Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wordbirds, 68

AT LAST—We’ve now commenced our third—and final—journey through Webster’s 3rd. This time, I’m picking a word near the middle of each entry for each letter—a word that interests me for some reason or a word I’d not ever known before—and surrounding it with a frayed coat of doggerel.

Words that flew into my life from Webster’s 3r

opsimath noun
a person who begins to learn late in life

He'd taken quite a different path—
But he was cool, the opsimath.
He knew that never’s worse than late,
And since he’d never found a mate,
He thought he’d be a college guy—
At least he’d give the thing a try.
So off he went to Harvard, where
He fell in love with English—rare,
I know, but so it is with Love:
It doesn’t matter what you’re thinking of.
And literature brought to his life
Both passion and a loving wife,
Another opsimath who found
Him reading lines by Ezra Pound.

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