This week's will be words from Ogden Nash. All credit to hic et ubique, who graciously provided the words and the Nash quotes. Any errors of definition or commentary, however, are mine.
quote:How many gifted pens have penned That mother is a boy's best friend! How many more with like afflatus Award the dog that honored status! I hope my tongue in prune juice smothers If I belittle dogs or mothers, But gracious, how can I agree? I know my own best friend is Me. – Versus (1949)
afflatus – a strong creative impulse, lit. or fig. born of divine inspiration
The etymology is a sweetly poetic image of inspiration, for afflatus comes from Latin afflare, to blow at or breathe on. It is a sibling of inflate and deflate.
quote:The Calf from I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1935)
Pray, butcher, spare yon tender calf! Accept my plea on his behalf; He's but a babe, too young by far To perish in the abattoir. Oh, cruel butcher, let him feed Antd gambol on the verdant mead; Let clovertops and grassy banks Fill out those childish ribs and flanks. Then may we, at some future meal, Pitch into beef, instead of veal.
Bonus word: mead - a meadow [A separate word, with a separate history, is "mead - an alcoholic beverage of femented honey".]
Actually it's more like Fuller's Honey Dew. It is described on their site thus:
Organic Honey Dew is a refreshing golden beer which is brewed entirely from English organic malt and hops and is laced with the finest organic honey, which lends the beer not only a wonderfully aromatic nose, but also outstanding smoothness. The natural sweetness, however, is perfectly counterpoised by the Target hops, which provide a zesty finish to the flavour. 5% ABV in bottle and 4.3% in cask.
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guerdon – reward, recompense (noun and verb) samaritan - one ready and generous in helping those in distress
Nash laments: If a celebrity does a good deed, the plaudits flow in the press. If an Ordinary Joe does a good deed, nobody notices.
quote:We could guide old ladies across the street, And stand old ladies a bite to eat And give old ladies a lift to town, And help old ladies knock the landlord down, And a damn would be given by nobody.
I am, I've said, a kindly man, Of less than modest wealth, And I sometimes tire, as a person can, Of doing good by stealth. I frequently go without a meal That an orphan may have his, But the lonely inner glow I feel My only guerdon is. O, oft I've handed some hag in weeds My final Camel or Tareyton, But nobody chronicles the deeds Of this Forgotten Samaritan.
gossoon – a young boy (Irish; informal) pergola – a frame structure with a latticework roof, to support climbing plants punctilio – precise observance of the proper formalities; also, a fine or over-fine point of etiquette
quote:The Eternal Vernal (excerpted) from Versus (1949)
Forgive this singsong, It's just my spring song. All winter like the blossoms I've been playing possums, But with April adjacent I'm a possum renascent. I'm a gossoon once more, Not forty-five, but forty-four. I where the herring do In search of derring-do. I crouch in a pergola To catch me a burgola. I woo nymphs like billy-o With my well known punctilio, Which unless I've progressed Is the punkest tilio by actual test. In a word it is spring, And I can do any thing.