We’ve commenced our journey backward through Webster’s 3rd. I’m picking a word near the end 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 …
byzen [or bizen] noun
a disgraceful spectacle or example [from OE bisen] [English dialect term]
That byzen really spoiled his rep—
And now he’d better watch his step:
The women think he’s off the chart;
His boss thinks it is time to part;
The press—both old and very new—
Are filing stories … much ado!
And now that he has sobered up,
He sees that even his new pup
Wants nothing more to do with him.
And so he travels to the rim
Of Arizona’s canyon grand;
He leaps … I wonder where he’ll land?
Perhaps there in the river mud—
Or on the rocks? Oh, such a dud
Our crazy friend turned out to be:
One byzen, then … eternity.