Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Not a Good Look


funny word of the day: dungarees

I have never used this word to describe my jeans but I feel like I might if I were a farmer or from the South. Then I'd say something old-fashioned like, "Look Pa, I made a rip in these here dungarees. Dang!"
Otherwise known as "overalls," these are not usually a good look for anyone.
Definition from Merriam-Webster:

dun·ga·ree
Pronunciation:
\ˌdəŋ-gə-ˈrē, ˈdəŋ-gə-ˌ\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Hindi dũgrī & Urdu dungrī
Date:
1673
1: a heavy coarse durable cotton twill woven from colored yarns ; specifically : blue denim 2plural : clothes made usually of blue denim
— dun·ga·reed \-ˈrēd, -ˌrēd\ adjective

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pork Mush: The Pennsylvania Treat


funny word of the day: scrapple

According to Wikipedia:

Scrapple (similar to pon haus) (Pennsylvania Dutch) is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and flour, often buckwheat flour and spices. (Pon haus uses only the broth from cooked meat.) The mush is formed into a semi-solid congealed loaf, and slices of the scrapple are then panfried before serving. Scraps of meat left over from butchering, not used or sold elsewhere, were made into scrapple to avoid waste. Scrapple is best known as a regional American food of the Mid-Atlantic States (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland). Scrapple and Pon hause are commonly considered an ethnic food of the Mennonite and Amish, or Pennsylvania Dutch. Scrapple is found in supermarkets throughout the region in both fresh and frozen refrigerated cases, and it can sometimes be found in frozen form in cities as far away as Los Angeles.

Scrapple is typically made of hog offal, such as the head, heart, liver, and other scraps, which are boiled with any bones attached (often the entire head), to make a broth. Once cooked, bones and fat are discarded, the meat is reserved, and (dry) cornmeal is boiled in the broth to make a mush. The meat, finely minced, is returned, and seasonings, typically sage, thyme, savory, black pepper and others are added. The mush is formed into loaves and allowed to cool thoroughly until set. The proportions and seasoning are very much a matter of the region and the cook's taste.

Personally, I have never tried scrapple but I can't say it sounds particularly appealing. If anyone has tasted it and wants to share their experience, please do. And if you're interested in making your own scrapple (I am not), here's a recipe: http://lynnescountrykitchen.net/amish/scrapple.html

That's One Horny Pooch!


Since I didn't get to post the last two days, here are the FWOTDs from Saturday, 7/25 & Sunday, 7/26, respectively:

funny word of the day: horny

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

horny
Pronunciation:
\ˈhȯr-nē\
Function:
adjective
Inflected Form(s):
horn·i·er; horn·i·est
Date:
14th century
1 a: of or made of horn b: hard, callous c: compact and homogeneous with a dull luster —used of a mineral 2: having horns 3 [horn erect penis + 1-y] a: desiring sexual gratification b: excited sexually
— horn·i·ness noun

funny word of the day: pooch

1pooch
Pronunciation:
\ˈpüch\
Function:
verb
Etymology:
alteration of 1pouch
Date:
circa 1923
chiefly dialect : bulge

2pooch
Function:
noun
Etymology:
origin unknown
Date:
1924
: dog

Funny Sentence of the Day


Once again, my friend Michael came up with a sentence using past FWOTDs. He clearly has a lot of time on his hands!

Stewing from a recent breakup I decided to pick up this totally wasted, cockeyed saloon hussy and when I got her home she whipped out her marshmallows and shook her big caboose in my face thinking it would turn me on. Alas, all it did was make my canoe loose so I sent her on her way.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Can't Recall This Candy...or Ever Actually Using this Word


funny word of the day: bonkers

Definition from Merriam-Webster:
bon·kers
Pronunciation:
\ˈbäŋ-kərz, ˈbȯŋ-\
Function:
adjective
Etymology:
perhaps from bonk + -ers (as in crackers)
Date:
circa 1948
: crazy, mad

Evidently, and I don't really remember this, Bonkers was also a popular chewy candy in the 80s.

From Wikipedia:
Bonkers was a candy offering from Nabisco in the mid 1980s. It consisted of chewable rectangular shaped candies with a fruity outside and an even fruitier filling. The candy came in a large rectangular package with several of them individually wrapped. Common flavors included grape, orange, strawberry, watermelon and chocolate.

