adjusting to what life has sent my way, while rediscovering who i am

Word of the Day – Frustration


Just spent the last hour or so pouring my heart into a post about my divorce and who I am and what I’m trying to be, and lost it.  No, I’m not that technically inept, but it did happen.  It will take some time to get it written again.  Ugh!!  Guess this blog thing is a learning process.  Looking at the positive side, it did give me a word for the day.  No, it’s not necessarily a new word to anybody, and it may not even be new to my kindergarten students.  It will be a good conversation to have with them, however, as they learn about themselves and discuss what makes them frustrated.

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Word of the Day – Clowder

I was watching an old episode of The Big Bang Theory today and learned from Sheldon that a group of cats is called a CLOWDER or a GLARING.  My curiosity took me to the internet and I found the following article.  Not only did I learn about the term clowder, but a variety of other terms as well.    As a kindergarten teacher, this year I am going to teach my students a new word each day to help increase their vocabulary.  Clowder will be one of those words.
The Big Bang Theory — “The Zazzy Solution” (original air date 10/07/10)
A Group of Cats is Called a ‘Clowder’Daven Hiskey July 18, 2011


Today I found out that the correct term for referring to a group of cats is ‘clowder’.  Interestingly, there are also two other valid ways to refer to a group of cats, other than just saying “group of cats” or “cats”.  Those other two terms are ‘clutter’ and ‘glaring’.

In addition to this, if one wants to refer to a group of wild cats, the correct terms are ‘dowt’ and ‘destruction’.   A male cat, when neutered, is called a “gib”, when not, is called a “tom”.  Female cats are known as “molly”.

The word “cat” itself derives from the Old English “catt”.  Catt has its source in the Late Latin “catus”, meaning: “domestic cat”.  This Late Latin word probably derives from an Afro-Asiatic word: “kaddîska”, meaning “wild cat”.


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