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.”
United Way, library offer free programs for children
The United Way of South Mississippi (UWSM) has issued a press release stating that it now has more than 500 children enrolled in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a program that provides free books to children.
Christmas on the Rails and Shop by Candlelight recap
Christmas on the Rails has come and gone for 2013, but what remains are lots of happy memories for all who attended the event, in spite of inclement weather earlier in the day. The event combined Picayune Main Street Shop by Candlelight and Greater Picayune Art Council’s Art Works.
Picayune Community Spotlight: Picayune Police Department
The Picayune Police Department has had a year of progress in the war on drugs, 911 capability and high visibility which in no small part has been due to focus on goals; cooperation of city officials and community support and departmental commitment— for example, everyone received the Chief’s Award from Police Chief Bryan Dawsey at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Parker brings Christmas to 95 children
Cathryn Paker has spent all year diligently working on giftboxes for children she will never see. On Thursday, for the fifth consecutive year, she presented those 95 giftboxes for children in need to Christian Care Ministries on behalf of herself and her church, St. Barnabus Anglican Church.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
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