The Jewish holidays are over for now, so I’m back with the Spelling Bee. Woohoo! It’s been threating rain today in LA, and as of 3:30pm, it hasn’t rained in my part of town. Maybe by the end of the day we’ll have gotten the thunderstorms the government promised. Slight chance or no slight chance.
Yesterday I missed OPIOID, RIGID, RIGOR, and YOGI.
DIPPY: Stupid; foolish. PIROGI: (Plural of pirog) Russian meat pies.
Somehow PIROG was not a word in the list, so I’m guessing it was a dumb spelling of pierogi. Now I’m in the mood for pierogi. I will make them for dinner. Well, I’ll heat them up. I got them from Costco.
PRIG: A self-righteously moralistic person who behaves as if superior to others.
Letters: IACDEMY Final score: 35 words for 148 points. Genius minimum: 137 points. First word: ACADEMIC. Pangram: IMMEDIACY. Tweet:
It’s the last day of August! And as seems to be consistent with Los Angeles weather during the month, it rained today. As you know from my woodworking projects, I pay more attention to what’s put out on the street toward the end of a month because that’s when people move out and get rid of furniture. So they leave furniture out by the curb, and then it rains, and everything is damaged and I get nothing because I prefer not to pick up warped furniture.
Yesterday I missed both pangrams, ANNIHILATION and INHALATION, AIOLI (as usual), ALTO, ANON, ANTI, HALAL, INHALANT, INITIAL, INITIATION, IOTA, LANAI, LANOLIN, NATAL, TAHINI, TALI, TANNIN, and TITILLATION.
HATHA: YOGA! A yoga system of physical exercises and breathing control. LANTANA: A tropical evergreen shrub of the verbena family, several kinds of which are cultivated as ornamentals. I never can remember this word. I always wonder what the thing is that is like ALANTA but isn’t. No amount of wracking my brains is enough.
NATANT: Swimming or floating.
Letters: IEGHTWY Final score: 16 words for 72 points. Genius minimum: 69 points. First word: EIGHTY. Last word: WIGHT. Pangram: WEIGHTY.
Got to Amazing. The genius minimum was too high, and I had way more to do today than I had time to do. Calah and I got back from SLO this afternoon after a quick trip up. Her family is great, and I’m happy to be part of it.
Yesterday I missed BOOM, EMBLEM, and MELEE.
BIOME: BOMBE: MEZE: MEZZE: MEZZO:
Letters: AHILNOT Final score: 41 words for 155 points. Genius minimum: 214 points. First word: HALO. Pangram: Nope. Tweets:
Calah and I decided to take a little road trip, so we’re on that now. I’m actually writing this in the wee hours of Sunday morning before going to bed, but we’re heading out early and we’ve got a lot of road ahead of us. It’s just a short trip, but since I’ll have unreliable access to this stuff on Sunday, I’m writing it now. Yay!
“born or originating in a particular place,” 1640s, from Late Latin indigenus “born in a country, native,” from Latin indigena “sprung from the land, native,” as a noun, “a native,” literally “in-born,” or “born in (a place),” from Old Latin indu (prep.) “in, within” + gignere (perfective genui) “to beget, produce,” from PIE root *gene- “give birth, beget,” with derivatives referring to procreation and familial and tribal groups.
Indu “within” is from archaic endo, which is cognate with Greek endo- “in, within,” from PIE *endo-, extended form of root *en “in.” Related: Indigenously.
Letters: MBEILOZ Final score: 24 words for 95 points. Genius minimum: 90 points. First word: ZOMBIE. Last word: EMBEZZLE. Pangram: IMMOBILIZE and MOBILIZE.
So I like to say about August that it’s the most august month of the year. I’m running out of time to say it, so here you go: August is the most august month of the year.
Yesterday I missed AHOY, ANYHOO, HOMONYM, HYMN, and MONONYM.
GAMY: (of meat) having the strong flavor or smell of game, especially when it is slightly tainted. HOMOGAMY: Marriage between people from similar sociological or educational backgrounds. HOMONYMY: The existence of the concept that there are two or more words that have the same having the same spelling but different meanings and origins. Also a word that I had to check the spelling of many times to make sure I got it right. YANG: (in Chinese philosophy) the active male principle of the universe, characterized as male and creative and associated with heaven, heat, and light.
Letters: IDEFGNY Final score: 49 words for 303 points. Genius minimum: 302 points. First word: DEIGNING. Last word: ENDING. Pangrams: EDIFYING, DEIFYING, DEFYING. Tweet:
It’s nice to be back to the Spelling Bee–especially when the genius minimum is not 278 points. Today has been hot and humid in LA, which isn’t the most pleasant of weather. Certainly not the worst, though.
Yesterday I missed AUNT, AUTO, NUNHOOD, THOU, and UDON.
UNHAT: To take off your hat to show respect. UNHOOD: To remove a hood from, esp. a falcon.
The Purpose of Falconry Hoods
The purpose of the falconry hood is to control the moments a trainer and bird of prey interact so that the bird recognizes the trainer’s role in positive and neutral moments and minimizes negative stimuli. This means that the amount of time the bird is hooded is not a constant and can fluctuate in response to the trainer’s growing reinforcement value. Because birds of prey don’t have many social reinforcers and the relationship does rely largely on reinforcers such as food, the trainer can avoid filling up the raptor’s crop by transporting it with a hood, thus removing the need to deliver food for staying on the glove and not try to fly off, either in response to a scary stimulus or in anticipation of its next opportunity.
A falconry hood can be a critical tool in preventing problems because it can be so hard, if not impossible, to train a raptor to be calm in all circumstances. This means when unpredictably scary stimuli arise and we have a raptor with us, it can associate us with the fearful situation, whether we choose to restrain it on the glove or it flies off, leaving us in a lose-lose scenario. In the case where we do have food that we can use to counter condition the bird of prey to stressful stimuli, we are limited by the raptor’s appetite, and if it is fully flighted and able to fly, there is a good chance we can overfill it and lead to a situation where it loses the motivation to stay on the glove as well. The same can also be said for changing and unpredictable circumstances when we can no longer rely on food motivation to help us work the bird through in a calm manner.