Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Word purr-fect..

Desperate for a blog topic this morning, I went to a few "word of the day" sites, because they are often wonderful idea generators. I prefer the site, wordthing.com, because it's easy to navigate, has a clean clear format and keeps a list of the previous six or seven words offered. Their word for today, however, was plagiarize. Well, no I wasn't going to do that for a blog post. Other words for the past few days were, ravenous, perpetuity and enigmatic - all wonderful words, but nothing that sparked the imagination, not today, anyway.

I went onto another site, merriam-webster.com. Their word for today was "gritty." It probably has some substance, because it's been around since the12th century, but I wasn't inspired here either. I scrolled down the page, hoping that some force from the cosmos would direct me to a morsel or two for a blog feed - can I say that? Well, lo and behold at the bottom of the page was a link to a product that the dictionary was flogging - a cat food dish. OK, this was not just any old cat food dish for any old cat. This was a high brow literary food dish in two sizes. The dish is white with the definition of the word "purr" on the side of the bowl!!

Cat contemplating life - maybe.

What brilliance!! How does a publishing house make money, when no one buys its books anymore, because all word definitions are free on-line? Why it fuses its product - word definitions - with the other most popular item on-line - cats!! Why didn't I think of making knitted lace shawls for cats??? I used to sell printed patterns to knit lace shawls, however, now that everything is free on-line, I have had to come up with some other ideas.  I did not, however, manage to think of a way that I could combine knitting with cats, how stupid of me!!

Purr, by the way, means - a low vibratory murmur typical of an apparently contented or pleased cat.

There are so many amazing minds out there, it's hard to keep up. I didn't look to see if they had the equivalent for a dog. Then again, dogs haven't gone quite as viral as cats. Also, dogs don't purr, they pant, slobber or wag their tails. There is nothing subtle here. Nothing that says educated intellectual. No a purr is closer to a professor's hmmm, as in, let me think about this for a while. In the meantime, I'll just have a short nap and pretend that I am contemplating great "things."

Have a purrr-fect day.

4 comments:

  1. Carol, as I read this, my cat is sitting on my lap and purring... a coincidence? I think not!

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  2. The electronic age has made a lot of folks have to rethink how to market. Brilliant idea and I agree - pets are a good target. I like how you admit you get stumped for topics. Have you thought of tossing some scrabble tiles out and seeing what comes? Sort of like reading tea leaves, perhaps...

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  3. I was once told that English was an easy language. It is so wrong. I am amazed with all the words and the subtle nuances attached to each words. Your post clearly illustrates this...

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