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mass noun
Objects and material from everyday life used as teaching aids.

1950s: from late Latin, neuter plural (used as a noun) of realis ‘relating to things’ (see real).

I'm trying to teach my cat how to use the computer. We use a laptop as realia. She seems to give knowing looks.


1 A danger or risk.
1.1 A potential source of danger.
1.2 A permanent feature of a golf course which presents an obstruction to playing a shot, such as a bunker or stream.
[with object]
Say (something) in a tentative way.

from Arabic az-zahr ‘chance, luck’, from Persian zār ‘dice’.


(I don't know about you, but I would consider the crocodile a bigger hazard to my round of golf than the official water hazard itself.)


Thank you for making a connection.

I'm beginning to read your "Dreammakers" comic and am enjoying it.

Thank you for sharing.

If you find that my toots begin to feel more like clutter than value, drop me. It's your home timeline, after all.


1 (of a part or feature of something) able to be omitted or passed over so as to get to the next part or feature.
1.1 (of an activity, event, etc.) not worth doing or attending.


Take the day off. This WotD entry is skippable. Yes, that means you don't have to do anything with it.

(Of course, it did not mean I could skip it!)


LibrePlanet typically has lightning talks which don't require a full scheduled session.


I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Back when I was teaching, I often asked what kind of computer my colleagues had at home. Some said things like, "Viewsonic", referring to the monitor's label.

They didn't recognize what the computer was. These were smart people.


The members of a household.

Middle English: from Old French menage, from mainer ‘to stay’, influenced by Old French mesnie ‘household’, both ultimately based on Latin manere ‘remain’.


The family was large and multi-generational. Because grandma was from France, Bobby called them the ménage à treize. He didn't count the dogs or cats, goats or horses.

maple tree is bare
it took a while to get there
final rake today

Monday Edition
(Yes, Sunday slipped right on by.)


attributive - Having a cheap superficial attractiveness designed to encourage quick sales.


Clive decided to publish his catchpenny rag in spite of outrage from the royal family.

Sunday Sillies -Wicked Wonderful Wordies -

Idioms or common phrases (American/English) are represented by the position, shape or arrangement of words in or around a square.

Can you figure out this week's wordie? It would be wicked wonderful if you can.

Please use CW/DM to submit your answers, thanks. Give everybody the chance to guess.

Hint: not typical


Biology Geology
Folded, crumpled, or corrugated.

Mid 18th century: from Latin plicatus ‘folded’, past participle of plicare.


One tectonic plate placates another, the pushy one, by making plicate mountains. (Fortunately the pattern is open stock, so the world can absorb the damage.)


Were we connected when I was on the .cloud instance?


A Celtic symbol consisting of three legs or lines radiating from a centre.

Mid 19th century: from tri- ‘three’ + Greek skelos ‘leg’.


Troy tried his hand at triskelion design. He tried three times, times three.

My new 11" Pinebook came with very up-to-date release of Neon from KDE and works very quickly.

It will go with me to meetings, for sure.

Thank you for following.

I do not speak Japanese.

Drop me if you need to.


1 Arranged alphabetically.
2 Rudimentary; elementary.

Early 17th century (as noun, in the sense ‘a person who is learning the alphabet or is engaged in elementary education’): from late Latin abecedarius ‘alphabetical’ (from the names of the letters a, b, c, d) + -an.


"It's abecedarian, my dear Watson!" [Sentences not uttered by Sherlock Holmes]

In the home delivery furnace filter ad, the homeowner replaces a filter about three feet tall after receiving a box under two feet tall... this proof of magic?

Civil Action

As he returns his cart at the market, after loading groceries into the car, he occasionally sees another cart left in an empty parking slot. It is sometimes tough to understand why it was left there.

It is his small rebellion to take the second cart back with his own.


Thank you for connecting.

I see your account is new.

Just what is it you are "working here"?


A dispute or argument, typically one that is long and complicated.
1 no object Have a long, complicated dispute or argument.
2 North American with object Round up, herd, or take charge of (livestock)

Late Middle English: compare with Low German wrangeln, frequentative of wrangen ‘to struggle’; related to wring.


You may have heard that cowboys wrangle a herd of cows or a remuda of horses. Nobody has success with cat wrangling!

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