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Vocabulary March 16, 2015

Filed under: Vocabulary — Janet @ 2:42 am

Twice recently I’ve come across a word I didn’t know.  Once in Jean’s Knitting blog and now on the radio this morning.  It was Puzzle Time with Will Shortz on NPR.  The word was “synapses”.  “Synopsis” is easy enough but “synapses” – what is that or what are those?

According to Wikipedia

SynapseWikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synapse

In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell (neural or otherwise).

I don’t think I would presume to use it in everyday speech.  Neurology and physics were never my strongest suits.

Here is another word I encountered today – Ebenezer     As in the following     mine Ebenezer     what is it?

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood. —Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing      We sang this today at The Blessing of the Fleet

It’s a stone – the stone of help      “Samuel took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer—”the stone of help”—for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!” —1 Samuel 7:12, NLT      With thanks to the author of the blog post Another Think

Again another word I don’t think I’ll be using every day.