WORD again....

By: palmettobug53 , 8:45 PM GMT on January 22, 2012

As many of you know, I'm a big reader. Being a big reader, I like to think that I have a larger than average number of words (and their definitions) in my lexicon.

I don't have to run for the dictionary as often as I did in my younger years. Even then, sometimes I couldn't be bothered to stop reading long enough to look things up. I could get the general idea, if not the specific meaning, just from the context of what I was reading.

I have worked more crossword puzzles than I can shake a stick at. I have played innumerable games of Scrabble. The Word Power quiz in Readers Digest is one of the first things I look for when the new issues arrive in the mail.

At work, I receive a 'Word of the Day' from Merriam-Webster. It helps to start my day off with something other than a work email and I often learn something new. They give the definition, the use in a sentence and the origin. They also include a quiz, using a word that was in an earlier email. A little brain exercise!

Words intrigue me.

While reading the Sunday paper today, I ran across an article about Wayne State University's Word Warriors. They are "retrieving some of the English language's most expressive words from the dank closet of neglect, in hopes of boosting their chances of a return to conversation and narrative."

Here are their top 10 words for 2012:





Parlous (I really like this one!)






To see the list and their definitions, click here.

Aren't those cool? LOL

How many of them could you define before you looked at the website?

Truckle threw me. I knew the definition as a noun but I didn't know it was also a verb.

At their website, you can nominate words to be considered for revival.

As for us, let's share our favourite words and see how many we can come up with?

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199. palmettobug53
9:32 PM GMT on March 04, 2012
Janet, I like all the sauces: red, yellow and vinegar. I even like ribs, etc, with a good dry rub.

BBQ really refers to the method of cooking, not a sauce. Since most Southern BBQ uses sauces, we've come consider both one and the same.
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198. janetlee
6:44 PM GMT on March 04, 2012
I wholehearted agree with you on a pig pickin', nothing compares! I really do prefer the ones that leave the pig whole and let the guests pick their own. And of course being in Eartren Carolina our sauce is vinegar based. Also at most pig pickin's there has to be a pea pickin' cake for dessert.

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197. palmettobug53
5:04 PM GMT on March 04, 2012
Sandi, it was nice. Hubby was a tad uncomfortable. He kept whispering, " I don't know any of these people." I looked at him and replied, "I don't either. Just relax, strike up a conversation. They're all nice."

They even had a basketball game on the big screen TV in the den. That pretty much attracted most of the younger crowd and a few of the older men would wander in and out to check the score.

Though the invite said 'no gifts' there were a few plants and gift bags. I took a gardenia that I'd rooted and potted up a couple of years ago. It's the right size now to go in the ground. Once planted, it will be pretty much care-free. Someone brought a gorgeous purple orchid in full bloom.

I wish I had a dab hand at orchids but I've killed every one I've had. Which floors Dad. He says they're one of the easiest plants to grow. Gams
has good luck with them but she's able to keep hers
outside, which is probably what does the trick for her.
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196. sandiquiz
4:35 PM GMT on March 04, 2012
Hi Bug .... so glad you managed to get out and have a good evening.

Oh, I know quire. I used to buy my art supply paper for school by the quire and by the ream!

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195. palmettobug53
4:12 PM GMT on March 04, 2012
Good morning! I think the wet weather is starting to clear out. A bit chilly and breezy but I've already seen a couple of timid peeps of sunlight.

We did enjoy the party last night. Unfortunately, they were not able to spread the crowd outside, due to the rain. They did have seating set up out there but it was unusable. Luckily, though it was a bit crowded, there was enough room inside and the flow of their house did accommodate the crowd.

The food was great. They had pulled pork with several types of BBQ sauce: vinegar based, regular red, mustard, sweet red. Baked beans, cole slaw, mac and cheese. The mac and cheese was in a white creamy base, with some cheddar on top. Buns, in case you wanted a BBQ sandwich. And, almost best of all.... some very tasty collards. They had nuts to nibble on and a big bowl of marinated shrimp. Wine, beer, etc. A birthday cake.

