\ LAR-i-kin \  , adjective;  disorderly; rowdy. noun: a street rowdy; hoodlum. Retail during the holidays can be a real killjoy and spoilsport. Ever since Black Friday, the store has had a larrikin feel to it. The phone rings constantly, mostly people asking for YETI ramblers. Customers point to a jacket hanging on a rack and say, “What size is that?” like IContinue reading “larrikin.”


/ˈ(h)wipərˌsnapər/ noun: 1. a young and inexperienced person considered to be presumptuous or overconfident. I have had the unique pleasure of sitting around a poker table with 8-9 top notch fellas monthly since July. And truly, it’ll stand out as one of my favorite memories of this year (right up there with time with my grandparents, Mindy’sContinue reading “whippersnapper.”


  BOH-vuh-riz-uhm  , noun; 1. an exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit. Bovarism can really be the opposite of attractive. It’s a fine line, having confidence but not thinking too highly of oneself. I think about this often while working in South Tampa. My coworker has a term for people who become bovaristic after moving to thisContinue reading “bovarism.”


\ PAB-yuh-luhm \  , noun;  material for intellectual nourishment. somethingthatnourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment. pablum. I think my mental pabulum is being in a different place physically. It’s too easy to be in your routine at the same place you wake up every morning. It’s almost abnormal to go sit outside and read and write because I have to watch recorded Ellen shows andContinue reading “pabulum.”


\ shahn-saw-NET; English shan-suh-NET \  , noun;  French . a little song; ditty. I’ve enjoyed three concerts (James Taylor, Bellarive & Audrey Assad, and Heather Maloney) in the past four days and I have lyrics from chansonettes swarming in my head. Some make their way to napkins that get stuck in pockets of jeans in the hamper that I’ll find before I do laundry and I’ll smile andContinue reading “chansonette.”


\ GEYP-seed, GAP- \  , noun;  1. British Dialect . a person who gapes or stares in wonder, especially a rustic or unworldly person who is easily awed. 2. British Dialect . a daydream or reverie. 3. British Dialect . an idealistic, impossible, or unreal plan or goal. 4. British Dialect . something that is gaped at; anything unusual orContinue reading “gapeseed.”


\ KREYP-hang-er \  , noun;  1.a person who sees the gloomy side of things; pessimist. It’s really easy to be a crapehanger. I mean, if you’ve already had half of your Americano, you know there’s only half left and that’s a gloomy realization. As I was driving to work, I was stuck behind someone from Illinois. We were going 40 mph in a 60 mph limit zone.Continue reading “crapehanger.”


Conk [kongk, kawngk] verb (used without object), Slang. to slow down or stop; lose energy (often followed by out). to go to sleep (usually followed by off or out). Instead of speaking, I waved to Oliver (the toddler I babysit) this morning, since he usually says, “Do not talk to me, Beth!” when I tell him good morning. He acknowledged my wave and gave me enough silence for me to think today was going to be a reallyContinue reading “conk.”