Where’s Ives?

Ives is on his way to the Royal Wedding. He’s convinced that he can pass for one of the queen’s relatives.


Word Play

Can you match the following words with a definition on the right? Use a dictionary or Dictionary.com if needed. Or check the answers below.

1. sanguine                        a. lacking strength or vitality
2. termagant                      b. ruddy; confident; optimistic
3. putrescent                      c. foul-smelling; morally rotten; corrupt
4. picaresque                      d. shrewish; scolding; turbulent
5. enervated                       e. involving rogues or scoundrels, often clever

Your assignment is to casually work at least three of those words into a conversation this week. (And no, it doesn’t count to ask the other person if he or she knows what the word means!)

The answers are: a, b, c, d, and e, but not necessarily in that order. ☺

In memoriam

Today’s post is in memory of my father, who passed away on April 17 so many years ago, long before he should have.

My dad was not often given to poetry of the literary type, but one of my fondest memories is hearing him proudly recite the whole of “I wandered lonely as a cloud” (sometimes called “The Daffodils”) by William Wordsworth(1770-1850), a poem he had memorized as a kid. He’d always end with a funny little jig, which was much more his style.

With love, from the five daffodils he left behind.

Beginnings & Endings

Today’s post is in honor of Kurt Vonnegut (11/11/1922-4/11/2007), whose memorable stories and characters have entertained so many. For more about his life and work, click here and here. And for a look at his art, click here.

I selected the novel Cat’s Cradle (1963) for beginning and ending sentences (and ended up rereading the book).

Instead of one sentence, I’ll use the short beginning paragraph. Vonnegut’s narrator introduces himself thus:
“Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.”

After Jonah’s encounter with the three children of Dr. Felix Hoenikker, not to mention Bokonon, he quotes the final sentence from The Books of Bokonon:
“If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.”

Word Play

Today’s post is motivated by a local news station, whose writers/reporters must work for the Department of Redundancy Department.

Click here for a good explanation about the correct usage of the words “reason,” “why,” and “because.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.