Most of the attendees were family. There were a few younger folks that I assume were friends but I'd not met any of them before. The wife's mother, sister and sister's husband were there. I had met them before. I finally got a chance to meet the birthday girl's mother in law. I recognized her right off the bat, from pictures I'd seen.

Folks had come from Virginia, North Carolina, etc., which is where most of the couple's family are from.

We arrived a little after 6 and left shortly before 8:00. Though Hubby took a nap yesterday afternoon, he was starting to flag.

The big present for the birthday girl was a very large (at least 4X4) painting of two Holstein cows, with a red background, presumably the side of a barn. It leaned a bit more towards the impressionistic side, rather than realistic, but wasn't extremely so. Hubby thought it odd but the painting was done by an artist they like. I believe they already have one or two works by him. (Sorry, can't remember his name.) They do collect original oils/acrylics; they have a number of lovely original works in their house.

I adore cows, so I fell in love with that painting.

Sandi, a pig pickin' is exactly what it sounds like, though a lot of people today pull all the meat off the carcass and put it all in large pans for serving purposes.

I've been to one or two that left a good bit of meat on the bones for the purpose of 'pickin' by guests.

Pig Pickin'

Other areas of the country and the world may have traditions of roasting whole hogs but Pig Pickin' is a true Southern thing. We love our pork!

Shore, my Granny used to make hog head cheese. I'll never forget one weekend we were all at the farm for a butchering session. There was a big pot on the stove and I tiptoed up to peek. Staring at me was a whole hog head, waiting to be cooked. I remember watchng her another time, with her hands in the pot, squeezing, mashing and separating out the bones and harder bits of gristle, Adding the seasonings and (I think) cornmeal. She'd pour it all into large pans and put in the icebox to 'set'.

Once ready, it could be sliced cold for sandwiches or sliced, rolled in cornmeal and fried as a breakfast or supper meat.

I loved her hog head cheese. Can't stand any of the stuff in the stores that purport to be the same thing.

I read a lot of Twain but I don't recall 'quire'.
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194. shoreacres
1:36 PM GMT on March 04, 2012
Morning, Bug,

I have the feeling that Sandi is exactly right when she says the pickin' is standing around getting the meat off the carcass. That's what we used to call it, anyhow! How else are you going to get all that good stuff for head cheese? LOL

Actually, I thought "head cheese" was a terrible name for a terrible dish, until I learned that the Swedes call it sylta, and I loved it! What's in a name, indeed.

I found a new word last night when I was working on my new wordpress post, from our very favorite Mark Twain: quire. Now I can start charging for sandpaper by the quire!
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193. sandiquiz
1:20 PM GMT on March 04, 2012
Hope you and hubby had a good time last evening, and the weather cooperated for the cerebration.

I always smile when you use the word pickin' ... I have the idea that you all stand around pickin' flesh off a cooked carcass.... please explain what you mean:) lol

I took a photo for you this morning.... you will see what, and why, in my blog :)
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192. palmettobug53
9:21 PM GMT on March 03, 2012
Hi, ho, Ylee, Gams and OGal.

I think the 'Cooking of the Hog' probably went OK last night. It was clear up until the time I went to bed around 11:00.

Today? Not so good.

It has been pouring here all day long. I can see my rain guage and it's way over an inch so far.

I slept in late and then washed a few loads of clothes. Got them all hanging up inside on hangers on the over the door hangers and two folding clothes racks.

About the time I wanted to get online, we started having some thunder going on, so I've kept my computer shut down most of the day.

Hubby took a nap and just got out of the shower. I'll be getting in there shortly. We still plan on going, as we've heard nothing to the contrary.

We don't plan to stay late. Eat, mingle, visit and I hope to be home by 8:30.

I just wanted to touch base before ya'll called out the search party!

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191. seflagamma
4:01 PM GMT on March 03, 2012
Oh I see you have a BBQ today; hope your area does not get the severe storms
so many have gotten this week. I know you need a little rain but,

it can rain on work days.. not on weekend!!!

Enjoy your weekend.
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190. seflagamma
3:56 PM GMT on March 03, 2012
Bug, you have worked at your same office since 1975??? WOW, 37 years!!!
Girlfriend, that is a long time to stay with the same organization..
I thought I had about stretched the limit with my 25 yrs!

