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From Dictionary.com:

—adjective

1. zealous; ardent; impassioned: a vehement defense; vehement enthusiasm.

2. characterized by rancor or anger; violent: vehement hostility.

3. strongly emotional; intense or passionate: vehement desire.

Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example sentence:

I wonder if soothsayers, regardless how vehement their beliefs, eventually begin to enjoy the taste of humble pie.

 
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I passed a sign reading that very phrase today. I found myself wondering how much money Egg would make selling those 4s.

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From Dictionary.com:

—noun

1. a large wine bottle having a capacity of two ordinary bottles or 1.5 liters (1.6 quarts).

2. a magnum cartridge or firearm.

Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example sentence:

Since they were expecting extra guests at their dinner party, they opted for a magnum of wine.

 
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And for those of you who were thinking it . . .

 

 
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From Dictionary.com:

—verb (used without object) waxed or (Literary) waxen; waxing.

1. to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, power, etc.: Discord waxed at an alarming rate.

2. (of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion before the full moon. Compare wane ( def. 4 ) .

3. to grow or become: He waxed angry at the insinuation.

Wordsmith Wednesdays made-up example poem:

Atop the boat, overturned on a bank of grass and thistle,
Resting as she waxes, growing brightly pale,
We hear the ducks fly through darkening indigo; their wings whistle.
In the morning, again we’ll turn it and sail.

 
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If your car stereo accepts a USB flash drive, but never seems to play your MP3s in the proper order, this post may be of interest to you.

Sony Stereo Faceplate

When you plug a flash drive into your computer, the files on it only appear to be in order because the computer reads and sorts them before displaying them on the screen.  When files are written to the drive, they are not necessarily written in order or even from the beginning of the drive.  This is done to prolong the life of the drive.  As a result, if your car stereo isn’t programmed to sort, it will play the MP3s in the order in which they’re found.  (This is also the case with some MP3 players, though fancier ones like modern iPods probably sort.)

I use an application called DriveSort to correct this little annoyance.  It will sort the files on a FAT-formatted drive (most flash drives) so that they can be read in order.

DriveSort

Important:

Be aware that this application is to be used at your own risk.  It is recommended to back up any data on a drive before running DriveSort on it, especially if that data is sensitive or important.  I, nor the author of the application, take any responsibility for the loss of data or any other sort of damage.  I haven’t had any problems with DriveSort, but better safe than sorry, right?


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