Friday, July 15, 2011

WWW: Rumbustious

Wonderful Word of the Week no. 3

Rumbustious {adj.} /ˌrəmˈbəsCHəs/1. Boisterous or unruly

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Rum, rum, rummmmmmbling.  That's rumbustious.

I came across this word while trying to spell rambunctious.  Even now the spell check in Blogger is giving me a little red squiggly line.  What?  No rambunctious?  I love that word!  Turns out RUMBUSTIOUS will do just as well instead.  Doesn't come up as misspelled.

(see the difference there?)

Noisy, loud, rowdy ...and in. your. face.  That's rumbustious.

Sid the Sloth
Uproarious, tumultuous, clamorous...

Rather than explaining the above in further creative ways, how about we look at what is NOT the essence of rumbustious-ness. 

Snails of the garden variety.  Tulips, or basically any other type of inactive plant.  Getting out of bed on cold mornings.  Whispering in libraries.  My Internet connection.  Sheep.  Calm, still waters.  Molasses.

Oh, and sloths.

Sloths are real calm.  Everything in sloooooow motion.

But what if we had a sloth that was a little more active under certain circumstances (such as running for his life?)

This time skiing for his life.

Now that's rumbustious.

PS. This word is for Millie Bee since I think she might find it comes in handy in the next week.  You just tell them they're all too rumbustious, Millie, and when they ask you what that means, tell them to guess.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks you! I was simply running out of words -already used noisy, loud, rowdy, uproarious, tumultuous and clamorous. You're an absolute lifesaver.


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