If it works for you there is no need to retire; I've always had so many things I want to do
out side of work that I cannot accomplish until I no longer have the full time job...
I do believe my life/career will really begin once I leave this job that has been
"paying the bills" for the past 25 yrs.

I am not really "retiring" I am just finally ending this phase of my career/life..

Now I must read back more and see what you have been up to.. it has been awhile since I've been around
and not much time today either but I have to keep my eye on you from time to time!!!

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189. OGal
1:32 PM GMT on March 03, 2012

Good Morning Bug, hope you get to eat you BBQ before you get rained on. I am so sorry that you will be getting rain. The good news at least you won't be getting a line of tornadoes hitting you. I am sure you will have fun no matter.

Very warm here 71 already headed toward 90 and then down into the 40s Monday morning. Mother N can't seem to make up her mind.

Have a nice weekend even with those droplets of gold.
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188. Ylee
10:13 AM GMT on March 03, 2012
Hope it's not an all-night BBQ on the hog; you have some weather headed your way!

Good luck to your friends today, and to you and your hubby tonight!
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187. palmettobug53
4:45 PM GMT on March 02, 2012
Hi, Patti and Shore!

Just a quick fly by today. I found out some relatives are comiing down to take my cousin out for lunch. I'm going to leave work early to try and catch them before they head back to O'burg.

I've almost finished clearing my desk and I'm OK'd to go, once I'm done.

Cross fingers for me tomorrow. Or, rather, for some friends. They have a whole weekend of stuff planned for the wife's 40th. Lots of family and friends from out of town. They cook the hog tonight, the pickin' is tomorrow night and they have a brunch scheduled for Sunday.

I just hope the weather cooperates. I'm sure they're freaking out at the idea of 80% rain today and tonight and severe T-storms, etc on through tomorrow.

Hubby and I plan to go to the pickin' tomorrow night but won't do the other events.
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186. shoreacres
2:08 PM GMT on March 02, 2012
Morning, Bug,

Well, it's Friday, tra-la! Anything fun planned for the weekend? I foresee work in mine - it's supposed to be lovely, sunny, cool and dry. I'd best get out and try and get caught up after all this damp and foggy we've had.

Hope you're feeling 100% by now - or at least 98%!

I always thought live-long should be hyphenated. And all it takes is hearing the word "conclave" to see Rome in all its glory! I can't remember ever hearing that word used in any sense other than the Papal. Maybe we need to get Sandi and Pros and a few others and have us a conclave!
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185. redagainPatti
6:26 PM GMT on March 01, 2012
Quoting palmettobug53:
I think we switch the second weekend of next month.

I just wish they'd leave it on regular time, year round, and quit fiddliing with it!

Hey and Hi there !! got a short bit of a time to pop in during lunch time today at school..
I fully agree with you about the messing with our time. Maybe we should get something together and fuss at the powers for messing with it and ask them to do away with it totally.???

Meanwhile about the words.. I knew one very well as all of our meetings together with the whole school system are call that.. and I had heard of the others but never took the time to check them out in detail. THANKS!!!
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184. palmettobug53
5:18 PM GMT on March 01, 2012
Happy Thursday and March 1st, everyone!

White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits!

Yep, I got the plumbing seen to; some anti-Bs are already doing the trick! The lower right of the back of my front no longer feels like Jackie Chan has been using it for martial arts practice routines.

Oh, Sandi. That sounds like a really nice side trip. Herriott country and the home of Wallace's favourite cheese.

I haven't been able to find any in the local grocers' that isn't mixed with fruit or port. They do make 'straight' Wensleydale, don't they?

Pros, you have the loveliest flowers. I'm assuming this is another one from your yard.

Shore, we're agreed on the time thing. I hate this jumping back and forth. Pick one and stick with it!

It drives Hubby nuts that I won't change the clock in my truck, when the time changes back to daylight savings. Why, I dunno. It's my truck and I'm the one that drives it. Doesn't bother me in the least!

Hi, ho, ylee! Bleached bunnies back atcha!
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183. Ylee
3:13 PM GMT on March 01, 2012

Triple Bleached Bunnies to you, bug! Sandi's going to the Dales with her camera! Isn't that cool?

