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UNUSUAL WORDS, Part 1 by Kathy Wolfe This week’s Tidbits is for all the logomaniacs out there — all those people obsessed with fancy words! • There are fancy names for things we see every day; for example, that little metal band that encircles your pencil eraser is known as a ferrule. A harp is not only a musical instrument, but also the hoop on a lamp that holds the lampshade in place. • If your boss offers encomiums about you, consider yourself honored. Expressions of high praise have been sent your way! You certainly don’t want to hear that the boss is going to obviate your position — That means it’s going to be done away with. • Do you have something interesting that you collect? Phillumenists collect matchbook covers, while labeorphilists accumulate beer bottle labels. An entredentolignumologist’s hobby is collecting unique toothpicks. Are you a timbromaniac? That’s just a fancy name for an enthusiastic stamp collector. • If you’re feeling stressed, lalochezia is not the answer. That’s when you use profane or abusive language to alleviate your tension. • Those who are misocapnists should stay Turn the page for more!

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UNUSUAL WORDS (continued): away from those who are nepheligenous. The former hate the smell of tobacco smoke, while the latter produce clouds of the stuff. • It’s no compliment to be called a coof, dizzard, dunderhead or gump. These are synonyms for a complete numbskull. Likewise, snarge, yazzihamper, cullion and poltroon all refer to an utter jerk. • This election year we might see a lot of girouettism from politicians. This means they may change their position on issues in order to follow popular opinion. It’s interesting to note that the French word for weather vane is girouette, a device that features a little rooster that goes back and forth, depending on the way of the winds. Some politicians are experts in lolodacity, the practice of spitefully criticizing their opponent with true or untrue words, in other words, “hitting below the belt.” There very well may be some eccedentesiasts during the campaign, that is, those who fake a smile, especially on television. • Some of our body parts have pretty unusual names. For example, the groove on your upper lip under your nose is known as a columella nasi. That bony bump on the side of your ankle is called a malleolus, while the bony tip of your elbow is your olecranon. We’ve heard of a curlicue, but what’s a purlicue? That’s the little web of skin between your thumb and forefinger. And how about your armpit? It’s officially known as an oxter. Ladies often pluck their glabella, that little flat area between the eyebrows. • What do eggs, bacon, oatmeal and toast have in common? They’re all jentacular, that is, pertaining to breakfast. • Do you know the difference between innocuous and noxious? An item that is innocuous is not injurious to your health, while something that is noxious will cause harm. • The loqu- root of many words comes from the Latin for “to speak.” Those on the witness stand are supposed to be veriloquent, speaking nothing but the truth. The preacher in the pulpit is sanctiloquent, speaking of sacred things. A politician is often flexiloquent — evasive and vague. Do you jabber idiotically? You’re being stultiloquent! Likewise if you’re inianloquent, you’re speaking foolishly and saying silly things. And we all know people who are longiloquent, in other words, remarkably long-winded. • Listen carefully! The “achoo!” sound of your sneeze is formally known as sternutation. That funny noise you make when you swallow is a gwick. The sound that ketchup makes while flowing from the bottle is a glink. You can also

refer to that ketchup sound as a blodder. • You remember old what’s-his-name, don’t you? What is his name anyway? Sounds like you’re suffering from lethonomia, the propensity to forget names. • A marriage between a young woman and an older man is known as alphamegamia. If you and your spouse are about the same age, your union is isonogamic. • We’ve all suffered, at one time or another, from lethologica. That’s the inability to recollect the exact word for something. However, if you become obsessed with trying to remember that word, you have loganamnosis. • Being pancreatic has nothing to do with your pancreas. It means you consider yourself proficient in all types of sports. If this describes you, you’ve probably experienced nikhedonia, the delight received from envisioning your victory. • Heliolaters often estivate in order to apricate. Translation, please! Sun-worshipers frequently go away for the summer in order to do a lot of sunbathing. • Some folks are autotonsorialists, meaning they cut their own hair, while others go to the chirotonsor, another word for barber. Ever feel like just tearing your hair out? We all have on occasion, but those with a compulsion to do so suffer from trichotillomania. • Tasks that are sclerotic, recondite, scabrous, onerous, arduous or vicissitudinous are just plain difficult! • Planning an elephant ride in the future? Don’t forget your howdah, that little riding seat that fits on the back of a pachyderm. How about a ride in a montgolfier? That’s a fancy title for a hot air balloon. A balloon that uses both gas and hot air is called a rosiere. • If you’re wearing a pauldron, rondel, rerebrace, couter, tasset, vambrace, poleyn, greave, solleret, gauntlet, cuirie, mail gusset and ocularium sight, you’re outfitted in a suit of armor. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your pavise — your shield! • A vomitory sounds like a place you’d go if you were nauseated, but it’s actually a corridor in a large stadium leading to the grandstands. • A person who engages in abligurition is spending excessive amounts of money on food and drink. However, the one who skips out of the restaurant without paying his bill is swedging. • Mathematicians will know that a zenzizenzizenzic number is one that is raised to the eighth power. ***


