- #7178 submitted 01/16/2018:
flotsam, serac, adapt, epiphany
We were planning on salvaging flotsam, but we made landfall on the glacier and intended to rest and recuperate, but a shifting sérac caught us by surprise and nearly ended our journey. Then Jimmy had an epiphany of sorts and decided to adapt the skiff as a shelter until we could summon help.
- #7176 submitted 01/15/2018:
copper-bottomed, obtuse, intrepid, repurpose
One ingenious engineer,
Intrepid, though obtuse,
Thought he'd add an extra gear
To the vehicle he used.
This copper-bottomed scheme of his
(Repurposing his cogs)
Wasn't such a clever wheeze
When it all went to the dogs.
- #7173 submitted 01/14/2018:
pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, windsucker, demiurge, upcycling
When my father was diagnosed, he still maintained his sense of humour, like a demiurge skilled in the creation of good out of the essence of evil. In a way, he upcycled his fatal disease into a comedy routine, claiming to have broken the world record for the longest name of a disease ever found, that is, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. That stopped his mates in their tracks, and paid them back for calling him a windsucker in the days before his diagnosis.
- #7168 submitted 01/10/2018:
infundibuliform, spendthrift, cohort, Hogmanay
The hotel in my local town
Was full for Hogmanay,
The spendthrift customers abound
All keen to toast the day;
The crowds that throng Reception are
And cohorts of them fill the Bar
Like hornets in a swarm.
- #7165 submitted 01/08/2018:
senectitude, mendacity, mutatis mutandis, regift
Anne gave me a CD of 70's music, then blamed it on senectitude (but whether she meant hers or mine it was hard to tell.) When I regifted it to our Aunt Doris, with uncaring and barefaced mendacity, Anne then recorded a different version, purporting to have been from me, but mutatis mutandis, deleting the 70's hits and replacing them with 60's classics.
- #7163 submitted 01/06/2018:
scrouge, Twelfth Day, vapid, Brussels sprout
We're SO very sick of Brussels sprouts!
My ungrateful children cry,
They're tasteless, vapid and horrid, they pout
Why serve them? Why oh why?
And now it's not even Christmas, they say,
When you might have had an excuse,
But everything's over, it's now Twelfth Day,
Don't continue with this abuse!
And all the while I'm scrouging past
The table where they took their seat
Avoiding their faces all aghast
To effect a very hasty retreat.
- #7160 submitted 01/05/2018:
volition, scrouge, bindle stiff, Boxing Day
T'was a quiet Boxing Day, and all through the house
Nothing had stirred. (They were drunk as a louse.)
A bindle stiff looked through the window and saw
He could scrouge through a crack in the half-open door.
But he then turned aside, of his own wise volition,
For there on the floor was the "Gun World" edition.
- #7158 submitted 01/04/2018:
satisfice, blossom, hornswoggle, clementine
The quest for fruit was satisficed
When blossom graced the trees;
And clementines did then suffice
The hungry fruitiers need.
The idle talk, hornswoggled folks,
And liars of that season
Were shown to be a foolish joke
And cretins without reason.
- #7156 submitted 01/03/2018:
squirl, quacksalver, sacerdotal, reindeer
When she wrote "The Reindeer Sage"
Miranda was a girl;
She wrote it on her notebook's page
And ended with a squirl.
She claimed a sacerdotal role
For Rudolf, in which he
Dispensed his potions from a bowl
Of magic laurel leaves.
However, he got nowhere near
To legendary fame,
For poisoning his fans, the deer
Quacksalver was proclaimed.
- #7154 submitted 01/02/2018:
hokum, cloud nine, accentuate, mince pie
There once was a medical locum
Who spoke the most terrible hokum
Prescribing mince pies
To heal people's eyes
And peppermint wraps for the scrotum.
But one of his patients drank wine
For a twisted and misshapen spine
And his backside ablated
But pecs accentuated
And he swore he was then on cloud nine!
- #7152 submitted 01/01/2018:
voluntourism, Brooklynite, fete, mulled wine
A Brooklynite of some renown
Asked me to don my velvet gown
And party hard on New Year's Day,
To while the lonely hours away;
I ended up at a gruesome fete
Where there was nothing on the plate,
And mulled wine was not to be served,
And no festivities observed!
But I obtained revenge for this
And for their crimes I phoned Police
They're doing time for antagonism
On forced projects of voluntourism
- #7149 submitted 12/30/2017:
crackjaw, cognate accusative, spiel, festive
Throughout this festive week
I've slept a troubled sleep
Which cognative accusative
Is enough to make one weep;
For pantomimes I've played
Were all of crackjaws made
The spiel I had deal with
Little comedy displayed.
- #7143 submitted 12/25/2017:
quartziferous, Yuletide, conciliate, tinsel
For those who hate
A quartziferous bauble
Left by our squabble
- #7141 submitted 12/24/2017:
obdormition, carol, nativity, mistletoe
It wasn't much of a Christmas do,
I wish I hadn't gone;
They sang some carols at the start
Then everything moved on.
They'd hung the mistletoe upon
The roof of the Nativity scene,
So anyone with a kiss in mind
On the manger they had to lean.
And the final blow was the duff mincepies
That were laced with a sedative potion
And enough stale rum to fell a horse
And gave everyone obdormition.
- #7139 submitted 12/23/2017:
obdormition, pappardelle, flamboyant, Hanukkah
I thought I'd celebrate in style
For Hanukkah this year
By cooking pappardelle and sauce
For me, it's flamboyant and rare!
But others gave me an admonition
That for them it caused an obdormition