Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday's learn and earn...


vespertine  \VESS-per-tyne\ ~ adjective


1: of, relating to, or occurring in the evening

2: active, flowering, or flourishing in the evening

EXAMPLES: A vespertine fog crept over the farm, concealing the outbuildings and the orchard and stranding the house in an inky ocean of darkness as the evening turned to night.

"In research involving American black bears Ursus americanus, Bridges et al. … recorded activity patterns at bait sites in Virginia and found bear activity was generally vespertine but exhibited seasonal differences with bears becoming more nocturnal in the fall…." -- From a chapter by A.S. Bridges and A.J. Noss in Camera Traps in Animal Ecology (2011)

DID YOU KNOW? Imagine this vespertine scenario: Hesperus, the Evening Star, shines in a clear sky; little brown bats flutter near the treetops; somewhere in the distance a church bell calls worshipers to the evening service. Can you find three words (other than "vespertine") associated with the Latin root "vesper," which means "evening," hidden in that scene? The evening star was once known as "Vesper" ("Hesperus" is from the Greek for "evening"); "vespertilian" means "batlike" (the Latin word for bat is "vespertilio"); and we still call an evening worship service "vespers."


I was just noticing that when hubby took our dog with him the other day that the dog's ID tag was getting hard to read so this was perfect timing!!  Arm and Hammer is offering a free 7/8 inch diameter stainless steel  pet ID tag when you purchase any two Arm and Hammer® Clumping Cat Litters between 1/1/11 and 12/31/11.  Just send in the completed order form together with your original cash register recipe(s) with the cat litter and the prices circled.  While it is helpful to have a printer for this offer since you will need to fill in your pets information, if you don't have one you can print the required information onto a 3" by 5" card and mail along with your proof-of-purchase.  All requests must be postmarked by 1/15/12, please allow 6 to 8 weeks for your tag to arrive.

Hope you are all having a great week so far!



  1. I noticed that on our litter box too. Its a nice way for people to get a new tag.
    Nice word. :)

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  4. I am SO going to find a way to use vespertine in a sentence this week.

    Following you from the Where Are You Wednesday Blog Hop and hoping you can return the love.
    Yankee Texan Mom


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