Kate Barnes (k8cre8) wrote in 1word1day,
Kate Barnes


My apologies for my lapse of last week, I honestly had thought I had posted, and then went on to enjoy my holiday weekend, until today, when I went to add a story for today, and realized I'd failed.  i will treat you today to the entry I had planned for last week. It's a charming, inspiring tale of hijackers.

The increasing demands on the members of the elite Hijackers International Terrorist Union to qualify and remain on the Union’s roster have necessitated extreme measures.

Changes in the membership guidelines for the HIT-U have included increases in the minimum number of monthly vehicle hijackings, stricter standards for bomb assemblage, and higher expectations for constructing and delivering ransom demands. HIT-U believes the stronger standards will help to bring legitimacy to the skills and services its members have to offer, and will increase the respect for the profession around the world.

These high standards have forced HIT-U members to go to extreme measures. To meet the monthly vehicle hijacking quota, some professional hijackers have resorted to the previously anoetic — hijacking shopping carts filled with groceries, ice cream trucks and pizza delivery vehicles. Hijackers are justifying hitting these targets as “practice” and a way to supplement their income.

Other standards have forced bombers into near bankruptcy buying high-quality explosives, and hostage-takers to take courses in English grammar, composition and rhetoric to make their ransom delivery methods more effective and enjoyable from a literary standpoint.

In exchange for their compliance and heft membership dues, the Union represents its membership in ransom negotiations and during and after legal proceedings. The Union also strives to improve the public perception of the Hostage-Taking and Terrorist professions.

anoetic ( AN-oh-eh-tic ) adj. Greek. unthinkable
This rarely used word seems to have entered into use in 1913. It's from the Greek word noetikos, a form of the verb "noein" meaning, "to think." In front is the prefix "a" which adds a "without" to the word following it, making the construction "without thought," or simply "unthinkable." 
Tags: a, adjective, greek, theme: stories, wordsmith: k8cre8

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