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For this week we are taking a short leap over the letter “K,” and leaping to the letter “L.”  If AT&T had allowed me to post last Wednesday, you would have read about your “K” word, and the “L” would be in the correct order, just as I had planned.  In their inimitable, lousy-service fashion (really!), they managed to throw a monkey wrench into my plans, but nevertheless I will give you your word for the day. Guess what it is?  “LEAP!”  I took the photos above of some of the staff at the Rehab facility where I go for hand therapy.  They were most obliging to take a leap for your viewing pleasure!

I would love to tell you that I had found all sorts of unusual definitions for this word, so that on this “Leap Day” you could impress your friends and family with your voluminous knowledge about a different meaning for the word and day that you had discovered.  Alas, no!  But for those who don’t speak English, perhaps this word is new to you.  Even if not, here is a refresher course on the many ways that “leap” can be and is used (other than the way it is used once every four years).

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As a VERB, and in various verb forms:

Intransitive:
a. to move somewhere suddenly or quickly; to leap into/out of/from something
b. to jump into the air over a long distance; to leap into/from/onto
c. to suddenly improve, increase, or progress
d. to suddenly change to another time or situation, as in a film

Examples:
a. “She leapt to her feet (=suddenly stood up) when she saw Paula Tohline Calhoun.”
a. “Paula Tohline Calhoun was seen leaping into a car and speeding off to avoid her over-zealous fans screaming for an autograph.”
a. “Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Paula Tohline Calhoun leapt out of bed.”
b. “The overwhelming crowd of people, waiting to catch a glimpse of Paula Tohline Calhoun, were forced to leap to safety from the collapsing overfilled grandstand.”
b. “In an uncommon show of humility, Paula Tohline Calhoun leapt into the air with joy at the news of winning the ‘trifecta’ of performing artists’ dreams – a Tony, a Grammy, and an Oscar”
c. “Sales of Paula Tohline Calhoun’s books, CD’s and DVD’s have leapt 43% this quarter alone.”
d. “In the amazing film biography, the leading actress Meryl Streep begins the film as the present-day vibrant and youthful Paula Tohline Calhoun, then leaps back to 1989 when Ms. Tohline Calhoun is an even younger woman.”

Transitive:
a. to jump over something

Example:
a. “Suffering a brief loss of her sense of direction, Paula Tohline Calhoun leapt the fence and ran into the wildly cheering crowd, thus losing her race for the Olympic God (sic) Medal.”

EXAMPLES OF “LEAP PHRASES”
a.leap at the chance/opportunity/offer” – to accept something quickly and in an enthusiastic way, as in:
“Movie producers leapt at the chance to star Paula Tohline Calhoun in their new guaranteed blockbuster film.”
b.leap into action” – to suddenly start doing something, as in:
“As the noted blogger Paula Tohline Calhoun approached, photographers leapt into action.”
c.leap off the page” – to be immediately obvious, or to immediately get your attention, as in:
“Paula Tohline Calhoun’s ‘signature’ scintillating, incomparable writing style leapt off the page at the fortunate readers.”
d.leap to someone’s defense” – to quickly say or do something in order to help someone who is being criticized/hurt/abused, as in:
“Intelligent blog readers leapt to the defense of Paula Tohline Calhoun and promised to stand by her against the rare, and obviously jealous, less-than-effusive poetry critics.”

As a NOUN (countable):

a. a jump, especially one that is long or high, as in:
“Paula Tohline Calhoun took a record-breaking leap of 54 yards.”
b. a flying leap (=high into the air), as in:
“Prima Ballerina Paula Tohline Calhoun crossed the stage in one graceful, flying leap.”
c. a big change in the way that you think or in what you do, as in:
“Virtually every major publishing house made an early leap into bidding for rights to publish all the works – past and future – of Paula Tohline Calhoun.”
“Moving to a place where no one knew Paula Tohline Calhoun was a big leap for her, and one that (of course) proved impossible.”
d. by/in leaps and bounds – used for saying that someone or something improves or increases a lot, as in:
“Paula Tohline Calhoun has been working hard at her phenomenal talents and has amazingly progressed in leaps and bounds over her already unprecedented levels.”
e. a leap in the dark – something that you do without knowing the full situation and without knowing what the possible results might be, as in:
“Other writers and poets took a leap in the dark to surpass Paula Tohline Calhoun’s records of achievement, realizing too late that it was impossible.”
f. a leap of faith – a decision to believe that something is true or will happen although you have no proof, as in:
“From infancy, child prodigy Paula Tohline Calhoun was prepared to take the leap of faith, believing (rightly so) the oft-quoted prophecy that she would become the most famous, multi-talented artist the world had ever known.”

Then I woke up.

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So – now you know the incredible scope not only of the word “leap,” but of Paula Tohline Calhoun’s incredible imagination and dream life.  She shall continue to dream and imagine the best in reaching her enough. . .

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