Word of the Week


Adverb:  with great care and perseverance e.g. 'leaders worked assiduously to come up with an acceptable plan.'


Adjective:  insincere; pretending you know less about something than you actually do; giving a false appearance of frankness e.g. 'It was disingenuous of her to claim that she had no financial interest in the case.'


Adjective: fearless, adventurous, undaunted e.g.'The intrepid young boy walked through the dark forest alone to get medical aid for his father.'


Adjective: harmless, inoffensive e.g. 'Although Sarah meant her joke to be innocuous, people around her took it to heart'


Adjective:  vague, ill - defined, hazy e.g.'Beauty is a nebulous term until it is defined by the beholder.' Also, 'Her answer to the question was nebulous.'


Adjective: tending to talk a lot, talkative e.g. ' Recognizing the fact that she had the habit of being loquacious, Amy stayed quiet during the meeting'


Noun: Public shame or disgrace.  Adjective: Ignominous = humiliating e.g.'Ireland's dream of playing in the World Cup 2018 came to an ignominous end last week with their defeat  by Denmark'.


Noun: The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way e.g. 'a fortunate stroke of serendipity'


Verb: to make certain of... e.g. 'The authorities were unable to ascertain the motive for his crime.'


Noun: A lover of words


Adjective: Wicked or criminal, usually referring to an action or activity e.g. ‘The nefarious attack in Las Vegas is tragic and shocking’


Adjective: Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation e.g. 'Despite the fact that the soldiers had been away at war for eight months they were still sanguine about  seeing  their families soon'.


Noun: A remark or statement especially with a moral content that has been used too often to be interesting, true or thoughtful e.g. (1) 'Jack promised nothing, having too much respect for Michael to offer platitudes'. (2)'The mayor responded to questions with the usual platitudes'.


Noun:  a phrase that has a meaning of its own that cannot be understood from the meaning of the individual words e.g.  'over the moon';  'see the light'; 'by the skin of your teeth'


Noun:  a short popular saying that gives advice about how people should behave or that expresses a belief that is generally thought to be true e.g.  'Don't cry over spilled milk.' and 'A stitch in time saves nine.'


Noun: self-confidence or assurance especially when in a demanding situation e.g. 'She handled the awkward meeting with great aplomb.'


Adjective:  (1)  relating to earthquakes or other vibrations of earth and its crust e.g. 'Seismic waves caused by earthquakes created  a tsunami  on the island shore' 
(2)  of enormous proportions or effect e.g. 'When she heard the news about what happened there was a seismic shift in her attitude'


Noun: a long-standing rival, an arch enemy; the inescapable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall e.g. ‘Will Harry Potter finally defeat his nemesis Voldemort’? ‘My nemesis was determined to ruin my changes of promotion


Adjective: behaving or looking as though one thinks one  is superiour to others e.g. ‘You look down on people with your supercilious attitude’


Noun: (1)  a willingness to take bold risks e.g. ‘He was taken aback at the sheer audacity of the plan’. 2) Rude or disrespectful behaviour e.g. ‘She had the audacity to suggest that he was lying’   Audacious: adjective


Noun: conforming to facts, accuracy, e.g. ‘officials expressed doubts concerning the veracity of the story’


Adjective: not claiming attention for oneself, retiring and modest e.g. 'The captain was typically self-effacing when questioned about the team’s success giving credit to the other players.’ 


Verb:  to disconcert, confuse, disturb

Adjective: disconcerted, confused, disturbed e.g. ‘ The speaker was completely discombobulated by the hecklers’


Adjective: having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way e.g.‘The pernicious effects of poverty’


Adjective: (1) based on random choice or personal whim rather than any reason, plan or system e.g. 'He played a few arbitrary notes on the piano to check it out' (2) Using unlimited personal power without considering other people's wishes e.g. 'an arbitrary ruler' 


Adjective:  false or fake, not being what it purports to be.


Adjective:  having a clear and decisive relevance to the matter in hand.


Adjective: never relaxing or slackening; incessant; never stopping.


