My mom loved pranking. For her, April Fool’s day was everyday. It may where I get my sense of whimsy and love of the absurd. Although, I am no fan of theatre of the absurd. Many, many years ago I saw the Ionescu play Rhinoceros and I felt that I was being pranked. Its a fine line between absurd and ridiculous absurdity. I’ll let you figure out your own definition and line. Sometimes, I feel like I am caught in an absurd Bermuda Triangle but then I get myself to laugh and I move on.
My mom had a love of the silly and pulling a fast one on over someone. I too love pranks. Which is why I’m not especially upset about a possible prank being pulled on me. Plus, it’s rather innocuous. Plus, I may have done this to myself.
I now, for some reason, receive a daily email with a word of the day. I may have signed up for this myself, but I do not believe so. First, I took my GREs a long time ago. It’s all downhill from there in terms of vocabulary. Second, I make up my own words. And, they are great words. So great that others use them. I should send out my own word of the day. Third, if I am to get a list of new words to learn, I want them to be “saucy”. Thus, I don’t believe I signed up for such a daily email.
I believe someone signed me up as a joke. Do I sound paranoid? Entirely possible. I mean, it’s kind of a low effort, low budget, and low impact prank. If I were to sign someone up for a list, it most certainly wouldn’t be for a smarty-pants or knowledge-building list.
This list, as a matter of fact, is more like a handsel. I’m looking at it as a good luck gift for the new paths I wish to forge. It doesn’t matter whether it was meant that way for it is the way it is meant to be. Take everything as a gift. Learn. Grow. And prank back.
I too have recently suddenly gotten this word of the day email to one of my addresses. It’s OK but I recommend not clicking through to any of the links they offer dangling more “fun.” Methinks it is a fishing expedition and I am the prey. Still, ’tis amusing.
Ah, yes very possibly so. Oh my all the things we have to worry about these days.
Thank you for the story of your mom and for reminding me that I wanted to start having a word of the day that I post. I wrote “Have a Word of the Day” somewhere, sometime ago, and lost it and forgot about it! :)Jen
Let us know if you get your word of the day going 🙂
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I will :)Jen
i suppose a Devil’s Advocate of Handsel
Will be Scarlet Letter
If not For that Letter
My Wife would not
Exist what A
i Don’t Give a
Damn What Anyone
Thinks for where i
Am From ‘Jesus’
Would wear a
For Loving Everyone
Welcoming All Around
the World into his Home
Meanwhile the Churches
Continue to Brick and
So who wears
A Scarlet letter
HandSell oF LoVE..:)
For the love of scarlet letters. Lol
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I would like to receive your made up word of the day in my inbox.
Hehe. Thanks. I might start posting some. Still one of my favorities is grossocities.. (sp?)
I should unsubscribe (maybe I already did). The word of the day is of minor interest – but it never seems to stick, even if it is a perfect word for something. My storage system is already overwhelmed.
I hear ya. It takes a lot to stick in my system as well 🙂