A to Z Challenge | A

The Words

“Aberrant – If something is aberrant it is deviating in some fashion or manner from the norm. Aberrant is a direct borrow from the Latin word aberrāns, meaning to go astray. A secondary meaning relates to behaviour, specifically bad behaviour or behaviour considered out of character or abnormal. Such aberrant behaviour will not be tolerated.

“Acarpous: An Anglicization of the Greek word karpós, meaning fruit. Karpós is steeped in Greek mythology. In English, the addition of the prefix a as a negation gives us a word meaning simply, without fruit or barren. The word can also be used as a synonym for sterile or unfruitful in a figurative sense.”

“Adumbrate: Adumbrate is a word much beloved of academics, particularly historians and literary critics. Derived from umbra, Latin for shadow, an action can often adumbrate or foreshadow another future action or consequence. In literary narratives, for example, one action adumbrates a further development in the plot. Adumbrate is also sometimes used in the sense of overshadow. The prophecies of the three witches adumbrate the fate of Macbeth.

(from “1000 Words to Expand Your Vocabulary” by Joseph Piercy)

Chocolate Bunny

Today I DM’d a D&D session for the first time, it was an Easter one shot and I had so much fun. One of the player characters was a super cute bunny that also gashed his skin open to use the blood magic within. Meet Num Num.

Num Num was a squat pink bunny rabbit. His fur soft as bedding he found comfort in stroking his own tummy. Although altogether the ideal image of a bunny, the ruby stains on his fur from his blood mage training was an aberrant sight. A sight that adumbrated his future. Num Num’s pockets were acarpous of chocolate, so he determinedly bounded towards danger coated in the delicious sweet substance, with the hope of the treat and too naive to seriously think the danger could be real.

4 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge | A

  1. The English language has such a rich vocabulary, and for me as a non-native English speaker, it’s interesting to learn new words. Not always sure what the correct way to pronounce them is, though (for these three, my guess is that emphasis is on the middle syllable?)

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