The product is perhaps most memorable for a series of television commercials in which one or more apparently uptight characters would take one bite of a Bonkers candy, and a giant fruit such as a bunch of grapes would fall from above and knock them into hysterical laughter. The tagline in the commercials was "Bonkers! Bonks ya out!"[1] Several of the commercials featured an older Southern woman who said in a deadpan voice that "Some folks think Bonkers is gum" after which the aforementioned giant fruit would fall on someone, inducing raucous laughter. The woman would then deadpan the line: "They know it's candy now."

After the commercials stopped running, the popularity of Bonkers waned until it became a rarity, available only in novelty candy stores. The manufacturer has discontinued the Bonkers line of candies.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Healthy Japanese Treat


funny word of the day: edamame

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edamame is a preparation of baby soybeans in the pod commonly found in Japan, China and Korea. The pods are boiled in water together with condiments such as salt, and served whole.

Outside East Asia, the dish is most often found in Japanese restaurants and some Chinese restaurants, but has also found popularity elsewhere as a healthy food item.

I like this Japanese treat as much as the next person but I wonder how many visitors go to http://www.edamame.com/, which is literally just a web page offering a definition of edamame and its nutritional information. More useful is http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/edamame-hummus-recipe/index.html, which has a healthy recipe for hummus made with edamame. I haven't tried it but it sounds interesting. I buy them frozen and make them at home, which is really easy and much cheaper than ordering a tiny bowl at a sushi place that costs $5.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Riding on the Choo-Choo...


funny word of the day: caboose

Definition from Merriam-Webster:
ca·boose
Pronunciation:
\kə-ˈbüs\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
probably from Dutch kabuis, kombuis, from Middle Low German kabūse
Date:
1769
1 : a ship's galley 2 : a freight-train car attached usually to the rear mainly for the use of the train crew 3 : one that follows or brings up the rear 4 : buttocks

Definition #4 is, of course, the funniest one. ;)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Calling all Peeps


funny word of the day: marshmallow

Yum, who doesn't love marshmallows, those puffy, gooey pillows of sugary goodness? I know I do. There's nothing better than a s'more stuffed with slightly charred marshmallows tinged with the taste of burning wood. (Can you tell I'm hungry?)

Here are some other delicious things that feature marshmallows:
- a peanut butter and marshmallow Fluff sandwich on toasted bread
- Mallomars (dark chocolate covered marshmallows w/a graham cracker bottom only sold in the Northeast during certain times of year, weirdly)
- Whoopie pies
- Homemade marshmallows from City Bakery in NYC (especially dunked into their awesome hot chocolate)

Edible marshmallow concoctions that I find funny but not at all tasty are:
- Snowballs
- Peeps

And, of course, who doesn't remember the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters? He was funny.

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

marsh·mal·low
Pronunciation:
\ˈmärsh-ˌme-lō, -ˌma-\
Function:
noun
Date:
before 12th century
1: a pink-flowered European perennial herb (Althaea officinalis) of the mallow family that is naturalized in the eastern United States and has flowers, leaves, and roots used in herbal remedies2: a sweet white confection usually in the form of a spread or small spongy cylindrical pieces now usually made from corn syrup, sugar, albumen, and gelatin but formerly from the marshmallow's root ; also : one of these spongy pieces
— marsh·mal·lowy \-ˌme-lə-wē, -ˌma-\ adjective

Monday, July 20, 2009

Brings back memories of summer camp...


funny word of the day: canoe

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

1ca·noe
Pronunciation:
\kə-ˈnü\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
French, from New Latin canoa, from Spanish, from Arawakan, of Cariban origin; akin to Carib kana:wa canoe
Date:
1555
: a light narrow boat with both ends sharp that is usually propelled by paddling

Canoeing is fun and a great activity for a warm summer day. I can't recall the last time I was actually in a canoe -- probably at sleepaway camp 22 years ago -- but I do remember that I enjoyed it! Canoe is a funny word mostly because it rhymes with "gnu," also a funny word.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Flight Attendant Who Simmers in a Whorehouse


funny word of the day: stew

Definition from the Merriam-Webster:
1stew
Pronunciation:
\ˈstü, ˈstyü\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English stewe heated room for a steam bath, from Anglo-French estuve, from Vulgar Latin *extufa — more at stove
Date:
13th century
1obsolete : a utensil used for boiling2: a hot bath3 a: whorehouse b: a district of bordellos —usually used in plural4 a: fish or meat usually with vegetables prepared by stewing b (1): a heterogeneous mixture (2): a state of heat and congestion5: a state of excitement, worry, or confusion

