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He’s downright balsamaceous, that boy: TAE Word for the Day


(And I’d like to hear him say that word, too.)

Balsamaceous: (adjective): Possessing healing or restorative properties.

The word derives from the Latin balsamum, “resin of the balm tree.” The substance is historically celebrated for its aroma and healing properties.

Dr. Track is a healer by profession, and with his steadfast dedication and delightful bedside manner, he certainly makes us feel better.

And whilst John Porter is a tough soldier by trade with kickass skills, his gentleness and compassion helped Katie through the trauma of her captivity even as he worked to free her. This balsamaceous hero is tops in our books.

Our Victorian hero, Mr. Thornton, restores our belief in foolish passion and sweet romance. Surely he’s been a balm to many a troubled spirit.

Dear Harry Kennedy. His sweet, sunny, nurturing nature–perhaps a reflection of his CReAtor’s own lovely character?–cannot fail to bring a smile to our faces and a warm tug on our hearts.

Just a few examples of Mr. A’s balsamaceous characters. But of course, the most balsamaceous of them all is the man himself.

Lovely, funny, brilliant, modest, insightful, endearing, charismatic . . . how you touch our hearts, minds and souls, Richard Armitage.

Let’s set things straight.


I deleted several comments from a recent post because it seemed we were getting an international war started in reference to grammar and punctuation in the English language.

I want everyone to feel comfortable here expressing their thoughts, feelings, opinions, as long as they do not attack fellow commenters (or, obviously, speak ill of dear Mr. Armitage).

Errors can and are and will be made in the comments.  People multi-task. They are pressed for time. Sometimes our fingers and brains don’t quite connect in the way that they should.   It happens to newspaper reporters, to teachers, to professional writers.  To any of us. I just happen to have the ability to go in and edit my comments and my posts.

You are all intelligent, educated, well-read people. If you’ve visited very many websites where comments are allowed, then you have likely seen some truly atrocious grammar, spelling and punctuation.  I was appalled at some of the comments left at the newspaper website.  I haven’t seen that here, not among the native English speakers or those who speak/write it as a second (or third or fourth) language.

This should be a fun place to visit. I want it to be a fun place to visit. No one should be made to feel as if they can’t or shouldn’t comment because they might fail to “dot every i and cross every t.”  Certainly, everyone should proof their comments before they hit “send,” but it doesn’t always happen.  We are all human–or at least I assume we all are.

Let’s refrain from making comments about our fellow readers’ use of the English language–or any other language, for that matter.  Let the issue end here, please.  I truly believe that is the way Richard would want it.

English Language

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