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Hi Everyone!

I know what you are thinking. MacGyver is the great TV show with a person that knows how to make anything out of anything that is available.
But – hang on to your hat, cap, top hat, bonnet, akubra, beret, cloche, beanie, deerstalker, and many, many more.

MacGyver means: “To make, form, or repair (something) with what is conveniently on hand.” (verb).

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Hi Everyone!

So what do you think about this word? Have you dragged out your dictionary? Which search engine did you use? Or did you try all of them to make sure they were all reading the same way?

Here’s a breakdown of what the word is;

Have you ever heard a cat wailing and felt that you could relate? Apparently some hungover German speakers once did. Katzenjammer comes from German Katze (meaning “cat”) and Jammer (meaning “distress” or “misery”). English speakers borrowed the word for their hangovers (and other distressful inner states) in the first half of the 19th century and eventually applied it to outer commotion as well.
The word isn’t as popular in English today as it was around the mid-20th century, but it’s well-known to many because of The Katzenjammer Kids, a long-running comic strip featuring the incorrigibly mischievous twins Hans and Fritz.  
Examples of KATZENJAMMER “I drank too much that night and woke up submerged in a post-wine katzenjammer
undefinedthe next morning. My head was buzzing, and every fiber of my body slowly shriveled and wilted as the alcohol exited it.” By Mac Lethal, Texts from Bennett, 2013

Hans and Fritz

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Hi Everyone!

Yeah! It’s Friday!

Here’s some F.Y.I.:
Ecstatic has been used in our language since the late 16th century, and the noun 
ecstasy is even older, dating from the 1300s. Both derive from the Greek verb existanai (“to put out of place”), which was used in a Greek phrase meaning “to drive someone out of his or her mind.”  [It’s scary to read or hear what words use to mean eons ago!!]
In early use, ecstatic was sometimes linked to mystic trances, out-of-body experiences, and temporary madness. Today, however, it typically implies a state of enthusiastic excitement or intense happiness.

Thank goodness it now means enthusiastic, excitement, overwhelming, you feel like you are on cloud nine (9).

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Hi Everyone!

Hope: Oh My Gosh! It’s really you! Mr. Charlie Chan, thank goodness you’re here my friend has Abby has been shanghai. Can you help me and her other friends to find her?

undefinedMr. Charlie Chan: Of course that’s why I stopped in to see you. Now give me the details.

Wait, wait, wait! One at a time ladies!!

Friends of Abby’s meeting with Charlie Chan

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What do you mean? I’m not that gullible!! Or am I?

  • Hope: I can’t believe it! I just can’t believe it!! It happened again to the Haglerstons. That poor couple. Somebody tried to buy their old moving cart and tried to pay them with three ($3.00) dollar bills.
  • Mable: Now just to let you know we use to have $3.00 bills back in the 1800’s. 
    • Hope: Now according to World News Nightly article on 5/05/2015 the $3.00 bill will be printed with George W. Bush picture. These bills were suppose to have “geolocation tracking”.
      • As far as I can tell the $3.00 bill is non-existence.
    • Mable: Thank goodness the Griffins stopped by and saved the day!
    • Hope: You’re right Mable. The Griffins learned from a young age on “con-artists” and how they cheat elders.

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Hi Everyone!

Have you “thole” lately?

Dot: Hope here is a pin to hold picture on your investigation board.
Hope: Thanks Dot! I have to organize my information better, I can barely tolerate the way it looks now.

Hope: Abby, I picked up some violin pegs so you can practice this afternoon before the concert tonight.

Abby: Thanks Hope!

Mable: Harry! Harry! Open the door please! I am loaded to the gunwales with groceries. Harry, if you want supper tonight…..
Harry: Sorry for the delay I was getting the pots
and pans your delicious stew.

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