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Monday, August 31, 2015 – New Vocabulary Words Needed for the Fall

Monday, August 31, 2015 – New Vocabulary Words Needed for the Fall

Good morning, class. It is the second week of school so time to start our assessment practice. Today we will learn five new vocabulary words. These new words will be on the state assessment and are important as we kick of the first week of college football. So pay attention and read on.

Last week the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) announced new words added to the vocabulary of the English speaking world. http://www.oed.com/

Back Story: The OED is the giant tome that sat on a pedestal in your high school library. It is the definitive book on the English language. Here are the new words that will be on your assessment.

Beer o’clock and wine o’clock – both are nouns noting “the appropriate time of day to start drinking.”

There is no whiskey o’clock? What is considered the “appropriate time” For my Uncle Ralph beer o’clock started about 7:30 each morning. For my Uncle Horn, every hour of the day or night was considered appropriate. For football season, the appropriate time to start drinking is dependent on the time of the game and who is playing.

Fatberg – also a noun meaning “a very large mass of solid waste in a sewer system consisting of especially congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down the toilet.” GROSS.

Butt Dial – a verb meaning “one accidently calls another while their cell phone is their back pocket.”

It is a butt dial if the phone just rings and there is no one on the other end. If there is a voice message that says “Alabama Sucks!” or “Aggies play like fatbergs” those are not butt dials; those are obscene phone calls. Those phone calls are usually correlated with beer, wine or whiskey o’clock.

Cat café – a noun meaning “a café or similar establish where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises.”

OK, I love cats, but if I wanted to pay to interact with one, I would go to the shelter and get one, bring it home and interact with it in the confines of my home – while I drink and watch football games.

And so this week begins football season so get ready for Here’s What I’m Thinking about it. It is time to get your college football geek ready to go. See you in the end zone!

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On a sad note: I learned yesterday that the beautiful Charlie Horse pictured on Friday’s post passed away earlier this summer. RIP Charlie.