Wacky Wednesday: December 9

Today isn’t filled with the usual amount of wackiness. That doesn’t we can’t make a little wackier on our own. We still have many old English insults to go through for our wacky words. First is Gnashgab. This is an 18th century northern English word for someone who only ever complains. We’ve all met someone like that. For a short time, I was someone like that. I’m better now. Our next word is Gobermouch. This is an old Irish word for a nosy, prying person who likes to interfere in other people’s business. I think I used to be like that too…

We only have a couple holidays to celebrate today. First, we have National Pastry Day. Pastry is a name given to a multitude of baked goods. They are most often made with ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder, and eggs. Pastries can be traced as far back as the ancient Mediterranean. Our final holiday today is Weary Willie Day. This day recognizes the art of clowning and the impact it has on our lives. This holiday was named for the character made famous by Emmett Kelly, who was born on this day in 1898. He was the first sad, down-on-his-luck clown or as I like to call it, the Hobo Clown.

So, get yourself a pastry from your favorite bakery, give some change to that Hobo Clown in your lives, and avoid the Gnashgabs and Gobermouches. Go make someone’s day a little wackier.

Throwback Thursday Poetry: Loki the Clown

laughter, laughter all around
for you see i am a clown
the make-up, the hat, i’m loved by the crowd

the crowd disperses, i exit to my chambers
the creature within now becomes angered
the satisfaction of slaughter shall be savored

you laugh at me now, you laughed at me then
it’s your demise that now begins
in my presence all have sinned

Early poetry from James. From the poetry collection Pariah Bound: The Lonesome Poetry.