Hope you get to feeling better soon; I get kidney infections every year or two when I don't take care of myself proper!
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182. shoreacres
2:57 PM GMT on March 01, 2012
Morning, Bug,

I hope you get that plumbing fixed up! If it's not one thing, it's another, etc. etc. Cranberry juice is good.

I can't believe we're almost to the time change again. I'm with you. Pick one time and leave it. We always have to tinker, I suppose. At least some people do. Maybe that's my problem - instead of being a time-traveler, I've turned into a time-tinkerer. Gotta think about that. I believe I'll do it at work! Bye!
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181. Proserpina
1:44 PM GMT on March 01, 2012
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180. sandiquiz
9:01 AM GMT on March 01, 2012
We change on the 25th ... so there will be a week where we are an hour nearer... or is it further apart! lol

Guess what, I had you in mind last night when I booked three days in a hotel in Bedale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. I am going up three days before I need to pick up Jean, so I can wander over to Wensleydale and take some photos. My first school teaching practice was in Askrigg, the home of the TV version of All Creatures.

Wishing you "white rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits and a very happy month of March"
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179. palmettobug53
4:41 PM GMT on February 29, 2012
I think we switch the second weekend of next month.

I just wish they'd leave it on regular time, year round, and quit fiddliing with it!
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178. sandiquiz
4:34 PM GMT on February 29, 2012
Ah, so your clocks didn't change this weekend then, as I suggested for your early arrival in my blog.

Barley water or cranberry juice for you, my girl - lots of it!
Hope the doc can sort you out!
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177. palmettobug53
4:27 PM GMT on February 29, 2012
Sandi, Sandi, Smarty Pants! LOL

Hey ho, everyone.

Taking a very early lunch today, as I had to call my doctor's office early this morning and make an appt for this afternoon. It's the first time in YEARS but I think I have a kidney infection. My back and right side are killing me. There are some other symptoms, too, that I won't mention in mixed company. I felt fine yesterday. Looking back over the past 2-3 days, though, I can see there were a few small signs but they didn't seem like much of anything at the time.

Anyhoo, I should get it sorted this afternoon.
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176. sandiquiz
5:31 PM GMT on February 28, 2012
Hi Bug,
I am sorry but your definition of the word livelong is totally wrong.
All trekkies know that the Vulcan greeting is "Live long and Prosper"!! hehehe

I am exhausted! I have moved 8 bags of gravel today to place them on the area where the greenhouse had been. ... thank goodness for my trusty wheelbarrow!
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175. palmettobug53
5:20 PM GMT on February 28, 2012
Hi, Patti!

Gonna retire, huh? Everyone keeps asking me when I'm going to retire but I have no real plans to do so. Not yet, anyway.

It does freak folks here out, when they realize I've been working in this same office since 1975!

Paraskevidekatria! I'm glad I don't suffer from it.

You'd think it would end in 'phobia', like most of them do.

Your wish is my command, dear lady. Here you go:

Viva voce


1 : a private meeting or secret assembly

2 : a gathering of a group or association

Ever wonder what happens behind locked doors? The etymology of "conclave" begs this question as the word comes from a Latin term meaning "room that can be locked up." The English word formerly had the same meaning, but that use is now obsolete. Today, "conclave" refers not to the locked rooms but to the private meetings and secret assemblies that occur within them. "Conclave" is especially likely to refer to a meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals who have secluded themselves to choose a pope, but it can refer to other types of private or secret meetings as well. The meaning of "conclave" has also expanded to include gatherings that are not necessarily secret or private but simply involve people with shared interests.


1 : originating in or based on observation or experience

2 : relying on experience or observation alone often without due regard for system and theory

3 : capable of being verified or disproved by observation or experiment

4 : of or relating to empiricism

When "empirical" first appeared as an adjective in English, it meant simply "in the manner of an empiric." An empiric was a member of an ancient sect of doctors who practiced medicine based exclusively on experience, as contrasted with those who relied on theory or philosophy. The name "empiric" derives from Latin "empiricus," itselffrom Greek "empeirikos"("experienced"). It ultimately traces back to the verb "peiran," meaning "to try, attempt, or experiment."

