Monday, June 02, 2008

My Town Wednesday: Time to Absquatulate

We're leaving Wednesday for a long weekend trip to Wisconsin for a family reunion and to celebrate my mother's birthday. I'm surrounded by laundry, to-do lists, and last-minute reminders of what to pack. Wisconsin, in a bizarre twist, has different weather than Texas and requires more than sundresses and flipflops.

Thank goodness we have a daily calendar from the Princeton Review that offers up a word of the day, along with the promise to "Help students define their futures." Not sure how a calendar can do that, but our family has fun working in the vocab into daily dialogue.

Today's word:

ABSQUATULATE (ab-SKWOCH-uh-late)

Just for fun, do you think it means...
a) to decamp; to depart in a hurry
b) to emit gas from the abdominal cavity
c) to eliminate primitive beasts from wooded areas
d) to exercise core muscles by calisthenic repititions

If you picked A, you are correct! Although, I still think ABSQUATULATE sounds like it falls in the flatulence camp, which is why I whipped up the little quiz. (Also, word play is an excellent procrastination tool when one's to-do list makes one want to weep and/or surrender all plans watch Bones episodes on Hulu.)

I digress. After the laundry, the packing, the squishing of gifts into overloaded suitcases, we'll absquatulate our home environs and head north. To the land of the Packer Backers, the great lakes, and lots and lots of white food.

Will post when I return next week. Until then, my blogger friends, best wishes on any absquatulations in your future.

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24 Comments:

Blogger debra said...

Have a great trip. Can't wait to read about it when you return. And I will try to incorporate absquatulate into my vocabulary.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Mathilda said...

Heck yes, Wisconsin!

If you need any good restaurant recommendations or Brewers tickets, let me know. I got some connections around these areas (well, in Milwaukee, anyway). And, actually, if you are in the Milwaukee area, Harry Schwartz's bookstores work amazingly with authors.

But, you're on vacation... what am I talking about?

;) Sarah ;)

1:35 PM  
Blogger Linda McLaughlin said...

Have a great trip.

Linda

2:04 PM  
Blogger Terrie Farley Moran said...

Britta,

Have a great time!

I had no idea what Absquatulate means and I am wondering if it is pronounced: AB SQUAT U LATE.

Terrie

2:52 PM  
Blogger "Bluebonnet in the snow" said...

Have fun visiting your family and enjoy the cooler weather!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Josephine Damian said...

Kinda figured it went with abscond - which means to carry away, so based on the root, I guessed right.

Have fun up north. Must be nice to go someplace cooler. If only I too could escape the heat.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Barbara Martin said...

Enjoy your trip and I'm certain you'll enlighten your readers when you return.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Thanks, Debra. Let us know how your absquatulationisms work out.

Sarah, next time I'm in Wisconsin with more free hours I'll definitely take you up on the tickets. We're staying in St. Croix Falls, exploring Polk County. Hopefully we'll make a day trip to see a Great Lake. Would love to have clam chowder overlooking the water. Any suggestions? Also, do the Great Lakes have clams???

Thanks, Linda, and welcome to the blog.

Terrie, I'm not solid on the pronounciation either. The phonetic key is a little Greek to me. I'm wondering if it's ABS + SQUATS -- TOO LATE!

Thanks, Bluebonnet. My only fear is I'll overpack for layering and get charged $5,000 for overweight luggage.

Josephine, check you out with the root words! Excellent show. And yes, I'm looking forward to cooler climes.

Hi Barbara, and welcome. I'll do my best to enlighten, or at least try not to confuse, inhibit, or otherwise impede others from general illuminations.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Have fun.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Renae said...

Hmmmmm . . .

As in, "I must absuatulate to the gym to do my ab squats . . . too late! I am over forty now, and my body is absquatulating towards decline . . .

I don't think I like this word at all.

Have a fun trip, Britta! ;-)

5:57 PM  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

Have a good trip! :)

9:57 PM  
Blogger Debbielou said...

Bon voyage !

I thought that it was a definite "B" I'll think I'll use that phrase in my household from now on !!

1:14 AM  
Blogger Travis Erwin said...

We expect pictures upon your return.

6:02 AM  
Blogger Mathilda said...

You should probably head on up to Duluth, MN (about a two hour trip from where you will be, I think). I have an amazing librarian colleague/friend up in that area and he enjoys it.

Yes, the great lakes have fresh water clams.

9:45 AM  
Blogger dee said...

you know...the blog is too funny...its almost like you should...I don't know....write or something....

8:24 PM  
Blogger lyzzydee said...

I must try and use that word!!!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Billy said...

I am proud to say I was a Packer Backer since 1962. No cheeseheads back then, but I hope you buy one in case you run out of lampshades for the next new years eve party. I love the word. I guessed A, although I agree it would have been so much more fun if it had been related to gas. Pleasant trip!

10:08 AM  
Blogger The Anti-Wife said...

Hi Britta! Love the new word. Have a great time on your trip.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Kern said...

Wisconsin was beautiful. The weather was nice and cool. The St. Croix river was my favorite. Next stop is Jamaica, I am ready to go!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Middle Ditch said...

Have fun! Tell us all about it when you return.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Leigh Russell said...

I would have guessed B. Have a good trip.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Travis Erwin said...

Did they kidnap you in Wisconsin? I'm sure we can gather some ransom money to free you so that you can return to the Lone Star state.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Mathilda said...

People in Wisconsin are generally not known for their kidnapping. Cheese and beer, yes, but kidnapping, not so much.

(Says the newest bookseller from Harry Schwartz bookstore ;) That's right... I am an official employed MA/MLIS graduate. 30% off of all HS books and FREE GALLEYS!!! Heck to the yes!!!)

5:56 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Thanks Charles, Lana, Middle ditch and Leigh for the well wishes for our travel. Wisconsin is simply too beautiful...I'll have to dig for pictures. I'm terrible about photography on leisure trips.

Kern, did you find our Wisconsin pictures on the camera???

Debbielou and Lyzzydee, I believe in the freedom of reinterpreting words. Feel free to absquatulate however you like.

Renae, love the absquatulating toward decline line.

Anti-wife, I'm glad you like the word, too. I'll have to come up with another entry so we can all guess.

Thanks, Dee, on the writing encouragement. Believe it or not, I've been a good girl this summer. :)

Travis, I'm back in the Lone Star State, but thanks for rallying the search party. If anyone could locate a Texan up north, it would be you.

Billy, my mother is a diehard Packer Backer which is a sight to see here in Dallas. She wears her cheesehead with pride, and I went so far as to buy her a pair of matching earrings for Christmas. She loves them.

Mathilda, CONGRATS on the bookseller job! Way to go, you. English majors around the world celebrate your employment.

10:18 AM  

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