My first word today comes from an article in the SMH on an author I wasn't familiar with, Helen Hodgman.
The story of Blue Skies, about a young mother in a state of anomie, has echoes of Hodgman's own experience.
1. Social instability caused by erosion of standards and values.
2. Alienation and purposelessness experienced by a person or a class as a result of a lack of standards, values or ideals. The Free Dictionary.
This next one is from a blog post on Charlotte's Library, a review of Come Back, Lucy.
The game of jackstraws. The Free Dictionary.
Well that doesn't help, I haven't heard of jackstraws either.
The thesaurus part of the Free Dictionary helps. A game in which players try to pick each jackstraw (or spillikin) off a pile without moving any of the others.
Ah, what I would have called Pick Up Sticks. I think spillikins is a better name.
My final words today comes from Walter Farley's 1941 classic The Black Stallion.
Alec helped to harness old Napoleon to the little huckster's wagon.
The Free Dictionary has three definitions
1.One who sells wares or provisions in the street; a peddler or hawker.
2.One who uses aggressive, showy, and sometimes devious methods to promote or sell a product.
3.Informal. One who writes advertising copy, especially for radio or television.
Clearly Walter Farley was using the first meaning.
|Tony's wagon might have looked like this|
Made the track record look like it was made by a hobbyhorse.
Again 3 definitions from The Free Dictionary
1. A child's riding toy that consists of a long stick with an imitation horse's head on one end.
2. A figure of a horse worn attached to the waist of a mummer, as in a morris dance.
3. A topic that one frequently brings up or dwells on; a fixation.
Ah, if I'd ever known that these were called hobbyhorses then I'd forgotten that! Of course these days I'm much more familiar with the "getting on one's hobbyhorse" usage.