Friday, August 26, 2022

Positively Peristreronic

Hello, Hello!

I've been rushing around remembering my get-ready-for-school routine these days. And, it's been really nice to be back in a school full of kids. We are all settling nicely and finding our grooves. 

This past week, I spent some time as a writing student with writing prompts from professor-poet, Dr. Sarah Donovan's Open Write at Ethical ELA. Saturday's guest writer, Gayle Sands, provided a prompt that encouraged poets to find an uncommon word from Merriam-Webster and use it as a prompt. Fun! 

Gayle also provided a great word tool that I'm new to...but I love and hope to use with students next week: 

The result of my learning was enthusiasm for new words and ideas for teaching and learning with students I'm now meeting. This is a win-win!

The word...

Definition: of or relating to pigeons

Pigeons get short-shrift in our stable of avian metaphors. We speak of someone with fine eyesight as eagle-eyed, and hawk lends itself to a variety of words (hawk-like, hawkish, etc.), but rarely do we compare anyone to the humble, intelligent pigeon. Truth be told, it is unlikely that you have a distinct need to use this word anytime soon, but if it happens we want you to be prepared.Besides the poor, who, to misquote a scriptural phrase, are always in evidence, and the scarlet fever epidemic, which, thank goodness, is abating, London at this writing has a congress of the National Society of French Professors, an exhibition of the National Peristeronic Society and a fog—a fog with a big F.

The Boston Herald, 29 Jan. 1888

The definito verse that came from it:

Positively Peristeronic

a nodding amble
quizzical sideways gambol
breadcrumb to breadcrumb
to any edible gift
positively peristeronic

(c) Linda Mitchell

Last week's wordplay at Ethical ELA also produced a poem for Star's padlet:

Thank you, Tanita Davis, for hosting Poetry Friday today! I can't wait to see what everyone's been up to.


  1. Linda, I just recently learned about WordHippo, too. What a terrific site.
    And peristeronic is a new word for me. I never would have guessed its meaning, but your Definito definitely creates an image of a pigeon in my mind. Hope the new school year gets off to a terrific start for you!

  2. Thank you for the new word! You're a month early with your Definito, but you've got my brain tumbling. Peristeronic is such a great word!!! I have a group of about six doves who've decided to live with us, and as they're just solidly colored pigeons I'm happy to have a new word to describe them.

  3. Linda, what a great challenge. I do love words and the thesaurus. You found a great word to write a definito poem. The info was interesting and thanks for Word Hippo. It will be very useful. Have a great day!

  4. I think our undervalued peristeronic feathered friends would get a rousing
    wing-tickle from your upbeat pigeon poem–lovely, and great pic too, thanks Linda!

  5. Peristeronic is a new word for me and your definito paints a great picture. Fantastic word choice throughout--love gambol and amble! So glad to hear you're settling into a groove and your year is off and running.

  6. So creative in your Definito! These odes to the peristeronic elevate them beyond the "sky rats" that annoy many of us!

  7. Oh I love diving into things like this! Fabulous poem.

  8. Love your peristeronic definito! Peristeronic is definitely a new word for me. Thank you for introducing me to WordHippo. What a great site!

  9. PERFECTION! You captured the essence of pigeons in just a few words. I'm going to take a look at WordHippo and see if it might replace RhymeZone for my every thesaurus/rhyming needs!

  10. I need to explore WordHippo more! Thanks for the reminder. And you capture pigeons wonderfully!


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