2stew
Function:
verb
Date:
14th century transitive verb
: to boil slowly or with simmering heat intransitive verb 1 : to become cooked by stewing 2 : to swelter especially from confinement in a hot or stuffy atmosphere 3 : to be in a state of suppressed agitation, worry, or resentment

3stew
Function:
noun
Etymology:
short for stewardess
Date:
1970
: flight attendant

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hard to Believe this Word is Derived from "Housewife"


funny word of the day: hussy

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

hus·sy
Pronunciation: \ˈhə-sē, -zē\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural hussies
Etymology: alteration of Middle English huswif housewife, from hus house + wif wife, woman
Date: 1505
1 : a lewd or brazen woman
2 : a saucy or mischievous girl

Friday, July 17, 2009

Squinty, Crazy or Drunk? (Well, not the baby...)


funny word of the day: cockeyed

Definition from Merriam-Webster:
cock·eyed
Pronunciation:
\ˈkäk-ˌīd\
Function:
adjective
Date:
1821
1: having a cockeye (a squinting eye) 2 a: askew, awry b: slightly crazy : topsy-turvy c: drunk 1a
— cock·eyed·ly \ˈkäk-ˌī(-ə)d-lē\ adverb
— cock·eyed·ness \-ˌīd-nəs\ noun

Thursday, July 16, 2009

It May be Illegal, but it's a Cute (and Funny) Word


funny word of the day: smuggle

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

smug·gle
Pronunciation:
\ˈsmə-gəl\
Function:
verb
Inflected Form(s):
smug·gled; smug·gling \-g(ə-)liŋ\
Etymology:
Low German smuggeln & Dutch smokkelen
Date:
1687
transitive verb 1 : to import or export secretly contrary to the law and especially without paying duties imposed by law 2 : to convey or introduce surreptitiously intransitive verb : to import or export something in violation of the customs laws
— smug·gler \ˈsmə-glər\ noun

These Ads are Funny



I stayed home sick yesterday and was too exhausted to do a blog post so here it is a day late.



funny word of the day: mucus



I think the ads/commercials for Mucinex with the mucus-people are hilarious (albeit gross).

Definition from MedicineNet.com:

Mucus: A thick slippery fluid produced by the membranes lining certain organs such as the nose, mouth, throat, and vagina. Mucus is the Latin word for "a semifluid, slimy discharge from the nose." Note that mucus is a noun while the adjective is mucous.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I Have the Sniffles and it's Not at all Funny


funny word of the day: sniffle

I woke up this morning with a stuffed up nose and the beginnings of a summer cold so I thought this would be an appropriate FWOTD. <sniffle>

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

1snif·fle
Pronunciation:
\ˈsni-fəl\
Function:
intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
snif·fled; snif·fling \-f(ə-)liŋ\
Etymology:
frequentative of sniff
Date:
1632
1 : to sniff repeatedly : snuffle 2 : to speak with or as if with sniffling
— snif·fler \-f(ə-)lər\ noun

2sniffle
Function:
noun
Date:
circa 1825
1plural : a head cold marked by nasal discharge 2: an act or sound of sniffling

Monday, July 13, 2009

Why are Words That Mean Laugh so Funny?


funny word of the day: guffaw

There are so many words to describe laughter that strike me as funny, including giggle, chortle, chuckle, titter and, of course, guffaw. It's all very meta.
I'm not sure I've ever actually used the word guffaw in conversation or heard anyone use it. I think you have to be at least 80 to use guffaw in a sentence and not seem like a total loser.
Definition from Merriam-Webster:

guf·faw
Pronunciation:
\(ˌ)gə-ˈfȯ, ˈgə-ˌfȯ\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
imitative
Date:
1720
: a loud or boisterous burst of laughter

Sunday, July 12, 2009

No One Likes a Stinky Poodle


funny word of the day: stinky

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

1stink
Pronunciation:
\ˈstiŋk\
Function:
intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
stank \ˈstaŋk\ or stunk \ˈstəŋk\ ; stunk; stink·ing
Etymology:
Middle English, from Old English stincan; akin to Old High German stinkan to emit a smell
Date:
before 12th century
1: to emit a strong offensive odor 2: to be offensive ; also : to be in bad repute3: to possess something to an offensive degree 4: to be extremely bad or unpleasant
— stinky \ˈstiŋ-kē\ adjective

Yesterday's FWOTD: poodle

From Wikipedia:


The Poodle is a breed of dog, and is regarded as one of the most intelligent breeds of dog.[1] The poodle breed is found in small, medium, and large sizes, and in many coat colors. Originally bred as a type of water dog, the poodle is skillful in many dog sports, including agility, obedience, tracking, and even herding. Poodles are elegant in the conformation ring, having taken top honors in many shows, including Best in Show (BIS) at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 2002 and BIS at the World Dog Show in 2007.


Poodles can actually be cute -- and they're evidently very smart dogs -- but the clipped ones are ridiculous looking (see photo above).

Thursday, July 9, 2009

She was Truly Outrageous!


funny word of the day: pizzazz

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

piz·zazz
Variant(s): or pi·zazz \pə-ˈzaz\
Function: noun
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1937
: the quality of being exciting or attractive: as a : glamour b : vitality
— piz·zazzy or pi·zazzy \-ˈza-zē\ adjective

For some reason, this word sounds like it came from the 80s and really should have stayed there. It may remind me of that decade because Pizzazz was the name of the lead singer of The Misfits, the rival band to The Holograms in the popular 80s cartoon Jem (yes, I had a Jem doll and knew the lyrics to the theme song..."Jem is truly outrageous, truly, truly, truly outrageous!"). Pizzazz wore one chatreuse knee sock and was an evil bitch. But she did have pizzazz!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Having one of these is not funny


funny word of the day: goiter

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

goi·ter
Pronunciation:
\ˈgȯi-tər\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
French goitre, from Middle French, back-formation from goitron throat, from Vulgar Latin *guttrion-, guttrio, from Latin guttur
Date:
1625
: an enlargement of the thyroid gland visible as a swelling of the front of the neck — compare hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism
— goi·trous \ˈgȯi-trəs, ˈgȯi-tə-rəs\ adjective
Not only are these not funny but they seriously might be one of the grossest things I've ever seen. However, the word does qualify as funny so I felt it was worth a post!
If you think you have a goiter or want to know more (why, I don't know), this is a very comprehensive website: http://www.endocrineweb.com/goiter.html

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Laugh, Drug Method or Swig of Liquor?


funny word of the day: snort

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

1snort
Pronunciation:
\ˈsnȯrt\
Function:
verb
Etymology:
Middle English snorten, fnorten; akin to Old English fnora sneezing
Date:
14th century
intransitive verb1 a: to force air violently through the nose with a rough harsh sound b: to express scorn, anger, indignation, or surprise by a snort 2: to emit explosive sounds resembling snorts 3: to take in a drug by inhalation transitive verb 1: to utter with or express by a snort 2: to expel or emit with or as if with snorts 3: to inhale (a drug in powdered form) through the nostrils

2snort
Function:
noun
Date:
1786
1 : a drink of usually straight liquor taken in one draft 2 : an act or sound of snorting

Monday, July 6, 2009

This Kind of Person Usually Isn't Funny


funny word of the day: persnickety

Definition from Merriam-Webster:
per·snick·e·ty
Pronunciation:
\pər-ˈsni-kə-tē\
Function:
adjective
Etymology:
alteration of pernickety
Date:
1915
1 a: fussy about small details : fastidious b: having the characteristics of a snob 2: requiring great precision
— per·snick·e·ti·ness
\-nəs\ noun
Tony Shaloub's character on Monk could be considered persnickety, as he has an obsessive attention to detail, but the word is also used to described stuck up people.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Seabird or All-Natural Cereal?



funny word of the day: puffin

My husband and I are fond of this organic cereal called Puffins and thought it was a funny word. Turns out a puffin is also a cute kind of sea bird. I like that it has the word "puff" in it and rhymes with "muffin," another recent FWOTD.

Definition from MSN Encarta:
puf·fin [ púffin ] (plural puf·fins or puf·fin)noun Definition: black and white diving seabird: a black and white diving seabird of the auk family with a short neck and a triangular, brightly colored beak. Genus Fratercula.

