Archive | January 2013

word of the day: reticent

reticent

Word of the day: reticent

Say it: Ret -i- cent

Function: adjective

Definition:

1 : tending not to talk or give out information
2 : quiet in tone or appearance
3 RELUCTANT

synomyn: Silent, reluctant to speak, inward, closemouthed, secretive, uncommunicative

antomyn: open, communicative, talkative

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Mzansi spelling bee would like to thank all the children who challenged their creativity and made a submission to the the 2013 Mznasi Spelling word book competition.   Our team is impressed by the talent and sofisticated thinking of these designs.  thank you once more and watch the website to see which design will be chosen as the 2013 Mzansi spelling be design cover.

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word of the day: African countries

Bafana Bafana has moved beyond the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations.  This very unpatriotic supporter is surprised and having a slice of humble pie after a long period of begin unsupportive to the team.  This week lets do all things African as we pay homage to the African champions displaying their skill and talent with the beautiful game.  This week is dedicated to all things Africans and the beauty of her people.

Your challenge is to look up the capital cities of these countries.

 

word of the day: religions

Now that we all more or less agree that there is one God (in whatever form, shape, name, cover) and that God is loving we can study the religions of the world.   these are more religions that stated here but it is important that you try to know something about what other people believe.  We fear what we do not know so let us chase our fears away by learning about each other and the values we have.

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religions:

Christianity

Catholic

Anglican

Islam

Judaism

Hindu

Jainism

Rastafarian

Pentecostal

Zionism

Buddhism

Shinto

Scientology

Sikhism

Bahai

Zen

Protestant

Satanism

Voodoo

Wicca

Amish

Baptist

Hare Krishna

Confucianism

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word of the day: the different names for god

I like a comment by a friend of the bee yesterday who reminded us that no matter the faith or religion; no matter the differences - we all seem to agree that there is one creator of God.  This week I found words that describes gods or deities in a variety of forms and beliefs or mythology – today i thought i might look at the different names people use for God.

i know religion is a topic we all run from so i stand to be corrected if anything here in not correct and ask that it is all taken with a pinch of salt.

function: noun

different names of God

God

Father

Divinity

Allah

Almighty

Lord

Yahweh

Adonai

Jehovah

Creator

Elohim

Nkulunkulu (South African – Zulu, may not be English but good to know just the same)

Modimo (South African- Sesotho)

Love (that’s just my word for God.)

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give a word

It is that time of year again.  we are compiling the 2013 Mzansi spelling bee word book – this is the challenge book and i need some help.  can you give me suggestions of words – favoured words, long words, sad words, romantic words, lazy words, ugly words, somber words, sweet words, dirty words, street words, old words – whatever goes really.  who knows your word might be the one to win the bee.


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word of the day: Hindu deities


shiva_parvatikeeping the theme of gods and deities I turn to Hinduism today.  I know what I will offer is far from begin comprehensive and I beg that no one take offence of my ignorance.  Word are not just words for their own sake – sometimes maybe they can be – but it is important to use them to learn about the world around you.  Words can help you know the world in a whole new and bigger way.  have fun and discover more than i offer you.  

Hinduism has one God in the sense of a creator and hundreds of deities that represent different things and are called for different occasions

Function: noun

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Ganesha

Maya

Ram

Buddha

Kali

Shakti

Shiva

Vishnu

Kurma

Krishna

word of the day: Egyptian Gods

The Gods of Greece got me thinking about our own African mythology and belief systems and I wanted to know more about African gods or deities   Egypt seems a good place to start.  It is important to learn words beyond the obvious or usual vocabulary and it is fun to just learn about words, places and ideas you has never thought about.

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Amun King of the Gods
When Amun was combined with the sun god Ra he was even more powerful. He was then called Amun-Ra.
Head of a ram
Anubis God of Mummification (embalming and the dead).
His role was as the “guardian to necropolis”
Priests often wore a mask of Anubis during mummification ceremonies.
Head of a jackal
Bast (Bastet) Goddess of Protection and of household entertainment
Thought to be the daughter of the sun god Ra
Head of a cat
Geb Earth God
The ancient Egyptians believed that earthquakes were Geb’s laughter.
Head of a goose
Hathor Goddess of love and joy and also of music and dance . Head of a cow
Sekmet Goddess of war and battle Head of a lioness
Horus God of the sky
The Egyptians believed that the pharaoh was the ‘living Horus’.
Head of a falcon
Heket Goddess of childbirth Head of frog
Tefnut Goddess of of the rain Head of lioness
Thoth God of wisdom (writing and knowledge) Head of an ibis bird
Sobek God of Nile and swift action Head of a crocodile

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word of the day: Greek Gods

Last week’s combined forms words had me thinking about Greek words and the contribution that the Greek language has made to the English language.  I could not help then thinking about Greek mythology and Greek Gods.  what follows is a list of names of Greek gods – it may be fun to find what the stories behind these mythical figures.  There are some incredible stories to be discovered and a whole new world to learn about.

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function:  nouns

Greek Gods

Apollo

Hermes

Cronus

Psyche

Zeus

Hephaestus

Demeter

Gaea

Hestia

Eros

Dionsyus

Cronos

Poseidon

Asclepius

Aphorodite

Athena

Nike

Rhea

Hera

Neptune

Aegina

Asopus

Check out the link below for more on Greek mythology and the learn more about these Gods.

http://library.thinkquest.org/J002356F/godlibrary.htm

word of the day: Bibliophile

Word:BIBLIOPHILE

Say it: bib-lio-phile

Function: noun

Definition: someone who loves books

Etymology: From French bibliophile, from Ancient Greek (biblio-, “of or pertaining to books”) + (philos, “beloved”)

love words

this week’s words have been interesting compound words.  a lot of words are combinations of shorter ideas or words from Greek or Latin.  learning the short words like biblio, philos, bio, logos and many more will help you deal with longer words that may seem complicated on the face of things but once you know that the word means and its origin then you can break it up into the parts which together make up the word.