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I spend most of my time daydreaming and creating otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic, and romance. All of my heroes have long hair, and my heroines are strong-willed. Prior to being a writer, I played bass guitar in an all-girl hard rock/metal band in southern California. When I'm not writing, editing, or reading, I enjoy practicing target archery.
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

daft
adjective \ˈdaft also ˈdäft\
Popularity: Bottom 50% of words
Simple Definition of daft
: strange often in a way that is funny
: crazy or foolish
Full Definition of daft
1
a :  silly, foolish
b :  mad, insane
2
Scottish :  frivolously merry
daftly adverb
daftness play \ˈdaf(t)-nəs\ noun
Origin of daft
Middle English dafte gentle, stupid; akin to Old English gedæfte mild, gentle, Middle English defte deft, Old Church Slavic podobati to be fitting


First Known Use: 14th century

Beauty may be the real beast.

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

daemon
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words
Definition of daemon

variant of demon

Beauty may be the real beast.


Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

dado
noun,  da·do \ˈdā-(ˌ)dō\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words
Definition of dado
plural dadoes
1
a :  the part of a pedestal of a column above the base
b :  the lower part of an interior wall when specially decorated or faced; also :  the decoration adorning this part of a wall
2
:  a rectangular groove cut to make a joint in woodworking; specifically :  one cut across the grain

Illustration of dado

Origin of dado
Italian, die, plinth

First Known Use: 1664
2 dado
verb,  da·do
Definition of dado
Dadoed dadoing
transitive verb
1
:  to provide with a dado
2
a :  to set into a groove
b :  to cut a dado in (as a plank)

1881

First Known Use of dado

Beauty may be the real beast.

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Weird Word Wednesday

dabchick
noun  dab·chick \ˈdab-ˌchik\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words
Definition of dabchick
:  any of several small grebes

Origin of dabchick
probably irregular from obsolete English dop to dive + English chick


First Known Use: circa 1550

Beauty may be the real beast.

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth & magic.