Viva voce:


: by word of mouth : orally

"Viva voce" derives from Medieval Latin, where it translates literally as "with the living voice." In English it occurs in contexts, such as voting, in which something is done aloud for all to hear. Votes in Congress, for example, are done viva voce — members announce their votes by calling out "yea" or "nay." While the phrase was first used in English as an adverb in the 16th century, it can also appear as an adjective (as in "a viva voce examination") or a noun (where it refers to an examination conducted orally).



: whole, entire

"I've been workin' on the railroad, all the livelongday." So goes the American folk standard, and nowadays when we encounter the word "livelong" it is typically in the phrase "all the livelong day" or something similar. Although we don't see "livelong" much in prose anymore poets still love the word, possibly for its two distinct, alliterative syllables. Despite the resemblance, "livelong" does not mean the same thing as "lifelong" (as in "a lifelong friend"). In fact, the words are not closely related: the "live" in "livelong" derives from "lef," a Middle English word meaning "dear or beloved."

It's a busy day here. Again.

Nice weather and I hate being cooped up in nice weather. Esp when spring fever is starting to make itself felt.

We're supposed to get into the upper 70's and maybe even 80 all the rest of the week. Night time temps will still be cool-ish. I could live with this!

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174. redagainPatti
9:14 AM GMT on February 28, 2012
ok... had to come back and post again -
totally COOL words.. will you post some more up? Like each month at least?

I have only ONE to share...

Paraskevidekatria -

which if you have this, you will have to deal with it for three times this year...which is rare to have it three times in one year...
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173. redagainPatti
9:00 AM GMT on February 28, 2012
Hey and hi and sending lots of love to all in here and the owner of this blog!

Not back in WU much of the time but might get more time after three more months! small update... This is my last year teaching.. I am Going To The House ... as they say around here. For Real.... will take more care of my mom and of myself. Today I am getting a bit of my Missing WU pals taking care of by popping around to wave hi ... also testing out the computer which has been acting up.

ANYRATE... love you all and miss you a lot... hope the rest of the week goes well for all
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172. palmettobug53
5:24 PM GMT on February 27, 2012
Sorry to get everyone's wind up. Going AWOL was totally unplanned. I kept thinking, "I ought to crank up the 'puter and wave" but kept getting sucked into something on TV. "Eh, I'll do it after this movie is over" and that movie would segue into something else on TV and I just never got around to it.

It is WET here today. The morning commute wasn't too bad but it looks pretty much like it's been drizzling and showering all morning.

The tornados that touched down here Friday were up in the Midlands. One near the Aiken/Lexington county line and the other about 6 miles southwest of Pineville. There was some scattered wind damage as the storm passed through.

Afternoon Storms produces at least 2 tornados -WIS-TV
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171. sandiquiz
7:36 AM GMT on February 27, 2012
So there you are!

My previous cat was a white Persian. He liked to potter out in the garden if we were out there, then someone told me about a cat harness. He wore the harness, which was then attached to a long lead anchored in the middle of the lawn by a special "dog lead spiral thingy", and then around he would go, sniffing, mooching and enjoying the fresh air to his heart content.

Glad you were just vegetating...but please, in future, warn us on Friday lunchtime that you 'might' not be on the blogs over the weekend - we are worrisome individuals and as a collective, we just 'worry'!!

Have a great week :)
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170. Proserpina
12:09 AM GMT on February 27, 2012
Bug! Glad that you are ok as is your family. I do understand about taking time off from blogs and just vegetating or doing what needs to get done. Enjoy your shows.
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169. shoreacres
12:08 AM GMT on February 27, 2012
There her is! Good to see your post. Vegging about is totally commendable - but you're right about the bloodhound thing!

Have a good evening, and enjoy your shows!
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168. palmettobug53
12:06 AM GMT on February 27, 2012
Oh, and about all we got out of that storm Friday was a lot of wind. We had severe thunderstorm watches and warnings and I think there was a tornado watch but we didn't see any of that. We didn't even get much rain.

