Monday, March 16, 2009

Word of the Day

Learned a new word the other day: funeralize.

You hear it in African American vernacular, but it also shows up in general rural usage.

You may have heard of James Whitcomb Riley, Indiana's most famous popular poet. His niece wrote of him:
He had once said that if any minister ever “orated” or “funeralized” over him, he would surely arise and “kick the tail-gate” out of his coffin!
Funeralizing ministers
somehow struck him as sinister.

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