So my parents were dining out in a Chinese restaurant one evening with some friends from church and my Dad was showing off his prowess with using chopsticks.
First he picked up a small piece of beef. Then he picked up a slice of carrot. Then a snow pea, and finally he demonstrated his skill by picking up one grain of rice.
Turning to the others at the table, he asked if there was anything else they would like to see him pick up.
"Yes," my Dad's best friend says, "the check."
[as seen in Da Mouse Tracks]
WORD for YOUR WEEK: Today seems like a good time to talk about the word gaudy. It describes something that is extravagantly showy, or dazzlingly ornamental with a decided lack of good taste. It's another one of those words for which no one can pin down a certain origin, but the best guess is that it originated from the obsolete English word "gaud," which referred to a showy bauble, trinket, or fancy ornament. Interestingly enough, the root of that word also gives us the word "joy."
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