Archive for April 24th, 2012



Unique & Unusual – it drives me absolutely bonkers when people mix these two words up.  Something can be extremely unusual, or highly unusual, or mildly unusual. But something is either unique, or it is not. It is highly unusual for Chauceriangirl to misuse the unique word, unique.  (It’s actually unheard of, but we won’t go there.)

Ugli fruit. May be ugly, but it’s dang good!

Umbrellas. I used to have a love-hate relationship with umbrellas. I loved them until the strongTexaswinds blew them inside out. But then I got smart and purchased a huge golf umbrella. It has room enough for two, and in the, what, 6 or 7 years I’ve had it has never once blown inside out. Yay for golf umbrellas!

Uninterested & Disinterested. Another set of words that people frequently mix up. If you’re uninterested in something, that means you have no interest in it. If you are disinterested, it means you have no personal bias or interest in a matter. So you want a judge to be disinterested, but you definitely do NOT want him to be uninterested. Unless you’re the perp, I suppose, in which case having the judge (and jury) be uninterested could possibly work in your behalf. Of course, the attorneys aren’t going to let that happen.

Un-.  A very helpful little prefix that can take many words and turn them into their reverse. Not all words, though. I mean, one isn’t unhungry or unsleepy.  But one can be unlicked, or unliked (two very different things—if you’re suffering from the former, may I suggest Urban Decay flavoured body dust; whilst if you’re suffering from the latter, you need to learn that not everyone will like you, and you need to move on to the next person. And make sure you’re doing your best to be likable. I’d probably like you—I like most people I meet.)

Undulating. I like the way that word sounds.

Upside-down cake. Mmmmm.  You make it in a cast iron skillet, with pineapple rings and cherries on the bottom layer, nummy cake, and you bake it, and it smells so dang good, and then when it’s done you turn it upside down, remove the skillet, and eat a piece, while it’s still nice and hot, with either ice cream or whipped cream.

Tune in tomorrow for V—which I hope to be able to type up on my brand new laptop I haven’t bought yet but shall after work. ❤

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