Gracious speech is like clover honey—good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body. ~ Proverbs 16:24 (MSG)
When I can’t sleep at night, I get up and read a couple of chapters of whatever book I’m enjoying. After that, I try to bore myself to sleep by doing a few word search puzzles.
This usually does the trick–until I come across words I don’t know. Here’s a list of them. Do you know their meaning?
- bismuth – a) gray and overcast; b) ; c) standing ovation; d) grandiose
- coeval – a) equally old; b) architectural detail; c) hut built over a mine shaft; d) wide and shallow
- drupe – a) ancient alphabet; b) to doubt; c) to hang on or over; d) any f with
- fipple – a) indecisive; b) block that forms a flue in wind instruments; c) type of dwarf tree; d) public disturbance
- jaggery – a) sharp protrusion; b) of a date c) unrestrained indulgence; d) latest Rolling Stones album title
- muntin – a) aged; b) flesh of a mature sheep used for food;) playfully mean or cruel; d) strip separating panes of glass in a sash
- nitid – a) idiot-like; b) handmade; c) bright and lustrous; d) infected by the egg of a louse or other parasitic insect
- piggin – a) small wooden pail; b) newborn pigs; c) type of fastener; d) type of English pudding
- rondelle – a) type of French cheese; b) vegan casserole; c) circular jewel; d) type of saw
- scow – a) look of disapproval; b) jurisdiction over a territory or over people; c) large flat-bottomed boat with broad square ends; d) fist fight
- twite – a) beyond a shadow of a doubt; b) c) stomach of a ruminant; d) to flutter about
- valgus – a) essential amino acid; b) earthly or mortal; c) not easily discerned; d) knock-kneed or bowlegged
People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring. ~ James 3:7-12 (NLT)
Here are the correct answers.
- b) Bismuth:
- a) Coeval:
- d) Drupe: a
- b) Fipple: a wooden block that forms a flue at the mouth end of certain musical instruments
- b) Jaggery:
- d) Muntin: a strip separating panes of glass in a sash
- c) Nitid: bright and lustrous
- a) Piggin: a small wooden pail with one stave extended upward as a handle
- c) Rondelle: a circular object; especially a circular jewel or jeweled ring
- c) Scow: a large flat-bottomed boat with broad square ends used chiefly for transporting bulk material (as ore, sand, or refuse)
- b) Twite:
- d) Valgus: an
Jumping for joy over your score?
10-12 May I call you in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep?
07-09 When you speak, do blank faces stare back at you?
04-06 My kind of person!
00-03 I don’t think you’re trying very hard.