A tornado did touch down but I forget where. One house was destroyed and three were damaged but it wasn't anywhere near us.
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167. palmettobug53
11:57 PM GMT on February 26, 2012
Happy Sunday eve, everyone.

I didn't get online yesterday or earlier today due to a combination of sleeping in late, reading the paper, doing laundry and some outright laziness of vegging in front of the TV.

Les, I think you're right about 'kerflooey.' I've heard that looooong before 'Futurama' started airing.

Shore, it can take quite a while for birds to abandon a known feeding spot. I know. I had several years there where I felt like the entire pigeon population of Charleston was hanging out in my yard, sucking down the birdseed like vacuum cleaners. We tried taking the feeders down. They'd eventually leave but when I'd put the feeders back up? It wasn't but a day or two and they were all back.

I think what finally got rid of them was some hawks. The birdseed drew the pigeons and the pigeons drew the hawks.

I've had my feeders back up now for 3-4 years and I've not seen the first pigeon since.

Sandi, I've not left the house except to peg clothes on the line, get the mail yesterday and water plants/clean & refill the birdbath.

Oh, I did take Gus out in the back yard for a little while this afternoon. That was his third supervised outing. I think he enjoyed poking around and sniffing at things. We didn't stay out long and he didn't stray too far from the back stoop, either. He had been acting a lot like he wanted out, when I'd step out to take trash or recycling outside. I took him out Thursday after work for a few minutes, the same yesterday and about 20 minutes today.

He still spooks easily outside so he will not be going out unsupervised for quite some time to come. I also have a couple of spots along the bottome of the fence line that need to be covered or closed, so that he can't get out. With his wonky backquarters, I don't think I have to worry about him climbing over.

Pros, I knew I had to peek in before my shows start tonight. If I don't at least post a quick 'hello' after a day or two, ya'll will send out the search parties and set the bloodhounds on my trail.

Will check in tomorrow at lunch.
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166. Proserpina
3:52 PM GMT on February 26, 2012
A little bird told me that you have not been seen for a while, where are you? Are you AWOL pretty much as I have been? Hey girl, let's pick each other up and dance. Seriously, I hope that you are ok.
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165. shoreacres
1:58 PM GMT on February 26, 2012
Tiptoes in, looks around....

No Bug? Psssstttt! You in here?


Humph. Hope your crawled into a book or are catching up with your rest. Be back later to check.
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164. Ylee
12:20 PM GMT on February 26, 2012
Happy Sunday, bug! Hope you are doing well!
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163. sandiquiz
8:28 AM GMT on February 26, 2012
It is now Sunday morning -there's a gentle breeze, and a silver sky....
How was your Saturday? Were you busy, or did you lose power like someone said after the poor weather Friday night?

Whatever kept you from the blogs yesterday, I hope you are OK :-)
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162. shoreacres
2:34 PM GMT on February 25, 2012
Morning, Bug,

Did you get swacked with that weather last night? I saw that there had been a tornado somewhere in SC, but when I came over and peered at the radar, it looked like everything had moved away, and I didn't explore any farther to see where it might have been.

Any big plans for the weekend? I just did my first load of laundry (work towels) and have them strung around the bathroom rather than throwing them in the dryer. WHen I got my electricity bill yesterday, it was obvious more than gas at the pump is going up. I'm so glad that the fellas in DC have told us the economy is in great shape and there aren't any problems. It made me feel better when I filled up the car yesterday with gas that had jumped in price 16 cents in a week. Clearly, my fantasies about even semi-retirement need to be put on hold for a while. I'd been backing off a little and not taking on new customers, but I'd better quit that - especially since I've got a couple of customers who already have put their boats on the market. Grumpgrump...

I am going to start the great patio makeover this weekend. Step one is to prune, repot and clean. Then, I'm going to try and figure out how to get a little color out there. I just can't feed birds - even posting a sign that said "No pigeons allowed" didn't work. I thought since they'd disappeared I might give it another go, but it took about two minutes for them all to show up again. I think they must have had one of their group posted as a sentry, to keep an eye out.

Have a good day - I'm going to try and be a little productive myself!

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161. ofieldstream
2:58 AM GMT on February 25, 2012
Ah Buggs! My sincerest of condolences on the loss of your eloquent diatribe on your fellow WUbers. We shall only hope that you will regain parcels and repost as they become incanticized.

