Thursday, January 30, 2020

Vicissitude

Undergraduate students in the newly refurbished Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre
Cardiff University UK

“…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 arm of the chair next to him, that of a voluptuous female Physics major. His snore reverberated 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.

Vicissitude struck me as a good choice. I wanted to find a word of interest, combing through a dictionary, putting a finger on a word, which ended up being this word. Randomly choosing a word like this makes me happy.

Golly, writing is lots of fun.

Computer battle is over, I won. This computer is brand new and not all apps were set up.  But, oh boy, it knows who is boss.


37 comments:

  1. The Universe is change? That sounds about right!

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    1. Back in 1910, astronomers declared that the universe had reached its limit. in the Galaxy Way. 1920s were more than one galaxies. Knowledge kept expanding. Vicissitude. My husband told me this.

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  2. Three cheers for winning the computer battle. Yes, they are boss!

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  3. I'm glad you won the computer battle also. You were about to be in a state of vicissitude? Or the computer was? Definitely a new word to me. However I did pronounce it correctly according to Google, that is unusual for me (being from the south! LOL). I did enjoy the read, I love to write also but my limited vocabulary did not include vicissitude, but does now, maybe slightly! LOL
    Enjoyed the read, I always do.

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    1. I am always glad to see your name, Jack.

      This word was totally unknown to me, put the dictionary knew.

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  4. In the law, when lifetime monetary damages are awarded to a plaintiff, one of the deductions made from the total sum is for "the vicissitudes of life" -- to account for those misfortunes and downturns that might befall the person quite irrespective of his/her injury. If not accounted for, the theory goes, the plaintiff will be overcompensated because no one has a perfect life.

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  5. Hooray. Man over computer is a good thing.

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  6. vicissitude is such an excellent word.
    And hooray for winning that battle.

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  7. Beating the computer is a win. Sometimes the universe pushes us another way

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  8. At least Phil had a good nap. And you, for now, won the battle with the computer.

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  9. Using a variety of interesting words is both cool and satisfying.

    Congratulations on your victory over the computer.

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    1. I left no blood, altho my nerves were a tad shaken.

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  10. Glad to see you're up and running! On words, I remember at a very young age I wanted to do a new to me word every week. I think I stopped after getting, "coy", and "dour".

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    1. Prolly 'cause I couldn't use them at ten years old that well, at least without seeming more of a dork than I already was...

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    2. I was definitely seen as a dork nerd.

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  11. Ah, then that explains the computer issues. It always takes time to get things set up.

    Sounds like a more interesting physics class than my courses were. Mostly, the professors did derivations on the board (that we had to keep up with copying down).

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  12. I'm glad your computer battles are over. I remember the first time I heard "vicissitude", we were in a meeting at the factory with the new managers, one of whom was giving a long-winded speech that we could barely understand as his Scottish accent was very broad, but I heard the word and had no idea what it meant, so when we took a break I rushed to my work station and dragged out the dictionary I kept there for the crosswords I always did during lunch. I took it with me to the rest of the meeting in case he threw out any more words that I didn't know and I think I impressed him by doping that, but it didn't save any of our jobs. The factory closed within a few months.

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  13. Sometimes random words are best. Great idea. Glad your computer issues are over and the new one knows who is boss!

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    1. You betcha. I taught it a lesson or maybe it is the other way around.

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  14. ‘in vicissitude’ - I had to work that one out first. Lovely big word for ‘ups and downs’. I like big words.

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  15. I had to look up vicissitude.

    Voluptuous female physics major - now that's provocative!

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    1. It seemed to me that the image defined by 2 thoughts would be great.

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