The incessant questions from my daughter has kicked into gear. Yesterday she caught me short with this one;

“What’s a country?”

My mind automatically does something like this: Noun, person, place, thing…

My mouth does this:

“It’s a place…defined by physical borders, politics and culture.”

She was silent.

I hope I didn’t break that particular train of thought. I hope I planted a seed instead. I’ve got to get better at this real quick.


Christina’s World, Wyeth (MoMA)

grass widow 


a : a discarded mistress

b : a woman who has had an illegitimate child
a : a woman whose husband is temporarily away from her

b : a woman divorced or separated from her husband
“That’s some archaic bullshit right there. Grass widow. You may as well just say a woman without a man. As if she’s useless without one.”

can·ny  (kn)
adj. can·ni·er, can·ni·est
1. Careful and shrewd, especially where one’s own interests are concerned.
2. Cautious in spending money; frugal.
3. Scots
a. Steady, restrained, and gentle.
b. Snug and quiet.

As in: “You are too canny to lose this job.”

I’ve always liked this word, and then I looked up the etymology. It’s Scots, of course


1. frisson, shiver, chill, quiver, shudder, thrill, tingle an almost pleasurable sensation of fright

Not to be confused with frission


Ne’er do well:

A person who is lazy and irresponsible.

Perfect. Chopped up and cobbled together, just like it ought to.



As in…

“Discovering I am the only person in the office who knows what Bukkake is makes me feel like I found a carbuncle on my soul. I spend too much time on the internet.”



I would love to see this word make a comeback, and move closer towards its original meaning…

“When she was brought before Adam, Virago was the name he gave to her; Therefore she is called Virago, For she was made out of the man.”

Thanks Wikipedia!


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