Monthly Archives: March 2018

Bunglesome -Friday’s Word of the Day

Friday’s word of the day at is identified as an Americanism dating back to 1885-90. Bunglesome is characterized as or marked by bungling, clumsy, awkward, or incompetent. What really intrigued me about this word is the idea that it is considered an “Americanism”.

In case you are wondering, an Americanism is a word or phrase (or, less commonly, a feature of grammar, spelling, or pronunciation) that (supposedly) originated in the United States and/or is used primarily by Americans. Some accounts state that the term was first coined by the Reverend John Witherspoon, founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence and president of what would become Princeton University.

Here’s are a few notable phrases and words: wigwam, pretzel, spook, depot and canyon, that borrowed from the Indians, Germans, Dutch, French and Spanish.”

Here is a list of Americanisms and their British English counterpart:

American English/British English
bill/bank note
attorney/barrister, solicitor

Read the entire list HERE.

So bunglesome is apparently an Americanism. In fact I also learned that you can add the suffix -some to a whole host of words. It makes the root word an adjective that implies more of the root word it is attaching to.

Well, I had best get to the Haiku. I’m already late, but bunglesome is too good a word to miss!

for bunglesome pols
appointed to a play a role
loyalty is key


Saturday with the Muse

poetry is a window
to my heart;
words like
breath to me

the one true thing
you can know is
that a lifetime
is but a moment
in time sweetened
by love

beautiful bird song
sweetens the dusk
the quiet murmur of
leaves rustling
wind chimes softly


Magnetic Poetry Online

Essence #17

cat striped, sunlight streaming
a blissful sight, dreaming


Day 17’s Essence for Jane Dougherty’s Challenge. A bit late to the party but it took the late afternoon sun to capture the magic. Meet my fluffy grey, Sebastian. ❤️

Bug Vespers

interrupted, the
vespers of this pious bug
‘say a prayer for me’


For Haiku Horizons Challenge Prompt: Bug.

Essence #16

crystalline, cool stillness
blue serene, sweet greenness


Day 16 for Jane Dougherty’s daily Essence poem challenge. After yesterday’s bluster, today is a beautiful day. Too bad I’m stuck at my desk. At least the view is nice! 😊 Happy Friday!

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