Word of the Day — Puce

I think I first payed attention to this word from Monsters, Inc. when Sully has to go find the files that Mike was supposed to file and he mentions the color puce.  Puce.  Such a fun word to say, but it brings to mind more puke than a good color.


noun \ˈpyüs\

Definition of PUCE

:  a dark red


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Puce (variant spellings: “puse”, “peuse” or “peuce”) is a dark red or purple brown color,[2] a brownish purple [3][4] or a dark reddish brown.

It’s actually not that pretty of a color and puke could be puce…..  I can see why the Origin of it is this

Origin of PUCE

French, literally, flea, from Old French pulce, from Latin pulic-, pulex — more at psylla

First Known Use: 1833
If you see fleas, they kind of have this color.  Especially when filled with blood.  Okay, so while it’s a fun word to say, I am grossing myself out.
Hi there, everyone at wordpress.  Am I getting you in the mood today?  Haha!  Below is the color. I’d say more mauve, but hey.
PuceHow to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #722F37
sRGBB  (rgb) (114, 47, 55)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 59, 52, 55)
HSV       (h, s, v) (353°, 59%, 45[1]%)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

So, while I’m not sure I would ever use puce, feel free to for yourselves.

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Word of the Day — Lavender

Lavendar flower

Lavendar flower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Apis mellifera & Lavandula angust...
Apis mellifera & Lavandula angustifolia in Belgium (Hamois). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A color, a plant, lavender is something that either makes you think of a sweet summertime floral scent, or a cool misty color. Known for a semi mourning color, because shades of purple and mauve have been traditional for half mourning, it also evokes the image of a little old lady. Or maybe it makes you think of twilight, not the book or film, but that time of night when the sun has set and the sky takes on shades of blue and purple. Lavender shadows on the snow. A field of lavender.


noun \ˈla-vən-dər\

: a plant with narrow leaves and small purple flowers that have a sweet smell

: the dried leaves and flowers of the lavender plant used to make clothes and fabrics smell pleasant

: a pale purple color

From my gushing, can you tell that I like the word lavender?  I do. I love the images it evokes.  I use it in poetry and descriptions abound with the word lavender.  The fact that it’s a color, a time of day, an herb, a scent, a feeling.  It’s such a useful word. And fun too. Maybe it helps that it’s Latin.

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Word of the Day — Aitch

Aitch.  Yes, surprisingly this is a word.  Though how you can say a sound is a word blows my mind.  Any guesses as to what aitch means?  No?  Don’t feel bad. I had to read the definition a couple times in the dictionary before it made any sense.  Guess the blonde hair was out in full force.


noun \ˈāch\

Definition of AITCH

:  the letter h
Yes, that is all it stands for.  The phonetic spelling of the letter H.  And today’s post is brought to you by the letter H.  Hat, hairy, and Hampshire.  Oh, pardon. In Hartford, Harriford, and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly happen…..
Unfortunately I’m not quite sure how I will ever use aitch in a sentence.  Maybe a poem… a la e.e. cummings.  Who knows.
So enjoy that bit of word trivia today.  Oh, and here is some other trivia…. hidden amongst this post.  This specific post is number 300!  Wow, I’ve written three hundred things? That is just not possible! Woo Hoo!
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Word of the Day –Nefarious

So first off, if you didn’t figure it out by the lack of word posts over the weekend, the Word of the Day feature is only a five day thing. I won’t be doing weekends just because WordPress is a quiet place for me on the weekend. So just Monday through Friday. Now onto the word.

Nefarious or not, I of course have to post a picture of 'Captain Hook'

Nefarious or not, I of course have to post a picture of ‘Captain Hook’

Nefarious. I think of that word and one person/character comes to mind.  Captain Hook.  I love nefarious. It’s a blast to say.

ne·far·i·ous     adjective \ni-ˈfer-ē-əs\

: evil or immoral

:  flagrantly wicked or impious :  evil

Ah, such a fun word to use for a villain.  And the only reason I choose Captain Hook is because of Once Upon a Time.  I’m sorry, but Captain Hook is a favorite villain of mine and nothing screams nefarious or dastardly (another fun word to use) like Colin O’donaghue’s Killian Jones/Captain Hook.  Maybe because I love the term ‘flagrantly wicked or impious’. Doesn’t that sound like Captain Hook?

