Word of the Week 090921

Elvis

Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the Sept. 9 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.

It was on this date in 1956 that Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. Somewhere in Illinois or Missouri, a 12-year-old girl named Beverly might have been watching because it was her birthday.

With 60 million viewers -- or 82.6 percent of TV viewers at the time -- tuning in, the appearance garnered the show's best ratings in two years and became the most-watched TV broadcast of the 1950s.

Presley performed "Don't Be Cruel," Little Richard's "Ready Teddy" and "Hound Dog" and viewers got a full head-to-toe look at the singer despite fears of "vulgar" hip-shaking gyrations.

But Elvis did not say the word "adjure."

Does adjure mean:

A: Blue. "Hey, get off my adjure suede shoes," cried Elvis. "Hey, that might make a good song"

B: Urge someone earnestly to do something. Elvis ask his girlfriend adjurely, "Love me tender, love me sweet hey, that might make a good song."

C: Suspicious. "We can't go on together with adjure minds, baby," Elvis told Ann Margret. "Hey, that might make a good song"

D: Shook up. "Oh man, I'm all adjure about dropping my sammich," said Elvis. "Hey, that might make a good song"

"When it was over, parents and critics, as usual, did a lot of futile grumbling at the vulgarity of this strange phenomenon that must somehow be reckoned with," a reviewer for Time magazine wrote at the time.

Other guests that night included singers Dorothy Sarnoff and Amru Sani, a comedy act from novelty quartet The Vagabonds, a tap dancing duo and an acrobat act.

The Word of the Week Institute wishes Beverly a very happy birthday, even if she didn't see Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "B".