As to the way they left: kerflooey ... there is a bit of mind grabbing info on that word itself. Now.. you will no doubt say, "What? I've used that word since I was knee high to a gopher!" And no doubt you could be correct. I'm not to far from your genesis days of gophered measurement and I know I used it while trudging up and down my haunt of waters.

However, that said, this is the 'official documentation' of the origin of the word: kerflooey .

Don Martin, infamous Mad Magazine cartoonist used the word in one of his comic Futurama cartoon series (one of my all-time favorites!!) ..

In episode #307, "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" (2001), of Matt Groening's science-fiction animated television series Futurama, lead character Hermes Conrad mentions a planet called "Don Martin 3" that went "kerflooey", a homage to one of Martin's sound effects.[12]

Read more:

This was total serendipitous by-catch for me. LOVED IT!

Now go have yourself a Kachow cup-o-tea and relax. Maybe your missed missive will return. ". )

Have a wonderful weekend!

les O'fieldstream
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160. palmettobug53
5:35 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
Ah, garbage.... I had a whole comment typed in, responded to everyone and was just about done when I hit something and the whole thing went kerflooey.

Dang it.

Hi, Sandi, Les and Shore.

No time now to redo the whole thing so here is the Word of the Day:



1 : a trusted follower : a right-hand man

2 : a political follower whose support is chiefly for personal advantage

3 : a member of a gang

The earliest known examples of today's word in written English show it being used as a term for a squire or a page, but the word may have seen earlier use with the meaning "groom." It first appeared in Middle English at the beginning of the 15th century and is a combination of Old English "hengest" ("a male horse") and "man." In the late 1700s, "henchman" began to be used for the personal attendant of a Scottish Highland chief. This sense, made familiar to many English readers by Sir Walter Scott, led to the word's use in the broader sense of "right-hand man," which in turn evolved into the other meanings.
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159. shoreacres
4:58 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
Morning, Bug -

Time for a patented Bug Fly-by. Didn't want you to think you've been forgotten, because you haven't! Hope the day's going well. I'm just done with early lunch and heading back out - windy to the max here today. At least it's 60. If it were 40, I'd not be going back to work, in this wind!

I've never heard of duende - exegesis is familiar. Maybe if I had more charm and allure I'd know about duende! LOL

We've been innundated with redwing blackbirds recently. I think spring is stirring around.

Have a good afternoon - check with you this weekend.
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158. sandiquiz
4:48 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
I was link hopping and came across a page where the word lipogram was being described.
It means without or lacking a letter.

Here is the nursery rhyme "Mary had a little lamb" ...

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go

And here it is again after it had been "lipogrammed" - and the letter "o" removed.

Mary had a little lamb
The bleached and chalky kind.
And everywhere she went, the lamb
Was rarely left behind.

Clever, eh:)
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157. ofieldstream
3:30 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
Hei Buggs .. just dropped in to let you know, I did the same as you on Minnouchette's blog. I saw a 'tickle' ran over to see if 'she had posted' to find your note regarding my earlier post. '. )))) So, I spared you the 'empty find', by posting here, this recount, instead. ". )

I forgot you did the word game. Most enjoyable. I LOVE words and their etymology. Thus, I reckon I cannot leave without positing my own intrepid offering.

Pulling the first letters of your last three offerings:

A - anticrepuscular
V - verbatim
E - exegesis

I therefore offer up the following word: AVENTURINE

As in, "I wish for you a most aventurine day."

Thus, offering up a reverse anticrepusuclar salutation, in the verbatim exegesis on, 'Have a wonderful day'.

NOTE: Seek the solace of the more 'solar' definition. ".)

I must say, I do enjoy the last few offerings. I had heard of 'anticrepuscular' before, but had forgotten it - until the read of the link provided. Way cool.
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156. sandiquiz
1:18 PM GMT on February 24, 2012
Hope today is better than yesterday. It is Friday, so I hope it goes quickly!
Hope the weather behaves for your "chores" tomorrow :)

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155. palmettobug53
5:18 PM GMT on February 23, 2012
Hi, ho, everyone.

