.” — From a movie listing in The Hartford Courant (Connecticut), February 20, 2014

April 16, 2014
Walter Mitty: a commonplace unadventurous person who seeks escape from reality through daydreaming; Alan is a Walter Mitty who loves to read travel books but rarely ventures beyond the limits of his own small town.

April 9, 2014
narwhal: an arctic cetacean (Monodon monoceros) about 20 feet (6 meters) long with the male having a long twisted ivory tusk; “Polar bears and narwhals—some of the Arctic’s most unusual and beloved creatures—are the focus of a family activity day at the Whatcom Museum, part of its continuing events in support of the ‘Vanishing Ice’ exhibit.” — From an article by Robert Mittendorf in The Bellingham Herald (Washington), January 9, 2014

April 2, 2014
orthography: a : the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage; b : the representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols; : a part of language study that deals with letters and spelling; English orthography was not yet regularized in Shakespeare’s time, so words often had many different spellings.

March 26, 2014
verboten: forbidden; especially : prohibited by dictate; “This was not, perhaps, all that surprising since marijuana remains verboten under federal law to this day….” — From a column by James Gill in The Advocate (New Orleans, Louisiana), January 30, 2014

March 19, 2014
laissez-faire: a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights; : a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action; “The International Olympic Committee said Monday that they were pleased at how athletes were using social media.… ‘We take a very laissez-faire attitude,’ IOC spokesman Mark Adams says.” — From an article by Kelly Whiteside in USA Today, February 11, 2014

March 12, 2014
artless: lacking art, knowledge, or skill : uncultured; 2 a : made without skill : crude; b : free from artificiality : natural; : free from guile or craft : sincerely simple; The senator’s folksy demeanor and seemingly artless candor belie the man’s shrewd and calculating political sensibilities.

March 5, 2014
zeitgeber: an environmental agent or event that provides the stimulus setting or resetting a biological clock of an organism; “Food availability seems to be a weaker zeitgeber than light. Although food is more essential than light for an animal’s survival, light exerts a finer control than food availability over the activity rhythm.” — From Roberto Refinetti’s 2006 book Circadian Physiology, Second Edition

February 26, 2014
picayune: of little value : paltry; also : petty, small-minded; Jeanne only had picayune criticisms in regard to the new ad campaign, but that didn’t stop her from voicing them at the meeting.

February 19, 2014
serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also : an instance of this; “Many young people today have never had the experience of getting lost.… They have not experienced the pleasure of wandering while lost and discovering by serendipity interesting new places.” — From an op-ed by Katie Davis and Howard Gardner in the Seattle Times, January 7, 2014

February 12, 2014
parvenu: one who has recently or suddenly risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it; “Today, Denver continues to reflect the brash carelessness of the parvenu, flush and arrogant with sudden riches.” — From an article by Susan Barnes-Gelt in the Denver Post, November 24, 2013

February 5, 2014
aerie: an elevated often secluded dwelling, structure, or position; Members of the royal family were seated in an aerie flanking the stage.

January 29, 2014
stymie: to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of; Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of funds.

January 22, 2014
hoopla: exaggerated or sensational promotion or publicity; In my opinion, the movie didn’t live up to the hoopla surrounding it.

January 15, 2014
nonchalant: having an air of easy unconcern or indifference; The most experienced public speakers are able to address audiences with a nonchalant ease.

January 8, 2014
endemic: characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment : restricted or peculiar to a locality or region; A recent report identifies the country as a “failed state,” citing endemic corruption at all levels of government.

January 1, 2014
pococurante: indifferent, nonchalant; Even the most pococurante museum-goers are bound to be moved by the photos in the new exhibit.

December 25, 2013
debonair: dressing and acting in an appealing and sophisticated way : fashionable, attractive, and confident : suave, urbane; David, a handsome and debonair bachelor, was among the first guests to arrive at Hannah’s Christmas Eve party.

December 18, 2013
pinnacle: the highest point of development or achievement, acme; Winning the national championship was the pinnacle of his career.

December 11, 2013
nimiety: excess, redundancy; Nathan is possessed of a nimiety of get-rich-quick schemes, combined with a paucity of common sense.

December 4, 2013
foison: rich harvest (archaic); “Earth’s increase, foison plenty, / Barns and garners* never empty; / Vines with clust’ring bunches growing, / Plants with goodly burden bowing.…” —From Shakespeare’s 1623 play The Tempest

[*”Garner” can refer to a building or a bin in which grain is stored.]

November 27, 2013
thankful: glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.; Everyone was thankful to hear the good news.

November 20, 2013
sporadic: occurring occasionally, singly, or in irregular or random instances; “My thoughts are sporadic.” —”Till I Collapse” by Eminem

November 13, 2013
mitigate: to cause to become less harsh or hostile; to make less severe or painful; Both engineers and government officials hoped that improvements to the public transportation system would help mitigate traffic congestion in the city.

November 6, 2013
bonhomie: good-natured easy friendliness; “The discussions today were tinged by a history of difficult exchanges between Netanyahu and Obama. For all the supposed bonhomie of their first encounter at the airport, they have clashed on details and symbolism.” —From an article by Massimo Calabresi at time.com, September 30, 2013

Quote of the Week

February 26, 2014
“It’s not where you come from, it’s where you belong; nothin’ I would trade; I wouldn’t have it any other way; you’re surrounded by love and you’re wanted; so never feel alone; you are home with me; right where you belong.” ―”Where You Belong” by Kari Kimmel

February 19, 2014
“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ―When Harry Met Sally

February 12, 2014
“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it.” ―Sleepless In Seattle

February 5, 2014
“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day…” ―The Notebook

January 29, 2014
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” ―Amelia Earhart

January 22, 2014
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” ―Robert Frost

January 15, 2014
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” ―Sir Winston Churchill

January 8, 2014
“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” ―Albert Einstein

January 1, 2014
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” ―Bertrand Russell

December 25, 2013
“Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.” ―H. G. Wells

December 18, 2013
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”  ―Cicero

December 11, 2013
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” ―Marilyn Monroe

December 4, 2013
“Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up, but you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength and just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up, and not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.” ―”Till I Collapse” by Eminem

November 27, 2013
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” ―Tecumseh

November 20, 2013
“Distance is temporary, love is forever.”

November 13, 2013
“In life there are going to be some things that make it hard to smile. Through all the rain and pain you got to keep your sense of humor and smile for me now. Remember that.” ―Tupac Shakur

November 6, 2013
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” ―1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NKJV