I've been rushing around remembering my get-ready-for-school routine these days. And, it's been really nice to be back in a school full of kids. We are all settling nicely and finding our grooves.
This past week, I spent some time as a writing student with writing prompts from professor-poet, Dr. Sarah Donovan's Open Write at Ethical ELA. Saturday's guest writer, Gayle Sands, provided a prompt that encouraged poets to find an uncommon word from Merriam-Webster and use it as a prompt. Fun!
Gayle also provided a great word tool that I'm new to...but I love and hope to use with students next week:
The result of my learning was enthusiasm for new words and ideas for teaching and learning with students I'm now meeting. This is a win-win!
Definition: of or relating to pigeons
Pigeons get short-shrift in our stable of avian metaphors. We speak of someone with fine eyesight as eagle-eyed, and hawk lends itself to a variety of words (hawk-like, hawkish, etc.), but rarely do we compare anyone to the humble, intelligent pigeon. Truth be told, it is unlikely that you have a distinct need to use this word anytime soon, but if it happens we want you to be prepared.Besides the poor, who, to misquote a scriptural phrase, are always in evidence, and the scarlet fever epidemic, which, thank goodness, is abating, London at this writing has a congress of the National Society of French Professors, an exhibition of the National Peristeronic Society and a fog—a fog with a big F.
— The Boston Herald, 29 Jan. 1888
|Horydczak, Theodor, Approximately, photographer. Birds. Pigeons feeding on sidewalk. ca. 1920-ca. 1950. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2019683680/>.|
a nodding amble
quizzical sideways gambol
breadcrumb to breadcrumb
to any edible gift
(c) Linda Mitchell
Linda, I just recently learned about WordHippo, too. What a terrific site.ReplyDelete
And peristeronic is a new word for me. I never would have guessed its meaning, but your Definito definitely creates an image of a pigeon in my mind. Hope the new school year gets off to a terrific start for you!
Thank you for the new word! You're a month early with your Definito, but you've got my brain tumbling. Peristeronic is such a great word!!! I have a group of about six doves who've decided to live with us, and as they're just solidly colored pigeons I'm happy to have a new word to describe them.ReplyDelete
Linda, what a great challenge. I do love words and the thesaurus. You found a great word to write a definito poem. The info was interesting and thanks for Word Hippo. It will be very useful. Have a great day!ReplyDelete
I think our undervalued peristeronic feathered friends would get a rousingReplyDelete
wing-tickle from your upbeat pigeon poem–lovely, and great pic too, thanks Linda!
Peristeronic is a new word for me and your definito paints a great picture. Fantastic word choice throughout--love gambol and amble! So glad to hear you're settling into a groove and your year is off and running.ReplyDelete
So creative in your Definito! These odes to the peristeronic elevate them beyond the "sky rats" that annoy many of us!ReplyDelete
Oh I love diving into things like this! Fabulous poem.ReplyDelete
Love your peristeronic definito! Peristeronic is definitely a new word for me. Thank you for introducing me to WordHippo. What a great site!ReplyDelete
PERFECTION! You captured the essence of pigeons in just a few words. I'm going to take a look at WordHippo and see if it might replace RhymeZone for my every thesaurus/rhyming needs!ReplyDelete
I need to explore WordHippo more! Thanks for the reminder. And you capture pigeons wonderfully!ReplyDelete