Thursday, December 17, 2015

Throwback Thursday December 17, 2015 – Swampwater, yum

Oops! Missed Wordplay Wednesday! Let’s have fun with a Throwback Thursday Wordplay!

“Back in the day,” let’s say 1950s – 1970s, A&W Root Beer gave Coke and Pepsi a run for the money. Roy W. Allen – the “A” in A&W – opened his first roadside root beer stand in Lodi, California (1919).

Yep, that’s just down the road from Modesto – which gave us American Graffiti, complements of George Lucas’s memories of 1962.

Let me take you back … to a simpler time of A&W drive-in restaurants, car hops and Swamp rock

How did you drink your A&W Root Beer? I mixed mine up ...

SWAMPWATER: Half A&W Root Beer and half Orange Drink [back in the day, only Orange Crush would do as the mixer].  

So where were you in ’62 ... or as this long ago drive-in car hop recalls, 1967...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wordplay Wednesday™ December 9, 2015 – Holiday Wodge

Holiday fudge? Yum! Ummmm …

Feeling a bit bulky this Holiday season? Ah … yeah … the fun fudge, extra Christmas cocktails, and full-on four-, eight-, ten-course meals are already beginning to bulge.

You mean, you feel a wodge around your middle?
WODGE (wăj) – n. (Brit. informal) a chunk or lump of something [an object having a lumpy bulgy shape – like, I’m feeling kinda wodgey today].

The Brits are fun to follow for vocabulary. It’s so much more interesting and somehow less filling to say you’re a bit wodgey today, rather than fat or full, ya know? While we’re munching ... 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wordplay Wednesday™ December 2, 2015 – Otiose Holiday Vanity

You’re So Vain …

Since I’m a day late and a dollar short (again) this will be a quickie Wordplay word. (I know, hooray!)

During the Holiday time of year, with numerous parties, events, and special attention to fashions, we tend to go overboard wondering and worrying about our looks. (I used to – I’m a Boomer now – doesn’t matter so much! Heehee.)

We all know one or two friends or relatives, male or female, who stroll by a festive shop window and slow down to pat their hair in its reflection, with pleased self-admiration. There’s a word for this pretentious, vain, action …

OTIOSE (ōʹshē ōsʹ, ōtʹē-) – adj. 1) [Rare] idle; indolent; 2) ineffective, futile; 3) useless, superfluous – SYN. vain.
Anyone you know?

Try to remember, underneath the vanity and perhaps pompous attitude, is a person clamoring for attention. ‘Tis the season – better to give than receive.

Bestow Holiday praise on those who may act a bit too self-absorbed, but who demonstrate with worthy actions, that beauty can be more than skin deep.

They’ll appreciate your kindness and it’s a gift that will keep on giving – along with the day-at-the-spa gift card, or custom basket of healthy skin care itemsjust helping out with a tip! (Hint, hint.)


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