Okay, so people, your challenge today….. Use nefarious, or dastardly, or both! in a story or in your daily vernacular.  I dare you. Come on, have a bit of some villain in you.

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Word of the Day — Whisper

WhisperOkay, so most of you are probably wondering why we are going with such a basic word.  Whisper.  The whisper of a kitten’s whiskers.  A whispering sigh.  “Why do you whisper green grass”, The Ink Spots.  A word that can hold so much in it’s meaning, yet it’s such a quiet word. It hardly says or does anything, but it means so very much.

whisper     verb \ˈhwis-pər, ˈwis-\

: to speak very softly or quietly

: to produce a quiet sound



: a very soft and quiet way of speaking

: a soft and quiet sound

: a very small amount of something

I think I use verb and noun equally.  I use this word all the time in poetry, especially if there is soft movement or a breeze.  It’s a delicate word that floats off your tongue and tastes like ice crystals.  Yes! Words have taste.

Want to see how much I use whisper?  Go to the main homepage of Kate’s Bookshelf and in the search box at the top, type in ‘whisper’.  You will see how much I love using that word.

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Word of the Day — Misanthropy

Ah, Sherlock Holmes.  One of the best places to hear cool words.  Especially the Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu  Sherlock redo, Elementary.  Gotta love a show where “John Joan” Watson is a gal who makes Sherlock think.

Okay, gushing aside, misanthropy was used in a recent episode and I love it.

misanthropy   [mis-an-thruh-pee, miz-]


hatred, dislike, or distrust of humankind.
Sherlock was saying it was easier when he believed in misanthropy because then he could distrust everyone.  It was brilliant, and I think I may have to use that word just for the heck of it.
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Word of the Day — Folium

Folium    (fō′lē-əm)

n. pl. fo·li·a (-lē-ə)

1. Geology A thin,  layer or stratum occurring especially in metamorphic rock.
2. Mathematics A plane cubic curve having a single loop, a node, and two ends asymptotic to the same line.
So, this is one of those words you won’t be using much but I found it by chance and I thought it funny that it came right after Foliolate, foliose and other -folio words, considering those last two have to deal with leaves and foliage.  However, Folium is a thin leaflike layer so, I guess it fits, it’s just odd.
The question is, how in the world would anyone but a geologist or mathematician ever use that word?  It is fun to say though.
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Word of the Day — Foehn

Yes, it is a word.  It’s in my Webster’s College Dictionary.

Mittagskogel and foehn clouds upon the Karawan...

foehn       noun \ˈfə(r)n, ˈfœn, ˈfān\

  1. a warm, dry wind blowing down into the valleys of a mountain esp. in the Alps

I found this word by chance, like I usually find fun words, but reading the dictionary. It was more “I was looking something up and got distracted by a word” kind of thing; a common practice. I want to use it in a poem or in a story. It’s such a fun word to say and spell because it’s not normal.  If you click the word above, it will take you to a Wikipedia article about what it really is, since the dictionary is lacking.  Here in the north, foehn winds are called a Chinook.  My mother, who grew up in eastern Washington always talks about Chinooks.  I think foehn is just as fun to say.

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New Feature – Word of the Day

I’m am starting a new feature on Kate’s Bookshelf —- Word of the Day.  Basically it is just words I find fun to say,  ones that have great meanings, obscure words, and something I have either read or heard used that I think should be used.  So, enjoy, and if you collect words like I do, then feel free to ‘steal’ these from me.  I gladly hand them to you.

Today’s word.

Brisk   :  adjective \ˈbrisk\


  1. quick in manner or movement
  2. cool, dry and bracing
  3. pungent, keen, sharp

So, not like the tea… but tea can be brisk.  It is that bite that some teas have.  Usually for me, a brisk tea means bring on the milk and sugar.

And as for weather… Today was definitely brisk. In Northern CA, and by that I mean far north, none of you namby pamby SanFran Bayers, it was a very brisk, windy day.  A severe bite in the air with a definite need for coats.  The sky is blue, the air is clear and I’m glad I’m indoors.

So…. There we have our first word of the day.

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