Whats The Good Word?


Prompt: Dictionary, Shmictionary

Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect)

Confession time again, today!  I confessed just  yesterday I had never heard of Blood Moon till my son told me what it meant.

Well today’s prompt again takes me back to my kids… some of the words and expressions  they use so naturally, would often go right over my head unless I summoned the courage to ask them or surreptitiously look it up in the dictionary or The Miz Know-It-all Google Aunty ! For starters, for  a fairly long time, to me, LOL meant a word, not an acronym and was not very sure of the usage either. Same for ROFL, OMG, TGIF. Now I’m wiser. LOL !!

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Ready, Set, Blood Moon !


Prompt: 10 minutes. You and your keyboard (or smartphone. Or tablet. Or pen and paper). No pauses, no edits, no looking back: it’s free-write time!

This was the first time I had heard of it – a Blood Moon – a rare lunar eclipse that would turn the moon red. A rare event, it is even rarer in that we were witness to a Tetrad – a series of  4 Blood Moons through a 2 year period. To put in perspective, such an event has occurred only twice before in the past 500 years!! Awesome, or what?

I gained this knowledge form my son at the lunch table and was intrigues.  Though the part of the world we are in at present  ( Chennai in India) was not exactly among the favored sites to watch this phenomenon from, we decided to give it a try and found that Moon Rise was at 5.54pm, at Chennai. We traipsed off to the beach – The  Marina Beach –  to have a look-see. This was just a few minutes before the moon was to exit the darkest part of the  Earth’s shadow at 6.05 pm.

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