Word of the Day for December 09, 2013
The illusory consciousness that an event, now happening for the first time, has been experienced before; paramnesia.
a mass episode of Déjà vu
A philosophical or learned fool.
A morosoph is a learned fool. The jesters of old were morosophs, for example.
Michael Gartner, 'Oxymorons and Sophomores,' Spokane Chronicle, February 20, 1982
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'foolishly wise.'
We can see some root words in here ... can you
We stumbled across these words on theguardian.com:
The is book is full of secrets, some you may discover and others will remain a mystery. You are warned at the beginning not to read this book as it could be dangerous, but I read it anyway and loved it!
We truly hope that these loose lips have not sunk too many ships. For shame!
Agent IMR proposed this deal:
If we investigate this drawing of PB himself ... or of The Impostor?? One never knows ... Agent IMR said a bundle of chocolate would be coming our way.
Here's the drawing:
Investigation over. We love it! Tell no one!
We like it so much that Agent IMR didn't even need to send us that gif of chocolate - though we enjoyed watching it.
This Saturday, November 30th is Indies First Day!
What does that mean? It means that On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, one of the biggest sales days of the year for any retailer, hundreds of authors will work as volunteer booksellers at their local independent boksellers.
Including - THE IMPOSTOR! He'll be at Once Upon a Time Bookstore in Montrose at 2PM.
A full list of the authors participating can be found at the website Indie Bound, http://www.indiebound.org
Here are some of the people appearing at Once Upon a Time:
Last year, President Obama spent Small Business Saturday at a local independent bookstore in Virginia, and many local independent bookstores held special events that day. Who knows where Obama will be this time. To be honest - President Obama and the Impostor have never been seen together ...
We'd like to point you to an auction that the YALLFEST has helped put together to help out with the relief effort for those affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.
(The auction includes all five books - SIGNED! Though possibly not this bundle pack shown above.)
That scoundrel the Impostor has done it again. Now it seems he's comandeered the airwaves and will be beaming directly into your homes.
Catch him on local Charleston television this Friday!
HE MUST BE STOPPED!
Or at the very least monitored. Tune in and make sure he doesn't give away too many secrets!!
Click on the TV for more YALLFEST events!
We have some dismaying news to announce. The Impostor has a whole SLATE of events planned for the near to present future. We'll be posting about each one individually as more breaks, but this is what we've sussed out so far:
FRIDAY: It appears not even the airwaves are safe. Look for the Impostor on local Charleston TV.
Saturday: Three events!
* Middle Grade Story Ball
* Coffee Talk with Adam Gidwitz
* Writing For Kids - The Impostor will be moderating this middle grade panel.
DETAILS TO FOLLOW! ALERT YOUR FRIENDS!
This Book is Not Good for You is the third puzzle-filled book in The Secret Series, in which Cass and Max-Ernest, two brave 11-year olds, set out to fulfill some very perplexing—and dangerous—missions.
What’s the ‘secret’ this time? I’m not allowed to tell, but it has to do with the most delicious chocolate in the entire world. And it gets better from there. Once her suspicions are aroused, Cass discovers the dastardly Ms. Mauvais is masquerading as a nun—running an orphanage no less. The other members of the villainous gang, the Midnight Sun, are hiding out on a plantation in Africa.
Young readers familiar with the series will recognise the zany narrator, who regularly breaks away from the story to comment on the action (as well as many other things). This intrusive voice, far from being distracting, serves to heighten both the story’s drama and its sheer fun.
This was from WORD SEARCH with Adair Jones. No thanks, Adair! Everyone will read THIS BOOK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU because of this nice review.
Sid Perkins on huffingtonpost.com has shared a scientific oddity with us:
Scientists have found that trees growing over deeply buried deposits of gold ore sport leaves with higher-than-normal concentrations of the glittering element. The finding provides an inexpensive, excavation-free way to narrow the search for ore deposits.
Scientists have long had clues that trees and other vegetation pulled gold from the soil and transported it to their leaves, but the evidence wasn’t clear.
By growing seedlings in greenhouses insulated from airborne dust and watering them with gold-laced solutions, the researchers demonstrated that trees actually pick up the metal from soil and deposit it within their leaves. The scientists report their findings today in Nature Communications.
“The tree is a conveyor belt bringing gold to the surface,” he notes. Like other such elements in the earth, gold gets sucked up by the plant as it absorbs nutrients in the soil. Then, as a dissolved mineral, it gets transported throughout the tree, although the highest concentrations are typically found in leaves. “When you see the particles of gold inside the plants,” Stanley says, “all doubt goes away.”
Leaves with gold in them - so neat! I've heard that this is a delicacy for Japanese rabbits.
This mayday goes out to all of our Secret agents in the UK and Ireland.
It appears that for a limited time the UK & Ireland iBookstore is running a special half-term holiday promotion. The Name of This Book is Secret is featured and priced at £1.99.
WE MUST SUPRESS THIS INFORMATION!
Click here or the book cover to bombard their website with traffic and hopefully shut them down for good. It will also slow them down if people order books. Any little bit helps in this war against publicity that these low prices must be.
The Word of the Day for October 25 is:
prestidigitation \press-tuh-dij-uh-TAY-shun\ noun
: sleight of hand, legerdemain
Her career as a magician began with feats of prestidigitation and illusion performed for her high school's annual talent shows.
Did you know?
The secret to performing magic tricks is all in the hands—or at least, that's what is suggested by the etymologies of "prestidigitation" and its two synonyms "legerdemain" and "sleight of hand." The French word "preste" (from Italian "presto") means "quick" or "nimble," and the Latin word "digitus" means "finger." Put them together and—presto!—you've got "prestidigitation." Similarly, "legerdemain" was conjured up from the Middle French phrase "leger de main," which translates to "light of hand." The third term, "sleight of hand," involves the least etymological hocus-pocus; it simply joins "hand" with "sleight," meaning "dexterity."
The name of this deal is SECRET!
For a limited time the UK & Ireland iBookstore is running a special half-term holiday promotion. The Name of This Book is Secret is featured and priced at £1.99.
ATTN UK CHUMS - TELL NO ONE!!!
Agent JH sends in this:
For the sake of keeping this message secret, I have encoded it here:
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