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AWADmail Issue 747

A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Tidbits about Words and Language

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From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
Subject: Interesting stories from the Net

What It’s Like to Learn a Second Language When You Can’t Read and Write in Your First
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From: Ramar Quacko (ramar.quacko gmail.com)
Subject: ruminate

Maybe I was slightly off when I called this “ruminant”.

Ramar Quacko, Maastricht, Netherlands

From: Andre Desnoyers (desnoyers msn.com)
Subject: ruminating

One day some serious enough brahmin, met in a Vishnu temple in India, told me, very religiously, that one of the best ways to communicate with god was to look deeply into the eyes of a cow... I’ve been ruminating on that one ever since!

André Desnoyers, Seattle, Washington

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From: Elizabeth Westmark (ejwestmark gmail.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--bushwa

My late father is the only person I knew who used the word bushwa. He was from a tiny town on the Florida/Alabama border called Jay, Florida. His family’s farm was in a wide spot in the road called Dixonville. It was in Alabama, but since the only hospital in the area was in Jay, my daddy was born a Floridian. My mother wouldn’t allow him to swear real cuss words, so “Ah, bushwa!” was as rough as it got around our house. Thanks for stimulating a memory. W.T.’s been gone since 1964 when I was little kid of 13.

Elizabeth Westmark, Pensacola, Florida

From: Tessa van Rooyen (tessnic iburst.co.za)
Subject: Bushwa or Bushwah

So interested about today’s word as both my Afrikaans husband and his brother say “boogiewah” to describe something they deem a bit crazy or weird.

Tessa van Rooyen, Cape Town, South Africa

From: Alex McCrae (ajmccrae277 gmail.com)
Subject: ruminate and obambulate

Illustration: Alex McCrae
Illustration: Alex McCrae
I thought it would be “thought-provoking” to pose the seated master modernist French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, ruminating over his next creative challenge, what would ultimately actualize as probably his most widely renowned, iconic work -- his pensive, powerful, consumed-in-deep-thought male figure... The Thinker.

In the spirit of famed former underground cartoonist, R. Crumb, I’ve co-opted his 1960’s “Keep On Truckin’!” exhortation with a slightly more prescient twist, i.e., “Keep On Obambulatin’!” President Obama is fast approaching the “sunset” of his eight-year tenure as our president. But as a still vital, brilliant, caring, relatively young man clearly committed to public service, I see him confidently striding toward new horizons and personal challenges, fulfilling a destiny that has many glowing chapters yet to come.

Alex McCrae, Van Nuys, California

From: Jimmy Hoeks (jhoeks objectmastery.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--trumpery

How did whoever invented this word in 1481 know that there would, one day, be a person called “Trump” who would epitomise all three of its meanings?

Jimmy Hoeks, Melbourne, Australia

From: Nidia Edfelt (nidia.edfelt comcast.net)
Subject: Re: trumpery

In Spanish there is the very common word tramposo, which probably derives from the same Latin root as does the English word trumpery (via French tromper). Tramposo (adj.) means cheat, dishonest, swindler, crook. As a matter of fact, my Spanish-speaking friends and I refer to Trump as “el trumposo”.

Nidia Edfelt, Saratoga, California

From: Gisele Mesnage (giselemesnage bigpond.com)
Subject: Trumpery or Hilarity?

Had a good laugh at this week’s theme. I have to say, between trumpery and hilarity, the world would be much better off with hilarity! ;) Many thanks for this light-hearted but very well-timed theme!

Gisele Mesnage, Sydney, Australia

From: Terry Morgan (tdmorgan qg.com)
Subject: YOU have to be kidding...

I am unsubscribing today after your insulting “Trumpeter” which was all negative and now TODAY’s “Hilarity” which is all positive.

Terry Morgan, Thomaston, Georgia

You think there’s something to nominative determinism?
-Anu Garg

From: Dharam Khalsa (dharamkk2 gmail.com)
Subject: Anagrams of this week’s words

The anagram to the right is composed of all letters in the five words below, plus this heading:
1. ruminate
2. bushwa
3. obambulate
4. trumpery
5. hilarity
= Are they related? Well...
1. meditate, to go within, with Rumi
2. prevaricate, bullsh*t, as Bush
3. step, as Obama
4. big-dough nonsense of Trump
5. mirth of Hillary
The text in the right box is an anagram of the text in the left.

Dharam Khalsa, Burlington, North Carolina

From: Robert Jordan (alfiesdad ymail.com)
Subject: This week’s words anagrammed

1. ruminate
2. bushwa
3. obambulate
4. trumpery
5. hilarity
= 1. hammer away
2. bull
3. saunter about
4. tripe I buy
5. mirth

Robert Jordan, Lampang, Thailand

From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
Subject: Limericks

“When your bills pile up and accumulate,”
Says the Donald, “Don’t worry or ruminate.
On your debts just default,
Then some women assault
And your spirits will quickly rejuvenate.”
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

With words man can harangue or cogitate,
while Elsie and Bossy simply urinate
upon the grassy plain,
releasing deadly methane
gases with dispassion as they ruminate.
-Mariana Warner, Asheville, North Carolina (marianaw37 gmail.com)

Says Ivanka, “Yes, Jewish I am,
But my Dad isn’t part of the clan.
He spouts so much bushwa
We know he’s got chutzpah.
The trouble is that he’s a ham.”
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

In primaries, Trump bashed what Jeb said,
Called him a low-energy blockhead,
Accused him of bushwa,
Made fun of his Bush ma,
And then he began to insult Ted.
-Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York (perrinjoan aol.com)

Although she’s quite aware
that he behind her chair
with threat’ning gait,
she keeps her cool, whate’er.
-Anne Thomas, Sedona, Arizona (antom earthlink.net)

During the final debate,
Trump shamefully sealed his fate.
The mood was so tense
That Mrs. Pence
Said: “Mike, let’s obambulate.”
-Judith Marks-White, Westport, Connecticut (joodth snet.net)

The current political trumpery
that some think merely laughable mumpery
is no comfort to me;
scary outcome I see
and it makes me feel down in the dumpery.
-Zelda Dvoretzky, Haifa, Israel (zeldahaifa gmail.com)

Said the Donald, his face scowling grumpily,
“I’d never engage in such trumpery.
You really don’t get it,
Please give me some credit,
I won’t grab a girl who wears frumpery.”
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

A discussion about gender parity
might to some be a cause for hilarity,
but a presidentess
would make less of a mess
and subject us to much less vulgarity.
-Zelda Dvoretzky, Haifa, Israel (zeldahaifa gmail.com)

Both Clinton and Trump have a charity,
But between them there’s no similarity.
“Let’s treat HIV”
Or, “Buy pictures of me.”
It’s so sad that it’s almost hilarity.
-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

From: Phil Graham (pgraham1946 cox.net)
Subject: Epon-amiss puns

Our pet cow was sad so she went to her ruminate balefully.

“If it hadn’t a’been fer Bushwa we’d a’never found them WMDs. We did, didn’ we?...”

Since I began submitting puns in May 2015, eight previous AWADs have ended with the “ulate” suffix. Each time I bent it into “you late”. However, I’m giving “obambulate” a different treatment than I gave to my other four pair o’ pathetic puns.

Versus 6 spades, partner led a club. With no clubs in my hand, I thought, “I better trumpery might make his bid.”

Golfers know that in hilarity shot goes farther than it does in valley air.

Phil Graham, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Language is the amber in which a thousand precious and subtle thoughts have been safely embedded and preserved. -Richard C. Trench, poet (1807-1886)

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