Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wednesday's learn and earn...


funambulism  \fyoo-NAM-buh-liz-um\ ~ noun

1: tightrope walking
2: a show especially of mental agility

EXAMPLES: As a game-show contestant Brenda amazed us all with her funambulism, answering every question correctly to win the $10,000 first prize.

"I have some personal experience with funambulism, as both a performer and an instructor. When new students step onto the rope or cable (depending upon the particular rigging), they almost always begin with the same flawed game plan. They stare down at the wire to make sure that they have the proper footing. And so they fall." -- From Dan Thurmon's 2010 book Off Balance on Purpose: Embrace Uncertainty and Create a Life You Love

DID YOU KNOW? Back in ancient Rome, tightrope walking was a popular spectacle at public gatherings. The Latin word for "tightrope walker" is "funambulus," from the Latin "funis," meaning "rope," plus "ambulare," meaning "to walk." It doesn't take any funambulism on our part to see how the word for an impressive act of physical skill and agility came to mean an impressive act of mental skill or agility. That extended sense of the word has been around since at least 1886, when British academic and writer Augustus Jessopp described the act of diagramming sentences as "horrible lessons of ghastly grammar and dreary funambulism."


We love chicken at our house so this was a perfect rebate for us.  Gold'n Plump is offering a free thermometer fork with the purchase of three Gold'n Plump whole chickens.  These are wonderful to use with your grilling outside.  Just fill in the rebate form on your computer then print it off and mail it in with your three UPC codes and the original cash register receipt with the prices circled.  All rebates must be post marked no later than February 28, 2011.  Only one rebate per household, allow 6 to 8 weeks for them to process your request.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!




  1. We are big chicken folks here too. One would think in MT. we would be more beef. Great find. We should do this. Thanks for the heads up.

    Great word today.

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