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Monday 30 June 2014

Y is for YEAST

YEAST makes bread rise, and beverages, such as wine and beer, ferment. From the Wikipedia:
The word "yeast" comes from Old English gist, gyst, and from the Indo-European root yes-, meaning "boil", "foam", or "bubble"'. Yeast microbes are probably one of the earliest domesticated organisms.
A friend of mine really likes the word YEASTY, meaning "marked by change; full of vitality."

It occurred to me that YOU, people of ABC Wednesday, are the YEAST of this project. YOU make it rise like a loaf of bread. YOU give it that YUMMINESS like a glass of wine.

Because YOU say YES to participating, YES to visiting others. Some of YOU say YES to writing these pithy intros or designing logos.

YOU make ABC Wednesday YEASTY. Thank YOU.

(Picture from HERE)


Monday 23 June 2014

Introduction of X !

A real Dutch X

resting position

Those among you who regularly play scrabble, know how difficult it is to use the letter X, especially if you want to use it initially. Here are a few words beginning with X. I have to look up the translation of most of them. I think I shall look up just one and try to write about it in my post and leave the rest to you! ;)

x out, xanthophyll, xanthous, xanthoxylon, xanthus, xenomania, xenophobia, xerography, xerophagy, xiphias, xiphoid, Xmas, xylem, xylograph, xylolith, xylonite, xylophagous, xylophone, xylophonist, xyster, xyst(us).The choice is yours!!

xxxx !

 I am going to talk about Xiphias, as my previous post was about the whale.

Don't forget to link to ABC Wednesday and to mention the creator of this meme, Denise Nesbitt! 

See you!

Wil, ABCW Team


Monday 16 June 2014

Introducing W

When I was a child I was always teased because of my name : Wil(helmina) Wouters.Often I was asked, when I said my name, : "Wie weet waar Willy Wouters woont?", meaning

                                                   Who knows where Willy Wouters lives?.

Well that was not funny, but   ...thinking of it, I must admit, that it was actually not bad at all.

I mean it was like introducing a letter that doesn't exist in many languages and hasn't got a proper name: in English it is double u(uu) , in French it is double v(vv), in Spanish also, and in Italian probably the same, in the Scandinavian languages it is the initial letter of loanwords or.. doesn't appear at all in the dictionaries. In my language and in German it is a proper and independant letter and pronounced as W. So here I am trying to introduce this weird letter


Windmills  in a wet country

I live in a very wet country, where the wind is strong, therefore we have windmills and sailing boats.



There is a lot of water and if we are fortunate enough, it freezes in winter so that the skating fans can go out on the frozen waters of the waterways.



 Worse luck! Guess what! We have no real winters any more, even if we are ready for it with warm woollen wrappings and hot wine.

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with W.


Monday 9 June 2014

V is for.......

My favourite vegetables.........sprouts, cabbage, onions, peppers, potatoes, peas, carrots to name but a few!

Disliked....broccoli, broad beans, asparagus.

As a child there were vegetables I hated - yet now I love them! A simple question - what are your favourite vegetables and which remain disliked?

Monday 2 June 2014

U is for Untied, and United

Ever notice that UNTIED and UNITED have the same letters, but their meanings are pretty much the opposite?

UNTIED is like my shoelaces, too often, ready for someone to step on them and cause me to fall.
UNITED suggests things working together, for a common goal.

UNTIED means, literally, at loose ends.
UNITED is strong; you might be able to break one stick, but bundled together, they are nearly UNBREAKABLE.

UNTIED suggests a rootlessness.
UNITED suggests connection.

And UNITED is what this team of participants and visitors have become, lo these seven years. This is an exercise where doing it alone is UNSUSTAINABLE, but working together creates mutual UNDERSTANDING, which is what we need more of in this UNIVERSE.