Another month, another Book Tag. I initially found this one at My Paper Infinity, and through some searching, traced it to Nerdy Talks Book Blog and then finally to its originator, booktuber Marie Berg (it was also done by Rincey Reads). This Tag is inspired by the By The Book column in The New York Times, and each blogger has a slightly different version of this Book Tag, so my version will also be slightly varied. I recommend checking out those blogs, posts, YouTube channels, and column (before or after you read my answers below). Here we go.
Good morning, and happy Tuesday. I took yesterday off to enjoy some sun, food, and company lakeside, so I’ll be including yesterday’s word here as well. I will let Wordsmith explain the theme for this week:
Vincent A. Musetto, the editor who wrote the timeless headline “Headless Body in Topless Bar”, died earlier this month (NY Times).
Countless editors toil in obscurity in newsrooms around the world every day. Even though they do an invaluable job, it’s rare that newspeople themselves become news. Musetto’s headline generated numerous stories in the press, so it’s not surprising that his passing has resulted in many obituaries. May he rest in peace. He was no ordinary man — here’s hoping someone remembered to retrieve his brain to identify its genius (just like Einstein’s).
In Musetto’s honor we’ll feature five words that are coined after body parts, starting with today’s word that has its origin in the head.
Enjoy your week, and enjoy these words.
verb transitive: to call in question; to contradict; to dispute
From Latin oppugnare (to fight or oppose), from ob- (against) + pugnare (to fight), from pugnus (fist). Earliest documented use: 1435
Usage (from Wordsmith)
“President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono last week put the blame on the media, accusing media organizations of destroying the party’s image. Furthermore, he oppugned press credibility.”
Donny Syofyan; Blame Game and Political Suicide of Indonesian Elites; The Jakarta Post (Indonesia); Jul 25, 2011
adjective: 1. resembling a precipice, a cliff with a nearly vertical overhanging face.
2. extremely steep
3. abrupt, rapid, or hasty (applied to a worsening situation)
From obsolete French précipiteux, from Latin praecipitare (to cast down headlong), from prae- (before) + caput (head). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kaput- (head), also the origin of head, captain, chef, chapter, cadet, cattle, chattel, achieve, biceps, mischief, occiput, recapitulate, and capitation. Earliest documented use: 1646
Usage (from Wordsmith)
“I’ve always had a weakness for lost causes and for writers who achieved some acclaim and then experienced a precipitous fall from grace.”
Guy Vanderhaeghe; I Wanted to Return to the Darting, Glimmering Light of Short Fiction; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); May 2, 2015.
Sleeplessness. Only sleeping a few hours, not due to lack of exhaustion, but perhaps an overwhelming amount. That’s what causes sleeplessness. Worrying so much that it keeps you awake, and even after you are physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted from worrying you cannot fall asleep.
Misunderstood. Expressionless. Cover-up.
You think it’s dramatic that that girl would rather fail the oral presentation and run out of the room crying than just “suck it up” and do it? That’s why she won’t tell you what’s wrong – because you believe it’s something that can be explained, overruled, overridden, and forgotten, and she’s just being silly. Well that reaction you call silly is killing her from the inside. No, I’m not being dramatic. This is exactly what that reaction is doing:
Making her dizzy. You know when you spin around too much and you see those black dots? Well, everything within her is spinning so much all she can see are those black dots.
Causing her to feel lightheaded. She needs to sit down before she passes out.
Creating a nauseous feeling that is only worsened by the above two.
Draining her confidence. Well, any that she had to begin with. Why go through with this when this is the reaction of her body? She’ll never be good enough.
Oh, and embarrassing her. She can deal with it better when it happens in her apartment, or when she’s alone. But in a room full of people, in a crowd, or in a public place, this reaction escalates because she knows people like you are watching, wondering why she’s being so dramatic.
Why won’t it stop? When will it be over? Believing in herself is easy, she is a strong believer in herself. But in those moments her mind has other plans – she can’t do it. She shouldn’t do it. She won’t do it.
And even at times when the obligation’s strength outweighs the anxiety’s, she still feels worthless afterwards. Because it’s likely to happen again, and once is enough to make her say “once is enough,” and quit.
Quit until that reaction lessens, until it ceases to exist. But if it already rules so much of her, how many times must she give up, so this gnawing, life-sucking reaction doesn’t exist? What if it’s already gnawed away too much, so if she continues to unravel and continues to quit, she herself will not exist?