This new series—“Wordbirds”—arises from a journey I am taking through my Webster’s 3rd Dictionary. What I'm doing: I look on the first page for each letter, and the first word that flies up at me (because I don’t know it, because I just think it’s interesting, etc.) becomes the subject for that day’s doggerel. I will move through letter z, then work my way back again, the second time using the last page of each letter’s section of Webster's. Let’s see what happens ...
Words that flew into my life from Webster’s 3rd …
labefaction noun (LAB-uh-FAK-shun)
a weakening or impairment, especially of moral principles or civil order
The candidates were all concerned
With labefaction, so they tried
To show the voters how to turn
To better ways. And, oh, they cried
About opponents’ roles in this—
Corruption, cowardice (the like).
Oh, yes, they saw so much amiss
They just intensified their strike
Against the ones whom they all blamed—
From lazy folks to evil elves.
They really should have been ashamed,
For worst of all were they themselves.