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AWADmail Issue 605A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Tidbits about Words and Language
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From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
From: Ken Kirste (kkkirste sbcglobal.net)
This word prompted fond memories of growing up with the American comic strip "Our Boarding House". The central character was Maj. Amos B. Hoople, who sported a robust figure, bushy black mustache, and fez. He consistently exaggerated his adventures and articulated get-rich-quick schemes in a highly grandiose style of speaking that epitomizes meaning of today's word. In the daily panels and full Sunday strip, the counter-point to his spiel was provided by his wife (who ran the boarding house) and an array of cynical boarders. For some samples see here.
Ken Kirste, Sunnyvale, California
From: Joshua Saks (joshua.saks gmail.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--bloviate
During the Presidential primary campaign of 2012, George Will appeared on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos". The discussion turned to Mitt Romney allying himself with Donald Trump, and George Will questioned the cost to Mitt Romney of appearing with "this bloviating ignoramus" (video, 1 min.). This was my introduction to the word bloviate.
Joshua Saks, Morristown, New Jersey
From: Steve Kirkpatrick (stevekirkp comcast.net)
The Lord's Prayer gets printed in our Lutheran church bulletin in seven different languages on Pentecost, as that is when the Bible verses are read regarding speaking in tongues . With a wandering and inquisitive mind, I saw something etymologically interesting in the Swedish and German versions. Their word for "trespasses" or "sins" appears to be similar to our word skulduggery.
English: and forgive us our trespasses,
Swedish: och förlåt oss våra skulder,
German: Und vergib uns unsere Schuld,
AWAD and my unabridged dictionary say skulduggery comes from Scottish, but one can see there must be a German/Scandinavian common root.
For the English, a different translator (King James Version, 1611) could
have written something like:
I also recognized frestelse as the Swedish word for temptation. My Swedish-heritage mother introduced me to the story and the recipe for Jansson's Frestelse. Jansson could resist all temptation, except the recipe which called for potatoes, butter, onions, anchovies, bread crumbs, heavy cream and pepper. It's better than Lutefisk, don't ya know.
Steve Kirkpatrick, Olympia, Washington
From: Betty Sanders (betty02052 yahoo.com)
Even though I grew up with the word, whenever I hear it now, my mind goes immediately to the scene in the baseball movie Bull Durham where the coach of the losing minor league team takes the advice of Kevin Costner (the wise old catcher) to scare them. In hilarious fashion he prances about the locker room accusing them of being "Lollygaggers". "You lollygag the ball around the infield, you lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout? You know what that makes you? Lollygaggers!" (video, 1.5 min.)
Betty Sanders, Medfield, Massachusetts
From: Marylor Wilson (marylor montana.com)
Where I learned to talk "colorfully" (in Butte, MT), there were the twins, bamboozle and bumfoozle. Everybody at the bar would have smiled and winked if they heard some greenhorn say "bumfuzzle". Ah, those were the days. Many thanks every morning for A.Word.A.Day.
Marylor Wilson, Missoula, Montana
from: Bill Richardson (kymrbill aol.com)
Bumfuzzled is one of my favorite self-descriptors. At the end of a stressful day, I'll add that my brain feels like it's made of cold grits and Novocain.
Bill Richardson, Orange, California
From: Irving N. Webster-Berlin (awadreviewsongs gmail.com)
Here are this week's AWAD Review Songs (words and recordings) for your listening and viewing pleasure.
Irving N. Webster-Berlin, Sacramento, California
From: Joan Perrin (perrinjoan aol.com)
The Americanisms this week were a series of colorful, not often heard words, and although you warned to use them judiciously, I was challenged to incorporate them all into the following limerick.
Bernie Madoff, wouldn't lallygag around,
Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York
From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
Last week's AWADmail had a word that offended email filters at this organization. What was that dirty word? "Baboon"
From: "Domain postMaster" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "Wordsmith" (email@example.com) Subject: [Postmaster] Email Bounce Notification This is a bounce notification message indicating that an email you addressed to email address : -- [removed]@luxottica.co.za could not be accepted. The problem appears to be : -- The message violated one or more content policies Additional information follows : -- Policy (ExternalWording) found term [1 "baboon"] in body, score is 1
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:A word after a word after a word is power. -Margaret Atwood, poet and novelist (b. 1939)