Evidently, Puffins -- "an all-natural corn pillow" cereal -- by Barbara's Bakery educates its consumers about Project Puffin, the Audubon Society's innovative project to restore Atlantic puffins to their former habitat of Eastern Egg Rock, located off the rugged coast of Maine. You can also Adopt-a-Puffin through Barbara's Bakery. For more info, check out http://www.puffinscereal.com/about/index.html.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

You might eat one of these on the Fourth


funny word of the day: wiener


In honor of the Fourth of July, I thought I'd pick a word that signifies what will be cooking on grills all over America. Yes, it can also mean a male body part but that's not why I selected it on our country's day of independence. Hot dog, frankfurter, dawg, call it what you may. But there's nothing better at a summer cookout than a charbroiled wiener on a toasted bun with mustard and sauerkraut. Yum.

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

wie·ner
Variant(s):
also wei·ner \ˈwē-nər, ˈwē-nē also ˈwi-nē\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
short for wienerwurst
Date:
1900
: frankfurter

Friday, July 3, 2009

An invertebrae, virus or 80s dance?


funny word of the day: worm

Worm can be used as a noun or verb and signify several things, as defined below from Merriam-Webster:

1worm
Pronunciation: \ˈwərm\
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wyrm serpent, worm; akin to Old High German wurm serpent, worm, Latin vermis worm
Date: before 12th century
1 a : earthworm; broadly : an annelid worm b : any of numerous relatively small elongated usually naked and soft-bodied animals (as a grub, pinworm, tapeworm, shipworm, or slowworm) 2 a : a human being who is an object of contempt, loathing, or pity : wretch b : something that torments or devours from within3 archaic : snake, serpent 4 : helminthiasis —usually used in plural 5 : something (as a mechanical device) spiral or vermiculate in form or appearance: as a : the thread of a screw b : a short revolving screw whose threads gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or a rack c : archimedes' screw; also : a conveyor working on the principle of such a screw 6 : a usually small self-contained and self-replicating computer program that invades computers on a network and usually performs a destructive action
— worm·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

2worm
Function: verb
Date: 1610intransitive verb
: to move or proceed sinuously or insidiouslytransitive verb 1 a : to proceed or make (one's way) insidiously or deviously b : to insinuate or introduce (oneself) by devious or subtle means c : to cause to move or proceed in or as if in the manner of a worm 2 : to wind rope or yarn spirally round and between the strands of (a cable or rope) before serving 3 : to obtain or extract by artful or insidious questioning or by pleading, asking, or persuading —usually used with out of 4 : to treat (an animal) with a drug to destroy or expel parasitic worms

The one definition not in the dictionary is the popular 80s dance called the "worm," which requires someone to lie stomach down on the floor and writhe his or her body to imitate the motion of a real worm. My friend Lou does a killer worm and will demonstrate it upon request.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Legume, Idiot or Ficitonal Mechanic? All of the Above


funny word of the day: goober

Goober can mean several things, two definitions of which are below from Merriam-Webster:

1goo·ber
Pronunciation:
\ˈgü-bər, ˈgu̇-\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu ŋguba peanut
Date:
1834
Southern & Midland : peanut


2goober
Function:
noun
Etymology:
earlier slang goob, goober kiss, pimple, penis, probably of imitative origin
Date:
1980
slang : a naive, ignorant, or foolish person

I'm assuming that when Andy Griffith named Mayberry's auto mechanic Goober Pyle, it was because he was a "naive, ignorant or foolish person," not a peanut. According to Wikipedia, George Lindsey, who played the role (pictured above), initially read for the part of Gomer Pyle, which went to singer Jim Nabors. Both Lindsey and Nabors came from Alabama, evidently home of many goobers.

Goobers are also a popular movie snack of chocolate-covered peanuts. Those were always my favorite and, in my opinion, far superior to Sno-Caps and Jujubees.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Macho, Macho Man...


funny word of the day: macho

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

1ma·cho
Pronunciation:
\ˈmä-(ˌ)chō\
Function:
adjective
Etymology:
Spanish, literally, male, from Latin masculus — more at masculine
Date:
1928
: characterized by machismo : aggressively virile
When I was a kid, I used to love watching WWF (now called WWE) and Macho Man Randy Savage (pictured above) was one of my favorite wrestlers, along with Jesse "The Body" Ventura" and The Angry Samoans. Now looking at his picture, I can't believe I ever followed someone so ridiculous-looking. What's up with those glasses, dude?