PICAYUNE — Words can set a tone for a situation, alter someone’s perception of an individual or group — in short, there is power in them. The Bible cautions, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue...” — Proverbs in 18:21, ASB. With that in mind, I will be focusing on words, some recently used and some obscure, to test the readers and build on what you already know. There will be theme weeks, for instance next week will focus on words involving wine — for no particular reason! So try your vocabulary skills with the following and see how you score. I’m always open to suggestions for material. 1. pu·ta·tive (pyoo’-t-tiv) adj. Are you the putative leader of your group, organization or team? What does the word “putative” mean? Is it: A. Damage inflicting B. A website code C. Assumed or generally accepted 2. mal · a · prop · is · m (mahl-ah -prop- iz- im) noun Are you a habitual malapropist? If so, would you be: A. A structural demolitionist B. Someone who misuses homonyms C. A drama queen Answer to question 1: You are the putative leader of your group, organization or team if you exhibit leadership which is accepted and followed even though you are not the elected or appointed leader or president. Choice C is the correct choice. The word is best defined as purported; commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds, according to www.vocabulary.com. Answer to question 2: The group at http://www.merriam-webster.com give the definition as “the usually unintentionally humorous misuse or distortion of a word or phrase; especially the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context.” Choice B is the correct choice. In this case it is the best answer, as some drama queens are known malapropists. The site also gives the first known use of the word malapropism as 1849 with the origin of the word based on Mrs. Malaprop, a character noted for her misuse of words in 18th century playwright R.B. Sheridan's comedy “The Rivals,” 1775. If you engage in the occasional malopropisms, you would be in good fictional company. Along with Mrs. Malaprop, there have also been characters in both television and film who specialize in the unwitting technique. “Well I try to look at the bright side. I guess you could say I’m an internal optometrist,” said Steve Carell as Barry in “Dinner for Schmucks,” 2010. Archie Bunker of the “All in the Family” 1970s television series, was noted for saying, “A witness shall not bear falsies against thy neighbor.”
Arboretum Paths: Mississippi native plants — for the birds
Would you like to provide some new plants in your landscape that will be attractive to birds? You may be surprised to learn that while birds will feast on the fruits and seeds produced by the native plants in your yard, at certain times of year their diets also will consist of large quantities of the insects that feed on these plants.
The great spice cabinet purge
Erma Bombeck once said, "Once you get a spice in your home, you have
it forever. Women never throw out spices."
Man, I’m a believer.
Arboretum Paths: Mississippi native plants that shine in late fall
Have you noticed that some plants in the local landscape are glowing? One exceptional native shrub that is hard to ignore lately is Elliott’s blueberry (Vaccinium elliottii). Its leaves are turning a gorgeous scarlet red, which makes this shrub easy to spot from your car window on a county ride.
Whitney Miller force to be reckoned with in food world
Since winning the first season of MasterChef, Whitney Miller has been in a whirlwind of new experiences and opportunities.
Valuable native plants of the Piney Woods
As a child, it fascinated me that everything that made up my world had been fashioned of materials that came from the earth. It was great fun to sit among the trees in our heavily forested suburban neighborhood and imagine what this country would have been like in its early years, when each new tree or plant encountered would be eyed for its potential ability to prove useful to families eking out a home life in unfamiliar territory.
CWC Pilgrimage: The Teague home
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Teague home in North Hill Subdivision. The home of Richard and Janet Teague, located at 48 Long Lake will be featured in the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Arboretum Paths: Plant natives – for seasonal flower arranging
When considering incorporating new plants to your landscape, consider its potential uses. Don't just dig that hole for the exercise. There are many more inexpensive ways to get into shape! If you make an investment in the purchase and care of a new specimen, think about how t will provide you with a return. Could your new plant be used as material for flower arrangements?
Coast Orchid Society Show changes venue
For the past 33 years the Gulf Coast Orchid Society has sponsored a free Orchid Show on the Gulf Coast usually at Singing River Mall in Gautier, Miss. on the bye weekend before the Super Bowl. With the ongoing renovations to the mall, the Society has had to relocate.
It’s fall y’all
It’s fall y’all and this week’s Vocability focuses on all the goodness of southern words and terms.
These are from my own experience growing up and I believe they are common knowledge. You may recognize some of these— admission of knowledge is not necessary. Feel free to email me additional terms you do not find here and there might be another column on the topic.
Tough native species for your home landscape
Last week’s column offered some outstanding native plants for you to consider including in your home landscape for the upcoming planting season. Cooler days inspire us to spend more time outdoors, and many of us will start pondering new planting projects.
Is your yard in need of a fall spruce-up before friends and relatives descend upon you for the holidays? Sometimes all a landscape needs is a fresh dusting of mulch and a morning spent creating a well-defined edge to the planting beds.
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