Today’s Word of the Day is extricate which means, “to free from entanglement or difficulty.” To call on a current news event, the Las Vegas Raiders just extricated themselves from Jon Gruden as their head coach. Word to the wise, people — never put in an e-mail, a text message, a voicemail, or a tweet/Facebook post/Instagram post something you wouldn’t want reprinted on the front page of the New York Times or Washington Post. Or, something you wouldn’t want said to or about your mother. Jon Gruden’s biggest problem isn’t that he’s a racist, misogynistic, homophobic asshole…though that IS a problem…it’s that he was all of those things in print. The Washington Football Team is being investigated, and in the course of that investigation, these e-mails were discovered, then leaked. When are people going to learn that the Internet is forever? If you put it out there, it will stay there, for all time. Of course, no one ever accused racists, homophobes, and misogynists of being the smartest people in the world.
Monday’s Word of the Day was bromide which means, “a hackneyed statement or idea.” A great example of a bromide is, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” Sometimes, quitting is the right thing to do. It’s not always great for your mental health to keep banging away at something you’re not doing right or well, just to say you didn’t quit doing it. Knowing when to walk away is an important skill to have. A lot of armchair gymnasts shit on Simone Biles for pulling herself out of several competitions in the Olympics this year, calling her a quitter, but I didn’t and will not see it that way. It took a lot of balls for her to admit she wasn’t in the right headspace to keep competing, and for the good of her team, she was going to withdraw. If she’d continued, she could have seriously injured herself, to say nothing of hurting Team USA’s chance to medal. So, the next time you hear someone say that or the next time you feel the urge to say it yourself, stop.
Yesterday’s Word of the Day was conciliatory which means, “intended to make someone less angry.” In other words, something meant to soothe over ruffled feathers. If you’re a Green Bay Packers fan, which I am, then you’re probably well aware that a lot of conciliatory measures will be required to talk Aaron Rodgers down from whatever ledge or cliff he’s perched himself on at the moment. To say I’m pissed off at him would be an understatement, but I also understand why he’s angry. I just wish he was dealing with his anger in a way less likely to destroy whatever good feelings people have for him. He just won the MVP for fuck’s sake. Come on, Aaron. Work something. You’re a Packer. Be a Packer.
Yesterday’s Word of the Day was pugilism which means, “boxing.” I don’t really care for boxing, either in theory or in practice. Spending money to watch two grown men punch each other in the head and face until one of them collapses and doesn’t get up quickly doesn’t strike me as a good time. I can recognize that it takes skill to do it and avoid serious injury, but that’s about it. I’ve never watched a boxing match in my life, and I can’t see that ever changing. I’ve seen footage of famous fights, like Ali/Liston and and Tyson/Holyfield, but that was either in films or documentaries, or in the case of Tyson/Holyfield, on the news when the former bit part of the latter’s ear off. I’ll stick to baseball and football, TYVM.
Today’s Word of the Day is delve which means, “to dig or to make a careful search.” I love this word. It’s a great word to describe the act of really diving into a subject or topic or whatever that you really love. Football/baseball history for me are two of those subjects. I love any documentary or program about the history of either sport, or documentaries about specific teams or events. I definitely inherited that from my father, who similarly loves both sports. I also love documentaries about historical events. Basically, anything I can watch that will teach me something about that person, event, or place that I didn’t know before makes me happy. Something else that I love which dovetails nicely into what today is would be music, and for my Musical Interlude Friday selection, I thought I’d honor someone who left us way too soon. 50 years ago today, Jimi Hendrix died, joining the less-than-desirable Club 27. Here is “The Wind Cries Mary.” Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is aficionado which means, “a fan or devotee.” One thing you could say I’m definitely an aficionado on is football, Green Bay Packers football to be exact. I can thank my Dad for that; I learned the sport from him when I was a little girl, listening to the game on the radio. Living in Chicago, when the weather was good, we could pick up WTMJ, Milwaukee’s AM station that carried Packers games, so I’d hear Jim Irwin and Max McGee calling the game. During breaks in the action, my Dad would explain something to me I wasn’t clear on, something he still does, much to my amused annoyance. I keep telling him that after all this time, I think I get it, but no. LOL. I’m not holding out hope that we’ll get an NFL season this year, and if we do, it’ll probably be cut short. I just hope everyone on the Packers is doing what they’re supposed to be doing to stay safe. I don’t want any of them getting sick.
Day 10 — A word from your favorite sport
This is tricky. My two favorite sports are hands down, football and baseball, and it’s hard for me to pick which one I love more. I grew up closely following and watching both, but if I had to choose just one…gah! I flipped a coin and it landed on heads which I designated as football. So, my favorite football-related word is undoubtedly touchdown, and not just any touchdown, a touchdown thrown by the sexy hunk of a man in the picture above. I’ve been a Green Bay Packers fan my whole life, so my love of the sport comes before my love for our wonderful quarterback, but yeah. Aaron Rodgers. Sexy AND intelligent. Gotta love him. Unless you’re a Bears/Vikings/Lions/every other team in the league fan. Then maybe not so much.
Today’s Word of the Day is tontine which means, “a plan in which a last survivor takes all.” I always enjoy it when the WotD is a word I’ve either never heard before or had heard before but never used. You’re never too old to learn and expand your vocabulary. However, as is usually the case with words like that, I don’t have much of a frame of reference to immediately think of a song that ties into it in some way. That said, I actually came up with something this time! I know, I know. It’s a cheesy song, but then, it’s disco, so what do you expect? By the way, speaking of cheese….GO PACK GO! BEAT THE NINERS! Here is “The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is recondite which means, “concealed or difficult to follow.” I consider myself a fairly intelligent woman, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things that go way over my head. For example, after every Green Bay Packers game, I watch Aaron Rodgers’ post-game comments. Partly because he’s gorgeous as sin, and I like looking at him, and partly because I love football (Green Bay Packers football, duh) and want to learn more about it than I already do. However, I have a hard time understanding a lot of the terms and whatnot that he uses to describe plays the offense ran or even things the defense did, and I sometimes find myself having to pause the video and go Google something. One day, I hope to be a bit more linguistically proficient in the game so I won’t need to do that anymore. I hope.
Today’s Word of the Day is gridiron which means, “a football field.” I love football. It’s my second favorite sport after baseball. In my house, the only team worth rooting for is the Green Bay Packers, and I definitely inherited that love of the Pack from my dad. He’s been a fan since 1956 and remembers the days before Vince Lombardi came over from the Giants. It was hard picking up the intricacies of the game, why certain things are penalties while other things are not, but through sheer repetition, I figured it out. It was definitely harder to learn about than baseball, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less.
That said, it’s difficult rooting for a team that doesn’t play where you live. If the Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers are playing at the same time, we get the Panthers here, not the Packers…which I expect, this is North Carolina, after all. However, thanks to online streams, I can watch the game even if they aren’t on TV here. Speaking of my dad, he’s one of the Packers’ “owners,” as he owns a share of stock in the team. I remember when he bought it in the mid-to-late 90s, and it’s been framed and hanging on a wall ever since. They’re playing the Patriots tonight, in Foxboro, which should be an excellent if not horrifyingly nerve-wracking game. Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady — the battle of the GOATs.
Go Pack Go!