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Son, I told you, sterile, fireproof, flotation devices, but did you listen?

pre•science | \ ˈpre-sh(ē-)ən(t)s

n. foreknowledge of events:
a : divine omniscience
b : human anticipation of the course of events : foresight

mael•strom māl-strəm

n. A powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius.

quisling kwĭz′lĭng

n. A traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country.

n. A traitor who collaborates with the enemy.

n. someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force

calamity [ kuh-lam-i-tee ]

noun, plural ca·lam·i·ties.

  1. : a disastrous event marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering
  2. : a state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or loss
  3. : grievous affliction; adversity

See: Donald Trump

Coffee or tea being served.
Photo by Esther Avdokhina.

gen•til•i•ty jĕn-tĭl′ĭ-tē

n. The quality of being well-mannered; refinement.
n. The condition of being born to the gentry.
n. Persons of high social standing considered as a group.

Given my current circumstances, I’ve begun to feel a bit like Count Rostov in A Gentleman in Moscow. That is to say, like “a former person.” I’m sure many people feel this way even when there isn’t a world-wide virus threatening.

Since I finished the novel last week I’ve been reflecting on how Rostov followed the behavioral rules of the gentry to maintain his sanity and steer his course through a social scene designed to trap him for any political missteps.

Rostov had the connections he made with guests of the Hotel Metropole. I have the internet.

I have had much less success at maintaining a gentlemanly standard than Rostov did.

Donald Trumps lips
This would look amazing on Mt. Rushmore, yeah?

orifice ȯr-ə-fəs

n. an opening (such as a vent, mouth, or hole) through which something may pass

Currently, in the Oval Office…

mal•fea•sance [măl-fē′zəns]

  1. n. Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.
  2. n. Evil-doing; the doing of that which ought not to be done; wrongful conduct, especially official misconduct; violation of a public trust or obligation; specifically, the doing of an act which is positively unlawful or wrongful, in contradistinction to misfeasance, or the doing of a lawful act in a wrongful manner. The term is often inappropriately used instead of misfeasance.
  3. n. The doing of an act which a person ought not to do; evil conduct; an illegal deed.

Chess board with one black piece.
Photo by Randy Fath.

he·gem·o·ny [ həˈjemənē, ˈhejəˌmōnē ]


  1. preponderant influence or authority over others.
  2. the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group

Overloaded hay truck
One does what one must.

exigency [ ek-si-juhn-see, ig-zijuhn- ]

noun, plural ex·i·gen·cies.

  1. exigent state or character; urgency.
  2. Usually exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.: the exigencies of city life.
  3. a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency: He promised help in any exigency.

Which for the longest time, I incorrectly pronounced ex·in·gen·cies.

puzzled dog
Photo by Jamie Street.

be•wil•dered bəˈwildərd 

adj. Greatly perplexed.

adj. Baffled, confused, mystified, at a loss or uncertain.

My favorite word.

Adirondacks - Algonquin Peak seen from the South Meadows Lake plain in North Elba
Adirondack Mountais
Algonquin Peak seen from the South Meadows Lake plain in North Elba.

orogeny ô-rŏj′ə-nē

n. The process of mountain formation, especially by a folding and faulting of the earth’s crust.

n. Same as orogenesis.

n. the process of mountain building by the upward folding of the Earth’s crust.