… you know, words are beautiful things…. and finding just the right word for a description or an act is an art form….

… and some words are so incredibly evocative that they just ooze meaning as they roll off the tongue… and the mouth feels warmer and softer for having uttered the phrase….

… Elisson even mentions how certain words catch the mind and give it an unexpected spin for amusement….

… indeed, language is a gorgeous thing….

… yesterday, while mundanely choring around the Compound here, I happened to spy one of the Missus’s potted houseplants in the guest bathroom…

…. and, well, I just could not help but take a photo….

…. It was once a small collection of hardy desert plants… an aloe, perhaps, and a tiny cactus…. maybe even a drought-resistant fern of some kind…. behold, rubberneckers…..


.. ladies and gentlemen, I give you today’s word…. ‘succulent’……

… the mind, while mighty and broad, still boggles at the sheer amount of will power expended upon a potted desert plant to kill it so very, very dead…..

… hey, around here?... we take ‘gross negligence’ to whole new heights…..

by Eric on January 08, 2007 | Bullshit (13) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
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Geez! I didn't think it was possible to kill a cactus by not watering them (which I'm presuming was the cause of death). I've seen them burst through over-watering, but to die of thirst - think you picked the wrong cactus man.

Bullshitted by Mark on January 8, 2007 11:42 AM

Eric: putting the "Suck" in "Succulent."

Bullshitted by Elisson on January 8, 2007 12:20 PM

We are perfectly capable of causing such a death here in the House of Boudicca. For the longest time my dad used to say my Mom was the only person he knew that could kill heather. We now know that the apple did not fall far from the tree and I too can kill heather... perhaps quicker than she can. You know... genetically perfecting the art of killing plants.

I often joke that the local botanical societies have a Most Wanted poster with my face on it saying, "DO NOT sell to HER!"

Bullshitted by Bou on January 8, 2007 12:25 PM

Reminds me of my ex housemate.
She killed dozens of cacti before I managed to convince her she could not do plants.....

Bullshitted by Fiona on January 8, 2007 01:00 PM

"succulent" ain't that something you do during that religious holiday just before Easter?

Bullshitted by GUYK on January 8, 2007 02:15 PM

Oh my... There's no redemption to be found there. The Suck in Succulent indeed...

Bullshitted by Richmond on January 8, 2007 04:26 PM

Oh dear...that's pretty dead. Is she related to me? {wink}

Bullshitted by Lady Mac on January 8, 2007 04:29 PM

ahhh...succulent, now THAT my friends is a sweet word.

The word that baffles me is "potted". Who thought of that word...yeah i know it is extended from pot...but potted? Potted plant? Potted meat?...but to put the two words, succulent and potted, in the same sentence?

The mind boggles.

Bullshitted by imp on January 8, 2007 05:26 PM

Damn, boy. Them plants was close to death when I visited the compound. I think I gave them a dixie cup of water laced with a bit of Crest just because they tugged at my heart strings.

Bullshitted by bitterman on January 8, 2007 06:16 PM

Those poor plants!

Bullshitted by Maeve on January 8, 2007 10:29 PM

Oh, heh.

For a second there I thought you were talking about me, what with beautiful words rolling off the tongue.

Here's a word that had me in stitches, recently: t-u-r-d.

Really, just swish that around in your noggin' for a while.

Bullshitted by Erica on January 8, 2007 11:16 PM

I have no houseplants... that would be why. *grin*

Bullshitted by Teresa on January 9, 2007 01:32 PM

My new favorite word is masticate.

Bullshitted by trouble on January 10, 2007 12:38 PM