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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Watchful Waiting for Prostate Cancer?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am an 80-year-old male whose annual physical exam was good. My wife and I have a good sex life. We’ve been married 61 years. However, my PSA rose to 5.7. My family doctor sent me to a urologist, who suggested a biopsy. The urologist said my prostate gland is normal for my age and had no hard spots or lumps. My dad died at 87 due, in part, to prostate cancer. A brother also had difficulties. I read that at my age, I should enjoy life without such procedures. Your opinion, please. -B.M. ANSWER: What to do when the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test is higher than normal is a controversial subject. Every year, about 192,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Close to 70 percent of those cancers are low-grade, meaning they don’t pose a serious threat to life. Such cancers, depending on the man’s age and his health, may not require any treatment other than scheduled monitoring. One of the ingredients that goes into the mix for making a decision for “active surveillance” is what’s seen on the biopsy. The pathologist examining the prostate tissue discovers if any cancer is present and assesses the cancer’s stage and its potential to be an aggressive cancer. If the cancer is in its early stages and if its appearance is one that’s not threatening, then the decision for treatment is something that can be discussed with the doctor. Quality of life is as important as extension of life. However, I believe you should have the biopsy. It has some rare complications, but it provides information not obtainable in any other

Tidbits® of the River Region way. You are a very young 80-year-old. You have no other health problems that might shorten your life. You have a family history of prostate cancer. If the biopsy shows a low-grade cancer, then talk to the doctor about your wishes. One of those wishes could be active surveillance. The booklet on the prostate gland discusses gland enlargement and cancer. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1001W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 52-year-old male in good health. I am not a drinker or a smoker. My problem is premature ejaculation. I am on no medicines. Are there any vitamins or supplements that would help me? -- Anon. ANSWER: This discussion should start with your family doctor. The doctor can, after talking with you, decide if the problem is physical or psychological. Both are possible causes. Anxiety, depression and prostate gland inflammation are examples of things that can lead to your problem. Sometimes simply starting and stopping and then restarting relations will solve the problem. A numbing agent like the combination of lidocaine and prilocaine cream might be helpful. A condom should be worn so that your partner isn’t affected by the cream. Fluoxetine, paroxetine and sertraline are medicines that have been successful for some men. Vitamins or supplements are not likely to help. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

Pets in Distress by Samantha Mazzotta DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Recently, my cat “Clark Gable” got very ill -- vomiting frequently and lethargic. I had no idea what was wrong, so I called my veterinarian. The vet’s assistant talked me through some important steps that I didn’t know and wouldn’t have been able to accomplish in my panicked state, such as looking at what C.G. was vomiting up and looking for possible sources of poisoning in my apartment. She advised me to bring him in immediately along with a sample of the vomit (gross, right?) and a couple of possible items he could have eaten. The vet was able to quickly treat C.G., who has made a complete recovery. But I’ve become much more aware that I need to learn when my cat is in distress and how to prevent him getting into dangerous things -- like the houseplant leaves he ingested. I hope you’ll remind readers to educate themselves as well. -- Clarence in Cincinnati DEAR CLARENCE: Your story is more common than

you’d think. Thanks for sharing it. If you have a pet, it’s very important to know that many household items can be dangerous if your pet ingests them. For example, many cats love to chew on the leaves of houseplants -- but many houseplants are extremely poisonous to cats, especially plants from the lily family. Other seemingly benign things, like chocolate and onions, can be harmful to pets, especially dogs. Even armed with the knowledge of what can harm your pet, accidents can happen. For example, a dog can break into the pantry and eat a giant bag of dog food. Make sure to display the phone number of your pet’s veterinarian and the nearest emergency pet hospital near the telephone or on the refrigerator where you can access it should your pet ever be injured, ill or in distress. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner. com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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1. When was the last time the Angels missed the playoffs two seasons in a row before 2010-11? 2. Three times in the 1970s a pitcher set a new record for most saves in the A.L. Name two of the three. 3. In 2010, Auburn’s Cam Newton became the third player in NCAA Division I-A history to have at least 20 rushing TDs and 20 passing TDs in a season. Who were the first two? 4. Amar’e Stoudemire send a New York Knicks record in 2010 by scoring 30 or more points in eight straight games. Whose mark did he top? 5. Mats Sundin is the Maple Leafs’ all-time leader in goals and points. Who holds Toronto’s career mark for assists? 6. Who was the all-time leading scorer in North American Soccer League history? 7. How many perfect games did PBA bowler Don Carter have in sanctioned play?

1. Is the book of Stephen in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. How many different books of the New Testament (KJV) are divided into two parts (books)? 2, 3, 4, 5 3. The book of Hebrews tells us to entertain strangers, as they may be “what”? Demons, Angels, Prophets, Reincarnated 4. From Genesis 17, what was the name of Abraham’s wife? Ruth, Anna, Abigail, Sarah 5. The Bible was written over a period of about how many years? 1,300; 1,600; 1,900; 2,200 5. From Mark 5, who said, “Who touched my clothes”? Jesus, John the Baptist, David, Solomon

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BIBLE TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1) Neither 2) 4 3) Angels 4) Sarah 5) 1,600 6) Jesus

1. It was 2000-01. 2. Minnesota’s Ron Perranoski (34 in 1970), Sparky Lyle of the New York Yankees (35 in ‘72), and Detroit’s John Hiller (38 in ‘73). 3. Florida’s Tim Tebow (2007) and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick (2010). 4. Willie Naulls had a seven-game stretch in 1962. 5. Borje Salming, with 620 assists. Sundin had 567. 6. Giorgio Chinaglia (242 goals in 254 regular-season and playoff matches). 7. Thirteen.


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