Wheat Thins – Snacky!

Dear daughter

You know this is not an advertisement! Wheat Thins can make life great when you desire a small snack, but it never ends that way – does it?  This is a serious problem that our household faces. These evil little squares are the potato chips of the cracker world. You start innocently enough with one or two and soon at least half of the box is gone. Then the problem gets really serious, as family members start hiding them from each other and hoard the thins for themselves, sometimes leaving empty boxes behind with the plastic bag still inside, but full of cornflakes instead. So disappointing to find cornflakes!

Well, you are once more away at school and hopefully away from such temptations. After all, there are no bad temptations at Berkeley and specially nothing that would make you want to snack uncontrollably? I hope your semester is off to a good start kiddo. Miss you and I might be hiding some what thins in our house, but I’ll never tell!

Snack Dad

New Word of the Day: 

Colloquial (adjective)

  1. characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal. 
  2. involving or using conversation.

Previous Words of the Day: 

Assonance (noun)

  1. resemblance of sounds.
  2. Also called vowel rhyme. Prosody. rhyme in which the same vowel sounds are used with different consonants in the stressed syllables of the rhyming words, as in penitent and reticence.
  3. partial agreement or correspondence. 

Pedagogy (noun)

  1. the function or work of a teacher; teaching.
  2. the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.

Soliloquy (noun)

  1. an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful ofor oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose acharacter’s innermost thoughts): Hamlet’s soliloquy begins with “To be or not to be.”.
  2. the act of talking while or as if alone.

Didactic (adjective)

  1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry. 
  2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
  3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.  
  4. didactics, (used with a singular verbthe art or science of teaching.

Superfluous (adjective)

  1. being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. 
  2. unnecessary or needless. 
  3. Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.

Incongruous (adjective)

  1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming:
    an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.
  2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts:
    an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.
  3. inconsistent:
    actions that were incongruous with their professed principles.

Deference  (noun):

  1. respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.
  2. respectful or courteous regard: “in deference to my dad’s wishes, I did not correct his misspelling.”

Acquiesce  (verb): to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: “to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.”

Magnanimous  (adjective)
  1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: “to be magnanimous toward one’s enemies.”
  2. high-minded; noble: “just and magnanimous ruler.”
  3. proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: “magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.”

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