Wacky Wednesday: November 11

We have a short Wacky Wednesday today as there are only a couple holidays and a couple of words. We are continuing defining old school insults for people. Our first noun is a Dew-beater. This is an 18th century word for a large shoe, and consequently a clumsy or awkward person. It can also refer to someone who rises early getting the morning dew on their shoes. Dorbel is another noun meaning a petty, nitpicking teacher. It is also another name for a nincompoop. The name is derived from an old French scholar named Nicolas d’Orbellis, who was well known as a supporter of the philosopher John Duns Scotus whose followers were the original “dunces.”

As for holidays, there are only two. The first is Veterans Day, which coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries to mark the anniversary to the end of World War I. It was renamed Veterans Day in the United States in 1954. And in an unrelated note, today is also National Sundae Day. An ice cream sundae usually consists of one or two scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup. It will then include other toppings including whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Go out and thank a veteran and offer to purchase them an ice cream sundae.

Wacky Wednesday: August 19

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday. We’ve all survived another wacky week and since it’s 2020 things can only get more bizarre. Our first word for today is Impignorate. This transitive verb has a simple definition. It means to pledge, pawn, or mortgage. Our next is Jentacular. An adjective which means of or pertaining to a breakfast taken early in the morning, or immediately on getting up. I guess most people don’t eat breakfast right away. I’m always hungry when I wake up, but I start with coffee.

Our national holidays today are a little all over the place. First is National Bow Day. This refers to bows on clothing and in one’s hair. Men wore bow ties in the 18th century and, as fashion trends changed, women began wearing them to accessorize. Next we have National Aviation Day which was started in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday as this holiday. Finally, we have National Soft Ice Cream Day. Soft serve ice cream has been popular since the 1930s. It contains less milk fat than hard ice cream and isn’t kept as cold as hard ice cream.

Sounds like a lot of fun things to celebrate today. If nothing else, get yourself some ice cream and throw some bows in your hair. And if you want to wear a bow tie, please get a real one and not a clip on. We need to make bow ties popular again.

Wacky Wednesday: June 10

For this week’s Wacky Wednesday, we have a couple fun words and a whole lot of things to celebrate. The first word is something we’ve all herd but maybe didn’t know the name for it. Borborygmus is a noun which means a rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas in the intestines. Whether pouring water from a cup or enjoying a bit of flatulence, we’ve all heard borborygmus before. Next is Callipygian which is an adjective meaning having a well-shaped buttocks. I’m sure everyone can slip that phrase into everyday conversation. Though I would avoid using it in the workplace.

There are several national holidays today. The first one is National Ballpoint Pen Day. The day celebrates the anniversary of the patent filing for the ballpoint pen on June 10, 1943. Prior to that, folks used fountain pens and pencils or quills. The other national holidays, like so many others, have to do with food. Who doesn’t enjoy food? We have National Egg Roll DayNational Herbs and Spices DayNational Iced Tea Day, and finally National Black Cow Day. Black Cow was another name for a Root Beer Float. It was traditionally made with vanilla ice cream and root beer though any cola beverage and any flavor ice cream can still taste delicious.

Use the new wacky words you learned. Write them with a ballpoint pen. Make some egg rolls with your favorite spices. Have some iced tea (I’m from the South and only drink sweet tea). And enjoy a Root Beer Float for dessert. This sounds like a good plan for the day.