Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the Oct. 3 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.
It was on this date in 1789, George Washington proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving
On this date in 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln designated the last Thursday in November as the "Thanksgiving" holiday we know now.
So, you can see even back then, it takes the government about 74 years to decide something is a good idea.
We have a few weeks before we need to start planning our Thanksgiving dinner and political arguments with family, so let us ponder blatherskite.
It's entirely possible Washington used this word.
Does blatherskite mean:
A: Cannon shot. "Load the cannons with blatherskite," Lincoln told Gen. McClellan. "I mean, if you find the time to actually fight a battle."
B: Nonsense. "Look, Tommy, Baby, I'm all for this Declaration of Independence thing," Washington told Thomas Jefferson. "But what if the king thinks it's just blatherskite?"
C: Dry crackers. "Good grief," said President Lincoln as he sampled the soldier's blatherskite. "This is worse than Mrs. Lincoln's biscuits."
D: A horse blanket. "Jumping frogs," General Washington said at Valley Forge. "If it gets any colder I'm grabbing the blatherskite off my horse."
In addition to being president, Washington and Lincoln shared other traits.
Both lost parents at an early age, and had difficult relations with the surviving parents into adulthood (Washington's mother was a nightmare, while Lincoln refused to visit his father on his deathbed).
Both married women from more socially prominent families (Martha was the richest woman in America).
Most of all, since both had experienced poverty and hardship in youth, they had an understanding of the needs of those who were not as well situated as they were themselves.
This sympathy made them capable of seeing beyond their immediate situations, and made them more effective as leaders.
The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "B."