Fibbing Friday — Word Meanings

Di (aka Pensitivity101) and Melanie (Sparks From a Combustible Mind) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. This week is Melanie’s turn and she gives us some words to define.

1. What is an abbozzo? A clown 🤡
2. What does it mean to absquatulate?
To divide a number by itself.
3. What is a biggin?
The opposite of an endin.
4. What is a daedalist?
A list of coffins maintained by a funeral director.
5. What is gamophobia?
A fear of gramophones.
6. What is a holm?
A type of apple.
7. What is jettatura?
A model of Volkswagen.
8. What is a keffel?
The waterproof lining of a duffle bag.
9. What is meant by labtebricole?
A pastry made with Brie cheese and raspberry preserves.
10. What is a lacuna?
A freshwater fish found in the Great Lakes.

Friday Fictioneers — Wrong Side of the Road

“You know they drive on the wrong side of the road over here, don’t you?” my wife asked.

“I know that,” I snapped. “I’m not stupid.”

“And you feel comfortable driving on the wrong side of the road?” she asked.

“I’m not an idiot,” I said. “I can handle it.”

“Are you sure you don’t want to hire a driver to take us to the Castle?”

“Dammit, woman, I said I can handle it. Now get in the goddam rental car.”

“Okay, but if you’re driving, why are you getting into the passenger side?” she asked.

“Fine. You drive.”

(99 words)

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Sandra Crook.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — August 5th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 5th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on August 5, 2019.

The Odd Couple


Just like every Leo, she always had to be the center of attention. But as an Aries, I, too, can be passionate, confident, and very direct. So yes, we did clash quite a bit. But that’s to be expected, isn’t it? We are both, after all, fire signs and are each strong willed, so a certain amount of discordance shouldn’t be a surprise.

Sometime we collide about minor things, like whether to go to Disneyland or to Magic Mountain for a vacation. Or that she loves to soak in a tub for hours, while I am in and out of the shower within three minutes. At other times our whole orientation is in conflict, like her being more of a home body who would be happy spending the evening sipping wine in front of the fireplace, while my preference would be to live a more nomadic life, driving around the country visiting scenic national parks in an RV.

The truth is, though, that I find her to be a totally bewitching woman and she finds me to be an extraordinarily fascinating man. And while we are occasionally at each other’s throats, there is nothing that anyone can do to chip away at our love. We may seem to be an odd couple, but together, we have zero tolerance for anyone who would dare to try to tear us apart.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday prompt, where the first line is, “Just like every Leo, she always had to be the center of attention.” Also for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “Disneyland,” “fireplace,” and “zero.” And for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (mountain), The Daily Spur (shower), Nova’s Daily Random Word (nomadic), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (bewitching), and Word of the Day Challenge (chip).

FOWC with Fandango — Explicit


It’s August 5, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “explicit.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.