Things are much better today. Everything is back up and running, with no apparent problems.

ycd, that's bad. Really bad.



ylee, I don't think I've ever seen that before. That was a cool picture and interesting info. Just proves that you're never too old to learn something new!

A busy day here at work but not overwhelming, thank heavens. I like enough work to make the day seem to go by fast but not so much that I'm freaking out like Chicken Little.

I've a couple of neat Words of the Day to share:



Duende -


: the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm

The word "duende" refers to a spirit in Spanish, Portuguese, and Filipino folklore and literally means "ghost" or "goblin" in Spanish. It is believed to derive from the phrase "dueňo de casa," which means "owner of a house." The term is traditionally used in flamenco music or other art forms to refer to the mystical or powerful force given off by a performer to draw in the audience. The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote in his essay "Teoria y Juego del Duende" ("Play and Theory of the Duende") that duende "is a power and not a behavior . . . a struggle and not a concept." Nowadays the term appears in a broader range of contexts to refer to one's unspoken charm or allure.

Exegesis -


: exposition, explanation; especially : an explanation or critical interpretation of a text

Theological scholars have long been preoccupied with interpreting the meanings of various passages in the Bible. In fact, because of the sacred status of the Bible in both Judaism and Christianity, biblical interpretation has played a crucial role in both of those religions throughout their histories. English speakers have used the word "exegesis" — a descendant of the Greek term "exegeisthai," meaning "to explain" or "to interpret" — to refer to explanations of Scripture since the early 17th century. Nowadays, however, academic writers interpret all sorts of texts, and "exegesis" is no longer associated mainly with the Bible.

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154. palmettobug53
5:44 PM GMT on February 22, 2012
Just a quick fly by.... will have to reply later.

Had computer problems here at work. It's just been fixed but I'd taken lunch while I was waiting.
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153. Ylee
6:28 PM GMT on February 21, 2012
Hi, bug! I saw a neat word, and a neat photo to go with it, too! Anticrepuscular!

Hope work finishes well!
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152. ycd0108
6:10 PM GMT on February 21, 2012
What exactly did the lexicographer say after his fellow explorer told the cannibals to "Chow down"?
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151. palmettobug53
5:29 PM GMT on February 21, 2012
Oh, I zipped off without saying anything to my visitors!

Sandi, there don't seem to be too many 'crazies' on my backroad route to Dad's and back. It's on the interstate (like your M highways) that has the crazy drivers.

Traffic was really light coming home, which was nice. probably because it was Sunday and the weather wasn't all that optimum for outdoor activities.

Karen, that is dogs for you! It doesn't matter how long you are gone; 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days. They go beserk the minute you reappear!

Cats like to maintain that cool, calm, collected and slightly indifferent attitude. If they had shades, they'd wear them! LOL
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150. palmettobug53
5:20 PM GMT on February 21, 2012
Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone!

Laissez les bons temps rouler, bébé!

Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we fast.

They're having a big Fat Tuesday bash over in The Horseshoe today. Music, food trucks, food vendors at tables/stands, boiled peanuts, popcorn and beads, beads, beads.

I was going to go but I've got so much work on my desk. Plus, I didn't bring a sweater or jacket and it is a bit chilly out there.

There's always next year.

We don't seem to have but one webcam. It used to show The Horseshoe right in front of the Colbert Library, so you would have been able to see some of the stuff going on. When I brought it up, it now shows nothing but Ashley Avenue. Not much of anything to see, unless a car goes by or someone crosses at the crosswalk. Big whoop.
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149. SBKaren
1:36 AM GMT on February 21, 2012
Hi Bug - it sounds like you had a nice visit with your dad, and not too bad of driving conditions to and fro. It's always nice to be home, isn't it? There isn't anything like your own comfy bed!

So glad that Gus was happy to see you! The cats don't recognize me when I get home. Not glad, not sad, not mad...they just ARE! But Sadie, on the other hand, gets excited to see me all the time. Even if we go for a walk and I leave her and Randy outside a store waiting for me for 5 minutes, when I get outside the store, you would've thought I was gone for hours! It's nice to be missed though :)

Happy Monday evening!
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