Words (revised)

When bird pal Jeff, recently moved from Arizona to Florida, wrote his Redbelly parrots would not eat Eastern blueberries, bird pal Craig, who lives in Norfolk England, responded that all parrots are contumacious.

I’ve been speaking English for 70 years, so you would think I would know all the words by now, but I had to look up this word as I often do when a Brit speaks or writes English. 

Years ago, I set myself the task of learning 10 new English words a week, plus their definitions. 


My garden mid May 2013 020These days, I ask my daughter, a Linguist, how to pronounce this or that  word as well as its etymology.  Most recently, we discussed ‘herbs.’ My parents called them herbs, then I learned to call them ‘Erbs’ à la Southern speak, or as Connie says, “sixteenth century English.”


Histology of a nodular basal-cell carcinoma

Histology of a nodular basal-cell carcinoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For those who have asked how my surgery went yesterday.  The doc removed a “basal cell carcinoma” from my arm . I’s provide a photograph but don’t want to gross you out.  So far so good…results next week. In other words I will find out if the lesion was completely excised.

The doc who performed the surgery (not my regular Dermatologist) said “My goodness that is big (2l x 1w centimeters).” Just the thing you want to hear, right?

As I watched her shake the piece of flesh loose from the surgical thread, I thought, well there goes another piece of me.  I figure with all the surgeries I have experienced over my lifetime, beginning with my tonsils at age 5 in Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Southern Pines, I must have lost a pound of flesh by now.

With 7 external stitches plus a few internal ones, I am able to do most things including working outside yesterday to plant the remainder of my summer flowers in containers and tend to my herbs. Despite Plavix, bruising is minimal. As I don’t have Diabetes, I expect the site to be healed by next week when the doc removes the stitches. This was my third brush with skin cancer.    


11 thoughts on “Words (revised)

  1. No noise here. 🙂 Yup, hope she got it all. Yup, always something comes off, this year less. I used to bake in the sun every day, now I am short of vitamin D. Waiting with crossed fingers…..


  2. There are over a million words in the English language so my guess is we’ll never learn them all. But I like that you try!

    I was a snob about accents until I took a course on the English language for my Literature degree, and discovered that language is a living, growing, changing entity and it’s quite possible American accents are closer to Shakespeare than English accents 🙂


  3. How fortunate, both a word expert and budding natural food farmer/expert in your family! Is my assumption correct that you have eased off the 10 word a week goal?

    Skin cancer is scary and both my parents had cancers removed and were vigilant about regular full body checks. I have to say, though. that the micrograph you included looks like a creatively designed fabric pattern, some form of wax-resist dyeing, maybe.


  4. What a ramble! Lol. Well, if you still want to hear a Brit speak, come to the dinner at the Capital Hilton. My friend, Denise, will be there. She was born and raised in England, so I imagine she still has a British accent.


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