Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Blogging with a flourish

To flourish is to grow vigourously, thrive, prosper or be successful. These grape hyacinths have really flourished since I first planted them.

Flourishing something is to brandish it or wave it vigourously, or to show it ostentaisiously. An elaborate expression, rhetorical embelishement or ornamentally curved handwriting could all be considered to add a flourish to your writing. (But not necessarily, especially those first two)

A fanfare played on brass is sometimes known as a flourish, as is an improvised addition at the end of a musical composition.

I hope you're well, in top form and a real flourisher!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Up with the larks

A lark is a small brown bird which sings as it flies. You have to look up to see them, but not neccesarily early in the morning.

Larking around is behaving in a playful or mischevious way. A lark can be something done for fun, but is often considered silly or a waste of time. As a lark, a former colleague made me this map.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Scarred for life

A scar is the mark left on our skin after a wound has healed, or on our mind after an unpleasant event. If I were to show you a photo of my operation scars* while the staples were still in, I reckon you'd be scarred (and maybe scared too)

A scar also the mark left on a plant stem after a leaf is removed. Plants can be scarred deliberately, by scratching them. When I was a kid, my dad scratched my and my brother's names on tiny marrows in letters so small we couldn't see them until the fruit swelled and the scars were clearly visible.

A scar is also a steep cliff or outcrop of rock. I think the word escarpment may be connected, but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure if this bit of rock is actually a scar**, but it's a nice picture isn't it?

*It was a long time ago, there's not much to see now.

** Geography was never my strong point.