Tuesday’s Word

Last week’s word came from an erotic romance about a high-priced escort embroiled in Chicago’s crime underworld. This week’s word comes from the online devotional I subscribe to (Crosswalk.com). Talk about contrast!

Pabulum
noun
insipid intellectual nourishment
▸ any substance that can be used as food

“The ordinary pabulum of popular religion, of health and prosperity, just doesn’t line up with the suffering we see among some of the most godly men and women in Scripture. The abundant life that Jesus came to give does not come without struggle any more than a butterfly can soar without a struggle from its cocoon. We would never slice open a cocoon and expect to find a butterfly ready to fly. Without the struggle, the butterfly could not grow strong enough to take flight.”–Sharon Jaynes, e-devotional, Crosswalk.com. March 13, 2013

Definition from OneLook Online Dictionary

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About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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5 Responses to Tuesday’s Word

  1. Mae Clair says:

    That is definitely a new word on me! I love the butterfly-cocoon thought. One I shall have to tuck away and remember!

  2. Love the philosophy behind this quote. To expect nothing but ease and happiness misses so much of life. And pabulum? I’d never heard it before. It sounds very Roman in its form and definition.

  3. You know what’s a good friend for this word? Pap. It refers to either a nipple/teat, the bland food one would feed an invalid, or something that lacks substance/value. It’s also that rare word that will pop up as a typo but may still work in the sentence.

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