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Noun: Gourmand  (GOOR-mahnd) Definition: 1. One who is excessively fond of eating and drinking. 2. One who is heartily interested in good food and drink. Sample sentence: Uncle Gerald was a bit of a gourmand; he traveled far and wide to the finest restaurants and always remembered to bring his appetite.

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The greatest souls are awakened out of suffering. The most impressive personalities endure many scars.

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Adjective: Thrasonical  (thray-SAH-nih-kul) Definition: Bragging or boastful. Sample sentence: Thraso, a blustery old soldier in the comedy “Eunuchus,” lives on in thrasonical, a word that boasts a 450-year history as an English adjective.

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The moment you start to think you deserve better, you do.

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Noun: Acumen  (uh-KYOO-mun) Definition: Keenness and depth of perception, discernment, or discrimination, especially in practical matters. Sample sentence; Detective Morton possesses a superior acumen that enables him to solve the most bizarre and puzzling of mysteries.

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“Real” isn’t who’s with you at your celebration. “Real” is who is standing next to you at rock bottom.

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Adjective: Histrionic  (his-tree-AH-nik) Definition: 1. Deliberately affected: theatrical. 2. Of or relating to actors, acting, or the theater. Sample sentence: The candidate declared that he would not stoop to address his opponent’s histrionic and patently untrue accusations.

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If you can’t change your mind, then you’re not using it.

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Noun: Whammy  (WAM-ee) Definition: 1. A supernatural power bringing bad luck: a magic curse, spell, hex  or jinx. 2. A potent force or attack: specifically, a paralyzing  or lethal blow. Sample sentence: After making three errors in one inning, Mitch was convinced someone put a whammy on his glove.

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People grow when they are loved well. If you want to help others heal, love them without an agenda.

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