STOOP: a small porch


We’ve talked before about archaic terms which date back to “the old days.”   Such as davenport (couch); galoshes (boots); and overhauls (jeans.)  But that’s not an exhaustive list.  There are many more. Today’s word, stoop, is one of them.  It is a word that means a small porch, or entry way.    It is important that […]

FRITTER: a food consisting of batter in which such things as corn are mixed before frying

“Back in the day” when I was a kid we lived in a community where I was surrounded by cousins.   My father’s brothers and sister all lived in the same vicinity, and there were plenty of kids to go around.  And there were extended families on my mother’s side in the area, as well. My […]

MONKEY TRAP: A clever trap of any sort, that owes its success to the ineptitude or gullibility of the victim.

monkey traps

The story is told that residents of primitive communities discovered a way to capture or kill monkeys that were otherwise too elusive.   They would fashion a hole in a tree, or in some other object, just large enough for a monkey’s hand to fit through.   Then they would drop a piece of fruit into the […]