Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Vicissitude

Apple, anyone?

“…the Universe, presupposed  to limitation and thinking that the Universe remained in a state of stasis, Astronomers were astounded to discover, that inexplicably, with a smidgen of disbelief, space as we had known it to be, was in fact, in vicissitude…”

Phil’s head now lay in the lap of another Physics major behind him, his snore reverberating off the walls of the huge and completely packed lecture hall.  Silence reigned as Phil awoke with a small embarrassed giggle, wiping the drool from his cheek, “I’m in the wrong lecture hall.  So sorry…”
                                          
He ran through the doors, throwing his Advanced Physics textbook into the nearest garbage can.  Even though the book was worth $300 used, changing his major to Social Sciences seemed a better choice.

This is a day when I decided to move from the profound and/or amusing.  Picking up Webster’s New World Dictionary (garage sale, $1.00), I permitted the pages to fall as they may.  Vicissitude struck me as a good choice.)

164 words



26 comments:

  1. You are so clever with your stories. I had seen that word, vicissitude, before, but never bothered to learn its meaning. After reading this, I had to look it up.

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    1. I had seen it before, skimmed over it, until now.

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  2. Doesn't sound like a lecture I'd want to sit through either.
    That picture is wild. So many laptops...

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    1. I wonder if there are many textbooks used now. Oh well. Had to have one.

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  3. It looks like many a lecture hall of my college days, sans Apples. How crowded it becomes.

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    1. One lecture hall where I sat had a large oak table where the prof was supposed to use. I looked at that table and wanted to take a nap.

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  4. laptops a plenty there. I'd run for the door too

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    1. All those laptops--makes me wonder if they are taking notes, following along with the text, or what?

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  5. Random word choices are fun. Tossing a book worth three hundred dollars could be rethought though, I winced while reading. ;)

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    1. Maybe he is rich? Maybe freedom was more important? I don't know. Books were much cheaper when I was in University. $55 was a fortune then.

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    2. I remember the days when text wasn't changed from one year to the next so books could be handed down through the siblings. My daughter paid a couple of thousand for her daughter's Uni books, then had to pay a similar amount for the next child.

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  6. Its easy to spot the macbooks. Spoiled they are!

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    1. Ah, the good old days, when notebooks and theme books were written all over. I thought it was an advance when my son took a hand-held tape recorder to class, and listen to the lecture again as he drove home.

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  7. Funny. I once wrote a story around the word phantasmagoric. It became as short story that's thinking about being a novella.

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    1. I hope it morphs into a novella. Sounds like it would magical.

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  8. A physics class and the teacher was talking about something other than working a derivation on the board?

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    1. They were on the astronomy that week. Lots of solving for angular momentum, rate of spin for planet...that sort of stuff.

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  9. I remember learning vicissitude via a crossword puzzle. I used to do them during my lunch break in the shoe factory and always had a dictionary with me.
    It isn't a word you hear often, certainly not bandied about in day to day conversation.

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    1. Toss it in now and then. It basically means "change or act of changing or state of change".

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    2. i knew that, my dictionary also says, one of the ups and downs of life in its definition.

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  10. One of the books which belonged to my father which I treasure is a 'Dictionary of Difficult Words'. I don't make the clever use of it that you did with this though.

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    1. What a delightful book. Use it sometime?

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  11. Sounds like he made the right decision. Very creative word choice, and this photo says it all!

    Julie

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    1. voices reverberate in those giant halls, so a full-hearted yawn would bounce off the walls.
      Glad you enjoyed this odd word.

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  12. I have never heard this word and now that I have, I am not sure how to pronounce it. I have a feeling I will say it with a lisp.

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    1. It is a little like Mississippi, isn't is

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!