Noun: conformity to facts, accuracy e.g.'Officials expressed doubts concerning the veracity of the story'


Adjective: (1) Sparkling or shining brightly, e.g. 'the scintillating sun'; (2) Brilliantly and excitingly clever or skilful, e.g. 'The audience loved his scintillating wit'


Noun: an appearance or manifestation of a divine being;  a moment of sudden and great revelation or realisation


Verb: to long, aim or seek ambitiously, especially for something great or of high value e.g. ' to aspire to be the best you can possibly be'


Verb and Noun:  to express severe disapproval of someone or something especially in a formal  statement.   An adverse judgement, a reprimand


Adjective: intended to  pacify or likely to pacify e.g. ‘a conciliatory approach’


Noun: A monster or evil spirit in Arabic mythology associated with graveyards and consuming human flesh.

Adjective: Ghoulish (1) resembling or characteristic of a ghoul e.g. 'a ghoulish mask' (2) morbidly interested in death or disaster  e.g. 'she told the story with ghoulish relish'


Verb: to prevent someone from accomplishing something


Adjective: treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour; flippant


Noun:  a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society. 'Elitist' (adjective) considered superior by others or themselves.


Adjective: Of the weather i.e. unpleasantly cold or wet 


Adjective: Very plentiful, abundant e.g. ‘profuse apologies’


Adjective: Showing a great deal of variety, differing from one another.  


Noun: The state of being diverse.


Adjective: inborn, natural, existing naturally or by heredity rather than being learned through experience/ existing as part of the basic nature of something e.g. 'She has an innate sense of rhythm' / 'her innate capacity for organisation’ 


Noun:  A feeling of fear or anxiety about something that may happen


Noun and Adjecive: An extremely great number of people or things, innumerable
Noun: e.g.  'a myriad of ideas', 'a myriad of choices'   Adjective: e.g. 'our myriad problems'


Adjective: Showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.


Adjective: Preventing  success or development; unfavourable or harmful e.g. 'adverse weather conditions'


Noun: 'Having or showing a wish to do evil to others, evil, malicious.'


Noun: 'The authority to carry out a policy, regarded as given by the electorate to a party or candidate that wins an election. ‘He called an election to seek a mandate for his policies’ ‘An official order or commission to do something’ e.g. 'He was given a mandate to seek the release of political prisioners’


Adjective: Harmless, inoffensive, innocent e.g. 'It was an innocuous question’

Verb: To contribute extra features to someone or something in such a way as to improve or emphasize their qualities, e.g. 'The sauce complements the dessert beautifully'.

Noun:  A number or quantity of something, especially that required to make a group complete, e.g. 'At the moment we have the full complement of staff'.

Adjective: Being widespread, very common, a lot of something.

Noun:  The quality of being widespread

Adjective: Fond of company, sociable

Verb: (1) To formally forbid something by law, rule or other authority. (2) To formally forbid someone from doing something (3) To make something impossible, prevent

Verb: To put someone or something into a situation in which there is a danger of loss, harm or failure.

Verb: To succeed in remembering something

Noun: (1) A memory of something e.g. "a recollection of past holidays" and (2) The act or power of recollecting e.g. "He is not, to my recollection, a very good musician"

Verb: To change level, strength or value frequently.

Noun: The area near or surrounding a particular place.

Verb: Acting in a stealthy, secretive way because the action would not be approved of.

Verb: Make someone feel isolated or estranged 

Noun: A supposition or proposed explantion made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.

Noun: An agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting, a truce.

Adjective: Not friendly or forthcoming; cool and distant 

Noun: A temporary alliance for combined action, especially of political parties forming a government.

Adjective: Having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently.  Verb: to pronounce something clearly and distinctly.

Adjective: No longer produced or used. Out of date.

Noun: The capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of someone or something.

Inspiring Quotations from our Weekly Bulletins
  • I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on.  Life was meant to be lived -  Eleanor Roosevelt

  • A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship. - Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

  • Men and boughs break; Praise life while you walk and wake.  It is only Lent - David Campbell (Australian Poet 1915-1979)

  • This is just an ordinary day. Wipe the insecurities away. I can see that the darkness will erode. Looking out the corner of my eye. I can see that the sunshine will explode. Far across the desert in the sky.  - Dolores O’Riordan, Ordinary Day

  • A happy New Year! Grant that I may bring no tear to any eye when this New Year in time shall end. Let it be said I've played the friend. Have lived and loved and labored here and made of it a happy year. - Edgar Guest

  • January, the first month of the year. A perfect time to start all over again. Changing energies and deserting old moods. New beginnings, new attitudes.
     - Charmaine J Forde.

  • Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern. Mother Teresa, Love: A Fruit Always in Season
  • I saw the lovely arch  of rainbow span the sky, the gold sun burning, as the rain swept by. -   Elizabeth Coatsworth, November
  • Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
  • Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. - Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • When I got my library card, that was when my life began. - Rita Mae Brown  (an American writer, activist, and feminist)
  • The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page -  Saint Augustine
  • The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.Vince Lombardi  (an American football player, coach, and executive in the National Football League during the 1960s)
  • There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour. - Charles Dickens
  • Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun. -  Kahlil Gibran

  • In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It's their normal life. But in other part of the world, we are starving for education... it's like a precious gift. It's like a diamond. - Malala Yousafzai

  • The air is like a butterfly with frail blue wings.  The happy earth looks at the sky and sings.-  Joyce Kilmer, Spring

  • The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.      - Marcus Aurelius

  • Three daily reminders: Have the courage to say no.  Have the courage to face the truth.  Have the courage to do the right thing because it is right.  - Mark Twain

  • Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. - Martin Luther 

  • Look up at the stars and not down at your feet.  Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. - Stephen Hawking

  • The longest way must have its close - the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning. - Harriet Beecher Stowe, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'

  • Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it. - André Gide

  • Life is mostly froth and bubble, two things stand like stone: kindness in another’s trouble, courage in your own. - Oliver Goldsmith

  • It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade. - Charles Dickens – Great Expectations

  • If you only have one smile in you give it to the people you love. - Maya Angelou

  • Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance. - Yoko Ono

  • The sun just touched the morning; The morning, happy thing, Supposed that he had come to dwell, And life would be all spring. - Emily Dickinson

  • Your teacher can open the door but you must enter by yourself.  - Chinese Proverb

  • For  last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.  And to make an end is to make a beginning.  - T.S. Eliot

  • Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. -  Norman Vincent Peale 

  • At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving others with God's own love and concern. - Saint Teresa of Calcutta ('Love: A Fruit Always in Season')

  • There are two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein

  • There is a crack in everything.  That’s how the light gets in.  (from ‘Anthem’) -  Leonard Cohen

  • Our Lady had quiet trust that God would answer her prayer. So it is with us. He will give us what is necessary for us. -  Venerable Frances Taylor

  • There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. - St Thomas Aquinas

  • Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.  Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.  Just walk beside me and be my friend. - Albert Camus

  • Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot.  In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.  - Oscar Wilde

  • Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. -  Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.  -  Roald Dahl ('The Twits')

  • What’s right isn’t always popular.  What’s popular isn’t always right.  -  Howard Cosell

  • Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort -  Franklin D Roosevelt 

  • Let the beauty we love become the good that we do. -  Rumi (Persian poet) 

  • Education is not preparation for life.  Education is life itself.John Dewey

  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela

  • Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.  Pope John Paul II

  • Education breeds Confidence.  Confidence breeds Hope.  Hope breeds Peace. Confucius

  • Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it. Harper Lee

  • I did then what I knew how to do.  Now that I know better I do better. – Maya Angelou

  • One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Malala Yousafzai

  • Step out of the history that is holding you back.  Step into the new story you are willing to create. - Oprah Winfrey

  • Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  • Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. - Samuel Johnson

  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony. - Mahatma Gandhi

  • Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. - Chinese Proverb

  • When I have a problem I ask St Therese, not to solve it, but to take it in her hands and help me accept it. - Pope Francis

  • It is not the literal past, the 'facts' of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language. - Brian Friel (‘Translations’)

  • Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success. - Henry Ford

  • When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween!

  • Kindness changes everything. - Manor House SMILE Committee.

  • We never know how high we are till we are called to rise. Then if we are true to form our statures touch the skies. - Emily Dickinson

  • I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. - Helen Keller

  • It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope. - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger 1986 (Pope Benedict) 

  • We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. - Edith Lovejoy Pierce

  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. - Helen Keller