Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wordbirds, 69

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 3rd

platycrania noun
the condition of the skull caused by artificial flattening

There was a certain mania
In town for platycrania.

The men in town with rounded heads
Were smooshing them (then growing dreads).

They looked a bit like stumps o’ergrown,
But this involved just hair and bone—

Okay, and quite a bit of skin,
But what a quandry they were in

When women said the look was yuck—
A sort of hatless Donald Duck.

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