All posts tagged cromulent

I think I may have just made that up

Published September 23, 2018 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

I was talking to my Amanda Friend and Angry Old Guy, when I realized I may have made a word up that sounded  perfectly cromulent in context.

I was in mid-rant about the many, many things I am unprepared for that I have to face in the coming week, and I mentioned that I had enraged the Mom because I suggested that having a biopsy may be preferable to the conferences and in-services I have to attend this week.

I said, “I’m not being hyperbolic; I really feel that way.” By vocally providing punctuation, a correctly used semi-colon, I endorsed the usage of that word.

(BTW, the word does, indeed, exist. It is not, however, connected to linguistics; instead it pertains to mathematics. )

It’s amazing how a cleverly delivered phrase presented by someone who has a history of knowing what they are talking about can convince learned people that such a reality, etomologically speaking, exists.  (Boy, I just used a lot of big words. I am so SMRT.)

That was an awful long way to go to intro my current state of angst and panic (attorneys at law) It is my sincere belief that we as a people and community and republic, cluster, group, coven, family, tribe, club, etc are in a constant state of bewilderment because of the level and quality of input streaming into our collective consciousness.

This isn’t news or even a clever observation. It just is the way things are.

I have been reading some cleverly and thoughtfully worded essays on Medium.  Some of these essays are repostings by journalists and writers who have already published on other platforms.  (You should check out the sight, there are some cool things there.)

Most of what I have gleaned simply sharpens the fine point of what I am already thinking.

We are in trouble.

All of us.

No matter how you feel about immigration and politics, if you endorse mainstreaming the  traumatization of children you are part of the problem.  And the more you deny it, the bigger the problem grows.

People have stopped caring about each other.

I’m not sure why.  But we don’t have time to figure out the what and how.  We need to focus on the fix it now part.



Nargl is a perfectly cromulent word

Published August 2, 2013 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

I have been coining a lot of words that have the very satisfying combination of the “R” “G” and “N” sounds.  I think Nargl is actually a J.K Rowling word and cromulent is a Matt Groenig)

Actor Boy went back to NYC today. I have been a little off my game because a) I feel like I am on the verge of some ginormous breakdown, but frankly, it’s just too damn hot, and b) Actor Boy has been here and I’ve wanted to spend my productive and awake time with him.

Anyway, I’m more or less back into the word now.

I am continuing to apply to jobs, and am discovering that many of our school districts have diabolically difficult websites.  One in particular kept trying to turn my MA in Performing Arts into a Master’s Degree in Physics, and insisted that I didn’t have a Master’s Degree in Education; I was a certified Educational Aide.   I decided that since it is indeed too hot for an Ugly Public Meltdown, I will finish the online application at a later date.

This application required that I answer the question, “How would you inspire a passion for learning?”

Here’s my answer

Igniting a passion for learning is best accomplished by helping a student find the connection between their interests and skills and their future.  Many students feel that education simply fills the “Because”, as in “Things are this way because . . . .”  My goal is to help a student discover the “How” and the “Why”.  This creates intellectual curiosity which, in turn, will ignite the passion for learning.

Not bad for a Physicist who wants to aide in education.

BTW, there’s new content on my web page

Why I write


The Santos Family Chronicles

Both of these pieces will be featured in the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas