Words to help define society's ups and downs

info@islandpacket.comNovember 14, 2011 

  • 2 cups sugar

    2 cups water

    8 ounces ginger root, peel, grate finely

    Put everything in a saucepan and boil for 1 or 2 minutes. Turn off stove and let sit for an hour or so. Strain. Put in icebox. Use 4 or 5 tablespoons syrup to 1 cup soda water for ginger ale.

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Do you remember being a small child and suddenly the grownups would start spelling words when you were within earshot? I remember my sister, brothers and I being underfoot at our house and suddenly everything uttered sounded like a foreign language -- although sometimes it really was.

Several words my grandmother never spelled were "supercilious" and "popinjay." She often used those two when talking about a man who lived down the street. We heard those two words a lot -- they were, I suppose, safe for our ears.

One of my favorite words was peccadillo. We did not hear that often except in whispers when my grandmother had someone in for tea. I have always loved that word. I think the word itself has gone out of fashion, but unfortunately its definition has not.

Lately all we have heard in the news has been about someone's misdeeds. My grandmother and her friends would be aghast at all of the monkey business zipping around. What a giant bore this has all become. I'm going to go read the dictionary -- who knows what I might learn from Miss Miriam Webster? She spells her words in big black letters I can see, and she even tells you what they mean.

What a concept.

  • There will be a Christmas door decorating contest for all old town Bluffton businesses this year. The Garden Gate Nursery, Rose Dhu Nursery, May River Flowers, Old Town Bluffton Flowers and The Store are sponsoring the contest. All businesses in the old section of Bluffton are invited to enter. All doors must be decorated by Nov. 25 to be eligible for judging.

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