Oxford Dictionary Word of the Day – Eructation

Its Thursday so time again for the Oxford Dictionary word of the day. For those that missed last weeks post I am taking the Oxford Dictionary word of the day, explaining the meaning and where it comes from, and then using it in a sentence that is somehow related to a sci-fi / fantasy world. The rest is up to you guys, I want you to post your own sentences in the comments field below, the crazier the better. Today’s word of the day is:

Eructation

Noun

Definition:
A belch.

Origin:
Late Middle English: from Latin eructatio(n-), from the verb eructare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + ructare ‘belch’

My Sentence:
One of Kyle’s most impressive talents was the ability say the entire Flenovian alphabet in a single eructation.

Ok now it’s your turn, hopefully you can get an entire sentence out in a single eructation.

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Supanova Tomorrow!!!

Tomorrow Nicole, Alaisdair and I are going to Supanova, one of Australia’s biggest sci-fi / fantasy conventions.

There will be tonnes of big name actors, authors and artists from the sci-fi / fantasy genre there including Tom Felton, James Masters, Allison Goodman and Kevin J. Anderson.

Stay tuned for plenty of photos, stories, and hopefully interviews

Oxford Dictionary Word of the Day – Hellion

Its Thursday so time again for the Oxford Dictionary word of the day. For those that missed last weeks post I am taking the Oxford Dictionary word of the day, explaining the meaning and where it comes from, and then using it in a sentence that is somehow related to a sci-fi / fantasy world. The rest is up to you guys, I want you to post your own sentences in the comments field below, the crazier the better. Today’s word of the day is:

Hellion

Noun

Definition:
A rowdy or mischievous person, especially a child.

Origin:
Mid 19th century: perhaps from dialect hallion ‘a worthless fellow’, changed by association with hell

My Sentence:
“The time travelling hellion Kyle Kramer has again angered authorities, this time by travelling back to the First Supper and putting whoopee cushions on all of the chairs.”

Ok now it’s your turn. This one should be easy to make something good.

Oxford Dictionary Word of the Day – Philogynist

Its Thursday so time again for the Oxford Dictionary word of the day. For those that missed last weeks post I am taking the Oxford Dictionary word of the day, explaining the meaning and where it comes from, and then using it in a sentence that is somehow related to a sci-fi / fantasy world. The rest is up to you guys, I want you to post your own sentences in the comments field below, the crazier the better. Today’s word of the day is:

Philogynist

Noun

Definition:
A person who likes or admires women.

Derivatives:
Philogyny

Origin:
Mid 19th century: from philo- ‘loving’ + Greek gunē ‘woman’ + -ist

My Sentence:
Most people were disgusted by the green scales and gills of the Toxian at the bar but philogynist Jane Murphy could not stop staring, her mind occupied by what she would do to that woman once she got her home.

Ok now it’s your turn. I think this one might be a bit easier than last week.

Give Blood, Save Lives.

Last week our workplace held the first ever blood challenge, a competition between the Wedgetail operators and Wedgetail engineering and logistics support.

Click on the picture to see a video

The initiative, brain child of my workmate Sam Hayes, was a resounding success with seven new donors giving blood for the first time and another 30 people from our workplace also giving blood. To put that into perspective, the Red Cross Australia aim to get five new donors every seven days across the entire country, and our localised workplace managed to get seven new donors over the course of three days.

This was a great team building exercise, one that everyone can be proud of as every blood donation will save up to three lives. If you think this might be a good idea for your workplace, give the Red Cross a call (Australia: 13 14 95) and see if they can send the donor mobile out your way for a day or two. You can also visit their website at http://www.donateblood.com.au/

New X-Men Film is Definitely First Class

I like my lazy Sundays, a sleep-in followed by some PS3 (Lego Pirates of the Caribbean if you are interested), a quick tidy up of the house, and then out with Alaisdair and Tim for sushi, movies, and Max Brenner. The movie this Sunday was X-Men: First Class, a prequel to the X-Men trilogy set in 1960 before the establishment of the mutant academy starring James McAvoy as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (better known as Professor X and Magneto).

Let me start by saying that this movie really shows up all previous X-Men movies, making them look quite dated. It may be set in the 60’s but the special effects are simply amazing. It is all backed up by an excellent story that ties in well with the main series, the references to other movies are subtle, and the cameos are fun. But this not just a super hero story about saving the world, this is a film that blurs the lines on what ot means to be good, what it means to be evil, and what it means to be human.

The acting is top notch, James McAvoy delivers another solid performance but Michael Fassbender really steals the show here, showing just why he is fast become one of the most saught after talents. And of course there is January Jones…

January Jones is reason enough to go see X-Men: First Class

X-Men: first class has far surpassed my expectations for X-Men films. It has charm, it has flair, and it has a fantastic story filled with likeable characters. It’s going straight to the top of the list for best movies this year.

Oxford Dictionary Word of the Day – Controversy

This is a new weekly post that I am trying out. I am taking the Oxford Dictionary word of the day, explaining the meaning and where it comes from, and then using it in a sentence that is somehow related to a sci-fi / fantasy world. The rest is up to you guys, I want you to post your own sentences in the comments field below, the crazier the better. Today’s word of the day is:

Controversy

noun (plural controversies)

Definition:
Prolonged public disagreement or heated discussion.

the design of the building has caused controversy

the announcement ended a protracted controversy

Origin:
late Middle English: from Latin controversia, from controversus ‘turned against, disputed’, from contro- (variant of contra- ‘against’) + versus, past participle of vertere ‘to turn’

Usage:
There are two possible pronunciations of the word controversy: one puts the stress on the con- and the other puts it on the -trov-. The second pronunciation, though common, is still widely held to be incorrect in standard English

My Sentence:
A peaceful demonstration demanding equal rights for dolphins has ended in controversy after the lead demonstrator was caught eating a can of tuna.

Ok, now its your turn. For the person who writes the best sentence this week, I will spare one of their pets from the Zombie Apocalypse.