What’s the Rush?

September 12, 2018 Bushi 0

I can’t recall where it was that I first came across the concept of “rushes” being strewn about the floor of a lord’s castle. It may very well have been in one of George R. R. Martin’s Fire and Ice books. I know I’ve seen it since then as a recurring […]


The Word-Hoard: Aureate

September 11, 2018 Bushi 3

Aureate adj. 1. Golden or gilded. 2. Brilliant; splendid. 3. Characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.   “Aureate,” which derives from the Latin aurum, for “gold,” means just that – golden. Its definition has expanded over time to include “resplendent,” “ornate,” and the like. I’ve got to admit, […]


The Word-Hoard: Sward

September 7, 2018 Bushi 3

Sward n. 1. A portion of ground covered with grass. 2. The grassy surface of land.   Truth time – I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t know this word three years ago. The first time I came across it in a Conan story, I did a double take, wondering […]

Red Planet


September 6, 2018 Bushi 0

In the 3021st year of Zan, in the Century of the Great Boral Worm, in the Year of Holy Winds, the Blessed Lord of Space and Matter, keeping his own counsel, ordered a purge of the third planet orbiting the red star known as Pendula. The world was ravaged first […]

Witch World

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Witch World

September 5, 2018 Bushi 9

Recently I’ve noticed HP over at Every Day Should Be Tuesday doing these “Can’t Wait Wednesday” post things. Turns out it’s a weekly, multi-blog festival of a sort, hosted by the Wishful Endings book blog. Back when I used to run a blog about Japanese language and culture these sorts […]

Disenchantment: Another Netflix Near Miss

September 5, 2018 Bushi 3

When I saw that Matt Groeining, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, was working with Netflix to release a fantasy-themed cartoon called Disenchantment, I was cautiously optimistic. Optimistic, because The Simpsons was a great show for many seasons and Futurama was all-around excellent. Cautiously, because The Simpsons fell into suckage […]

Bedknobs and Broomsticks and the Disney Demon

September 4, 2018 Bushi 6

I’d venture to guess that many kids growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s, like myself, watched a somewhat strange amalgam of television programming. My early memories are smattered with various Disney and Rankin and Bass productions, a variety of shows with weird puppets, and even a Japanese anime […]


The Word-Hoard: Jabberwocky

September 3, 2018 Bushi 4

Happy Labor Day to my fellow Americans, and happy Monday to everyone else. I originally wasn’t going to schedule a post for today, but then I realized that there are plenty of people who don’t have the day off and who might enjoy a little bit of word play. For […]

The Word-Hoard: Disport

August 31, 2018 Bushi 4

Disport v.  Enjoy oneself unrestrainedly; frolic.   n. 1. Diversion from work or serious matters; recreation or amusement.  1.1  A pastime, game, or sport.   “Disport” is an interesting change-up from the usual “amusement” words – “play,” “entertain,” “recreate,” etc. I think the key grammatical point is to remember that […]


The Word-Hoard: Sententious

August 30, 2018 Bushi 3

Sententious  adj. Trying to appear wise, intelligent, and important, in a way that is annoying.   An arrogant, annoying individual may have an inflated sense of self or present as rather egotistical. Perhaps he is bombastic, pretentious, puffed up, or even turgid. There are many ways to describe such a […]