Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Skimble-Skamble ~ WordWayzzz™ APRIL 2023

It’s Spring an’ We’re Singin’ All Night! 

I’ve been Spring-skimming! (I just made up a word!) It’s amazing what fun and interesting words you can find, simply skimming the pages of your dictionary. And you must use a handheld tome! The experience isn’t nearly as fun, online. While I’m skimming, I’m singing, just to make it more fun.

Check out what my skimming & humming brings us this month … I swear, it’s in my Webster’s dictionary and I am not befuddled … 

SKIMBLE-SKAMBLE (,skim-bǝl-'skam-bǝl; 1596) adj. – rambling and confused : senseless. [WW #328] 

Many words have come and gone in our dictionaries over the centuries. Sometimes, a word will be granted a few years of grace before falling into the “archaic” category, just before being dumped altogether.

Somehow, skimble-skamble has clung to life in the Webster’s dictionary since 1596. Let’s celebrate its tenacity!

We can all be considered in a skimble-skamble state at times—after a weekend of partying, in our first waking moments after a deep sleep, or when in a hurry to meet an important deadline. Scattered thoughts can quickly slip into a dazed and confused disposition.  

Skimble-skamble is a perfectly inane word for an often-silly state of mind. But to a more serious connotation, it’s associated with conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s, or could even indicate a serious injury to the head.

For our purposes, we can apply skimble-skamble to a wide range of writings, from nonfiction/medical for instance, to a fictional character scene. The very nature of its spelling and pronunciation, however, can’t help but point us toward the silly side of things.

April’s Song of Note  
I found just the hit-bound example on this month’s WFIL/Philadelphia April 2, 1973 music chart, to demonstrate a musical version of skimble-skamble.
       "Drinking Wine Spo-dee O'dee" is the “modern” version of a jump-blues tune written by Stick McGhee and J. Mayo Williams, and recorded (around the same time) in 1949 as "Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee."
       So starting with the slightly skewed title, skimble-skamble began, and Jerry Lee Lewis’ late 20th century version hit the bottom of the Top 30. Can you just imagine your book’s character singing this song?
Wine Wine Wine Elderberry | Wine Wine Wine Oh Sherry | Wine Wine Wine Blackberry | Wine Wine Wine Half and Half | Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee Drinkin' Wine Say what? The words speak for themselves and Jerry Lee Lewis was, as always, the energetic piano man ... 50 Years Ago this Month LOL

Word Challenge: SKIMBLE-SKAMBLE. May your words not be rambling and confused, as you fit skimble-skamble into your month of creative writings and casual conversations.

Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)   

Cheers to learning a new word today!


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[LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books in her Blast from Your Past series (of three) about pioneering R&R Radio DJs. True behind-the-mic tales make GREAT Holiday and anytime Gifts available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The First Five Years 1954-1959; and Book 2Rock & Roll Radio DJs: The Swinging Sixties. Coming soon … The Psychedelic Seventies!]

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