After watching W.C. Fields in Bank Dick, I’m sharing several delightful words he used with his prospective son-in-law.
Petrichor – n. the pleasant smell after a rain fall.
“Petrichor.” (2019). Oxford Dictionary. Retrieved from https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/petrichor on a rainy May 2, 2019.
The video of rain is great if you like falling to sleep to the sound of rain. It goes for hours.
Cat’s paw: noun. A person who is used by another to carry out an unpleasant or dangerous task.
simulacrum: noun, plural sim·u·la·cra [sim-yuh–ley-kruh] /ˌsɪm yəˈleɪ krə/.
- a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance.
- an effigy, image, or representation:a simulacrum of Aphrodite.
- Morality demands “the good,” and not a simulacrum or make-shift.
- Indeed, I was not so much impressed by the reality as I had been by the simulacrum in my dream of sunrise in the moon. John Munroe
I ran across while reading Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer. I’m not sure the main character is that erudite that he’d actually know and use this highfalutin’ word.
“simulacrum.” (n.d.) Dictionary.com, Retrieved from https://www.dictionary.com/browse/simulacrum on March 28, 2019.
Dunning-Kruger Effect – a psychological term referring to the instance of people of low ability having the cognitive bias of believing they are more intelligent than others because they can’t understand their own limits and other’s strengths.
I’ve seen this in life, but didn’t know there was a term for it.
Shakespeare described it as follows:
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”
— As You Like It
bardolatry (n) – excessive admiration of William Shakespeare.
Yes, this is a real word!