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YABA

OK, I made that one up, myself! It is an acronym I created for, “Yet Another Backup Article” – it was created around the time I was writing my fourth or fifth article on why people should be diligent about backing up their computer data. Go ahead, search for; “Yet Another Backup Article” – with or without the quotes and you’ll find my blog post!

Now that I’ve done my own search on the acronym, I’ve found that YABA was already in use. Sosumi!

Back to Webster’s, we find ya, yabber, and yabby. Ya is what ya think it is; an abbreviation of “you.” Yabber is perhaps an altered form of jabber, a word based on ya-speak, talk, in Gabi (Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the Maryborough district, S Queensland). Yikes, it’s sometimes tought to type entries from the dictionary! 

Yabby is a small Australian crawfish, of the genus Cherax, inhabiting streams and water holes. This word is derived from that ya-speak mentioned above, which is also called yabiji, spoken around Wimmera, Victoria.

So, there ya have it. Most of the words in the first column in the Y section are about Australian things. One more thing about acronyms for YA, from my programming education; YACC means, yet another C compiler.

 

Xanthan

This stuff can be boring. Xanthan is a water-soluble natural gum produced by the fermentation of sugar with certain microorganisms and used as a binder, extender, or stabilizer in foods and other products. Unless you’re a chemist, it probably has all of the appeal of an emulsifier. 

OK, so not much to work with there, but the last entry in the W section is wyvern, which is a winged two-legged dragon having the hinder part of a serpent with a barded tail. So, we’ve got that going for us (he said, wistfully).

Only Y and Z to go now, as we near the end.

There are not even two and a half pages of X words in my Webster’s Dictionary. Given this book was first produced in 2001, is it reasonable to assume there are a few more words that begin with X by now?

Wabble

This is another spelling for wobble, but also, the larva of a botfly, Cuterabra emasculator, that infests squirrels and other rodents, rendering the males sterile. There’s something I didn’t know and maybe didn’t want to know.

We all know crack is wack, which is also another spelling for whack. And if you add an “e”, as in wacke, you have a poorly sorted sandstone containing fragments of rock and minerals in a clayey matrix. And, I’m sure that’s the first time I’ve ever used the word, “clayey” in a sentence.

Wacked out, wacko, and wacky are the next three entries on the first page of “W” – so this entry has at least three times as many words for this letter than most other posts in this blog.

It must be the coffee!

Vaad

A Jewish council offering advice on or having authority over certain community affairs. That’s what is says in Webster’s. 

It seems we might need something like this to preside over networking groups. 

Or, I’m completely wrong and just like learning new words.

Either way, there it is.

BR

Ubiquitous

Ubiety and ubique are second and third, after uakari, of the words not capitalized in the U section. Uakari is any of several medium-sized, tree-dwelling Amazon basin monkeys of the genus Cacajao, the only New World monkeys having a short tail: all are now rare.

Ubiety means, the property of having a definite location at any given time; state of existing and being localized in space. It sounds like it has something to do with math or logic, as in, how can something not be in a location at any given time?

Ubique is Latin for everywhere. So, of course lead to ubiquitous, which means pretty much the same thing.

By the way, remember what I said about the dominance of the letter, “S”? We have six letters remaining, including, “U” and all of those letters combined occupy about 60% of the number of pages dedicated to the letter, “S”. I’m just saying.