Wacky Wednesday: March 24

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday where we explore some wacky words along with some wacky holidays. We will continue our exploration into slang words from the 1920s. Some of these are still used today. Our first word, Baby, refers to any person and can be used for any gender. Folks in Hollywood still talk this way. Maybe you’ve heard your grandparents say something’s a lot of Baloney. They mean it’s nonsense or something not to be believed. The phrase Be on the nut means to be broke. I want to bring that phrase back. It’s fun to say. And finally, a Bean-shooter is another name for a firearm.

We have two token food holidays today. Today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day and National Cheesesteak Day. They both are delicious. Cheesesteaks are sandwiches first developed in South Philadelphia. Today is also National Equal Pay Day. This day changes annually and occurs in March or April to represent how far into the year a woman works to earn as much as a man for the same work. Currently, women make about $0.82 to $0.85 for every $1 earned by men. It’s time to close the wage gap. This holiday was started in 1996 by the National Committee on Pay Equity.

Wacky Wednesday: March 17

For today’s Wacky Wednesday, we are starting with a new list of words. We now begin our trek into 1920’s slang. We’re bringing some of these terms back for the 2020’s. Many of these have short definitions so you’re getting many of them at once. First, we have Alderman which means a man’s potbelly. Next is Ameche (I’m not sure about pronunciation), which stood for a telephone. Then we have Ankle which has two meanings. As a verb is means to walk. As a noun is means a woman. And as a nice segue, our last word for the day is Babe which also refers to a woman.

For our holidays today, we all know it’s St. Patrick’s Day and I’m not going to get into the history or origins because there are a thousand other places you can find that info. If you don’t like research, we can’t be friends. Our token food holiday is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day. This is appropriate for all the “Irish for a day” folks out there. I happen to be 10% Irish, so my celebrations have a different meaning this year. And finally, on the third Wednesday of March every year, it’s National Small Business Development Centers Day. SBDCs support entrepreneurs in the pursuit of small business ownership. Have a drink for the folks who’ve been helping small businesses since 1976.

Wacky Wednesday: March 10

Well, we’ve come to the end of our exploration into old English insults. We’ve met some interesting words along the way and the final two are just as interesting. Our first word is Yaldson. This is a 15th century word meaning “the son of a prostitute.” I’m sure that was insulting and painful in the 15th century. Our next word is Zoilist. It refers to someone who is overly critical and a judgmental nitpicker. The word comes from Zoilus who was a Greek grammarian that became known as one of the most vitriolic critics of Homer, author of “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey.” 

We have many holidays to celebrate today. For our token food holiday, we have National Blueberry Popover Day. Popovers are airy rolls that puff up when baked and are often filled with creams, custards, and fruits, especially blueberries. It’s also National Pack Your Lunch Day which I consider a food holiday. If you enjoy Super Mario and Nintendo games, today is National Mario Day. The most important holidays to celebrate today are National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and, every second Wednesday of March, National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. I’m not sure if dietitians and nutritionists would approve of blueberry popovers for lunch.