The Letter Y

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week, where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter Y.

Here are Deb’s Y-words:

Place – yard
Emotion – yearn
Adjective – yummy
Verb – yawn
Animal – yuhina

“What were you doing with your binoculars looking into our neighbor’s yard?” Karen asked her husband. “Were you gawking at Donna? I know you yearn for her, don’t you? And don’t you dare lie to me, either.”

Bill yawned, as if emphasizing a sign of boredom. “Well, Donna is rather yummy looking, isn’t she?”

Donna gasped. “I knew it!” she said, trying hard not to cry.

Bill walked over and put his arms around his wife. “But she’s not nearly as yummy as you are, Karen. You’re the yummiest woman I know.”

Karen looked up at her husband and said, “So what were you doing looking into her yard, then?”

“I heard a bird singing and I was unfamiliar with its sound and I wondered what kind of bird it was. So I grabbed my binoculars and found a nest of the unusual, for these parts, anyway, yahina bird in a tree in her backyard,” Bill explained. “Here,” he said, handing his binoculars to Karen.

Karen put the binoculars up to her eyes, looked into their neighbor’s yard, and said, “I see it. It’s a very unusual bird.”

“Yes it is,” Bill said, quickly taking back the binoculars before Karen could spot Donna, who was sunbathing in the nude on the other side of the wooden fence that separated their yards.

9 thoughts on “The Letter Y

  1. Sadje September 18, 2022 / 6:57 am

    I think their relationship is not going to last long.

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  2. Marleen September 18, 2022 / 10:43 am

    Cool bird!

    Your story (before the punchline though) reminded me of the time (early seventies) a neighbor (happily married) gave us some extra muffins she had made. My dad was in the kitchen and said something like, “This is yummy.” I remember the scene visually to this day.

    My mom (I don’t know what she said if anything other than an angry exclamation) threw her muffin across from the dining room doorway at Dad. My dad paused, stunned, when this hit his shoulder. Perhaps the realization of the century, “Well, you little jerk.”

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    • Marleen September 18, 2022 / 12:54 pm

      … Intransitive sense of “make a sudden spasmodic motion” is from c. 1600. Compare Middle English yerkid, an adjective apparently meaning “pulled tight” (early 15c.), which has the form of a past participle. Also compare Middle English ferken “move hastily; drive (something) forward,” from Old English fercian


  3. JT Twissel September 18, 2022 / 12:16 pm

    I guess they are two different ways of bird watching!

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  4. Nope, Not Pam September 18, 2022 / 1:21 pm

    Wow, he was one very lucky chucky 😂

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