Posted in June 2012

Polka Dots

Don’t you just love polka dots?  They evoke images of children’s clothes, party balloons, and of course itsy bitsy teenie weenie bikinis. I also picture women dressed in polka dots dresses having tea, in a garden. Polka dots are widely recognized the world over. But did you know that while they are not named after … Continue reading


This is one of those words that are just so fun to say. Go on…churlish. Drawing it out is especially fun (though I don’t suggest it, unless you want to sound a bit ridiculously or if no one else is around). It means simply to be rude in a mean-spirited way. It comes from the … Continue reading

Budapest & Borscht

These words have nothing in common, apart from the fact that I love hearing them said aloud (okay, they also both start with B and end with T, but that’s a bit elementary).  I hadn’t thought about them together, until a long-time twitter pal mentioned it. I said that I love the word Budapest, but prefer to … Continue reading

A Bon Mot of a Different Color

My apologies for the lack of bon mots recently. I’ve had a lot on my plate and writing has taken a backseat to, well, life.  In place of a post today, I offer you Misuse of Idioms by Kristina Horner, which my daughter shared with me. I think you’ll find it has a similar flavor to … Continue reading


To be bellicose is to favor or be inclined to start quarrels or wars. It’s derived from the Latin word for war. Such a beautiful sounding word for something so unpleasant. Of course, there are apparently some who think the word means something beautiful. Case in point, this blog I found, Bellicose Showdogs (yeah, that’s … Continue reading


This word probably needs no explanation. I merely include it on this blog because it’s so much fun that it’s clearly a bon mot. Thank you by the way, to Cathy (aka @jayhawk100) for suggesting it. Other words for scalawag are rascal and scamp. And as mentioned in a comment to the previous post, rapscallion … Continue reading