IF I OFFEND YOU, my gentle readers, by mentioning this charmingly old-fashioned word, please forgive me. But you see, “pissant” was one of my father’s favorite words.
Dad’s been a long time gone from my life, so I’d forgotten about his use of this word. However when I saw “pissant” listed as Trending Now on the Merriam-Webster website, I immediately remembered Dad using the word.
OF COURSE WHEN DADDY, a physician, used the word “pissant” it didn’t stand alone. Oh, no, no, no. He’d further explain that the “pissant” in question was EITHER “in need of a high colonic” OR “in need of a frontal lobotomy.”
The first phrase, with the enema reference, was for those people who didn’t tell the truth– full of sh!t, ‘ya know?
The second phrase, the brain surgery reference, was for those people who were speaking illogically, making no sense– perhaps crazy.
DAD HAD A WAY WITH WORDS, I’ll give him that. And because he was never one to not opine about events, people, &/or ideas– many of his words have stuck with me in one way or another.
Don’t quite know what more to tell you here, my gentle readers. Just a passing thought, from a blogging wordsmith who came by her love of words + writing early in life.
Listening to her elders [one in particular] go on & on about things. 🙄
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Do you ever hear a word and immediately think of someone who uses, or used, that word because the person and the word are inextricably linked together in your mind?
If so, what’s the word and who’s the person? If not, what prompts you to recall someone? Photos? Music? Food? Scent?
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