Word of the Day: Oppugn | Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day : August 17, 2017



verb uh-PYOON


1 : to fight against

2 : to call in question

Did You Know?

Oppugn was first recorded in English in the 15th century. It came to Middle English from the Latin verb oppugnare, which in turn derived from the combination of ob-, meaning “against,” and pugnare, meaning “to fight.” Pugnare itself is descended from the same ancient word that gave Latin the word pugnus, meaning “fist.” It’s no surprise, then, that oppugn was adopted into English to refer to fighting against something or someone, either physically (as in “the dictatorship will oppugn all who oppose it”) or verbally (as in “oppugn an argument”). Other descendants of pugnare in English include the equally aggressive pugnaciousimpugnrepugnant, and the rare inexpugnable(“incapable of being subdued or overthrown”).


A Neurodivergent View of Netflix’s Atypical

Something I won’t be watching. Thanks for the heads up!

Neurodivergent Rebel

I did it! On a long car ride across Texas, David at the wheel, I managed to sit through the entire first, 38-minute episode, of Atypical, titled Antartica.

Let me start by saying that Atypical is a show about autism. It is not made to be a show for autistic people, despite autism being the main theme of the TV show.

Netflix’s new show Atypical has been creating quite a stir in the online autism community. The story is supposed to be told from an autistic person’s perspective, but many people are upset with the show’s apparent lack of neurodiverse representation both on and off screen.

Autistic advocates were most frustrated over the autistic main character, Sam. Many expressed wishes for autistic characters to be portrayed by autistic actors. As expected, Sam’s character is basically just a DSM checklist of every possible autistic stereotype imaginable.

In the first episode, I am already…

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Book Review – The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

The Apprentice (Rizzoli & Isles, #2)The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.25 stars (first time I’ve ever felt that a +.25 was in order).

#2 in the Rizzoli & Isles series.

I had been warned the books differ from the t.v. series, but it’s fun to hear the characters voices as the actors in the show, even if the details differ.

Usually I’m a stickler for movies/shows following the plot. I suppose I’ve given some (a lot) of latitude to this series because I was thoroughly addicted to the show before I even realized it was based on a book (or books, kind of). Loosely based. But that’s okay with me. More fun, just some differences to juggle…

Both the books and the television show are great, based on each of their own merits.

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Book review – All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

All the Crooked SaintsAll the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an advance reader copy provided by the publisher. Thank you very much to Scholastic Press for sending me this ARC and giving me a chance to review this book before it is released October 10, 2017.

5 stars.

This is a book written for, perhaps marketed to, Young Adults, age 13-18. I think an advanced younger reader would find it compelling and there is much here to delight adults.

I’ve been sitting on writing this review because I’m not sure the words I can find properly express my feelings about this book and I don’t want to be imprecise. On the other hand, I haven’t wanted to start anything new until I wrote about this, and that’s not fair to the next two ARC’s that have been sitting, waiting to be read and reviewed.

This is a magical book. The storytelling, the narrative, the characters, the situation, the fable, are all wonderful and unique to anything I’ve read. Usually, when I read a book I jot down a few notes, here I have more than three times what I would normally write.

Page 140: Excellent, intelligent writing, the kind I like to be in a quiet room with the ringer off. You can never tell which small detail (of which there are multitudes), may be important later in the book. The story, so far, is fantastical and charming. Each character or history, is examined for motive and possible intent, and in the next paragraph, the plot has moved on.

Page 180: This is that special kind of book I imagine going into my room and shutting the world out. Every phrase seems to carry meaning and needs to be considered amongst the whole. I am the type to carry a book with me at all times, unfortunately, this is not that kind of book for me: more often than not, I feel like I have to put the book away or I might miss something in the background noise. Because of this, it’s taken me much longer than it should to read and the periods I do can feel disjointed. I have a strong desire to reread this cover to cover once I’m done.

Quote from page 185: “By relegating the things we fear and don’t understand to religion, and the things we understand and control to science, we rob science of its artistry and religion of its mutability.”

Final thought: This book has something for everyone and is truly magical.

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