Is it Friday already? Actually I had hoped it was Friday days ago! It’s been a long week! But here we are with the calendar finally matching the day. And of course it is time again to peek at dictionary.com for today’s word of the day. Endsville. At first glance it sounds like no place I would like to be.
The entomology and definition of this word in cyberspace is quite scarce, which might make one think that it is a made up word…but then, aren’t all words made up by someone somewhere?
Here’s dictionary.com’s definition:
1. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. most wonderful or exciting: a rock band that was regarded as Endsville in the late fifties.
2. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. (of a location, circumstance, etc.) most isolated or undesirable.
Origin of Endsville
Endsville is an extension of the slang expression the end, meaning “the ultimate; the utmost of good or bad.” It entered English in the 1950s.
At any rate, my google search did reveal that endsville is the name of a rock band from the 1950’s, a movie, a poem, a sculpture, the title of a series of stories and a fictional place, as well as being an adjective. If I were going to make a word up, I think I might like it to mean a variety of things. How versatile this silly slang word is! Which of course calls for a silly haiku!
Endsville ..The Haiku
To be the be all
or the endsville of a thing
lean toward the extreme!
kat ~ 24 June 2016
Got TJ’s Househild Hauku Challenge, prompt word: Cactus. (Confess in my eagerness to complete the challenge I missed the word Dry! So much so that I went the opposite direction! But here is my first take!)
I read that the prickly pear variety of cactus are quite delicious. A legend of herbal folklore the prickly pear gained accolades for a number of medicinal applications including treatment for burns, indigestion, diarrhea, inflammation and ulcers, as well as new studies exploring their use in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar. I have never tasted this delicacy, but I’m tempted to add it to my to-do list, noting one must be wary of its sharp spines in the harvesting!
Prickly pears cure many ills
when ripe for pricking!
It’s like loosing one’s
the skin of a bottomless
abyss, plunging into
frigid nothingness, recoiling
against the smacking,
sting, limbs flailing, eyes
clenched shut, lungs
bursting, spinning, spiraling,
suspended in forced
there will most certainly be
priorities, rendering of
to satisfy some ravenous
bottom line, winners taking
all, where loyalty is
Some will surface quite unscathed
in safety nets of severance pay
some in self-survival mode
will find a way to stay afloat…
the rest will simply fade away
caught up in the undertow.
kat ~ 21 June 2016
(looks like it’s going to be another one of THOSE weeks…:/)