Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the Jan. 13 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.
It was on this date in 1900, Edith was born. Edith was raised in Salem Township and married a fellow named Henry. Along about 1964, Edith had a grandson who would grow up to enjoy writing somewhat silly word game columns.
Edith saw many wondrous things during her 97 years. Born before the Wright Brothers took to the air over Kitty Hawk, she would see men land on the moon and the space shuttle fly.
She also witnessed two World Wars, the Spanish Influenza pandemic and the evolution of cars from the Model T to the Corvette.
Yet she never drove a car herself and never flew in an airplane or a space shuttle for that matter.
Her yard and surrounding ground served as great place to do kid-stuff and sometimes, a kid could get a slice of "sugar bread."
Edith read her Bible and her Grit newspaper. But did she ever encounter the word "suss?"
Maybe so, and she had a dictionary handy to look it up. Does "suss" mean:
A: Discover the true nature of. Edith sussed Rodney might have problems in life when he peed on the cow fence.
B: Cook from scratch. Edith sussed her fried chicken every Sunday after church.
C: Chastise. "I never talk back to Grandma," said Rodney. "She susses with a hickory stick."
D: Consider. Edith sussed the idea the fresh cookies might have been swiped by her visiting grandsons.
Edith earned a teaching degree from Clarion Normal School in 1918 and taught classes in a one-room school house during the Spanish Flu crisis. She had to give up teaching, however, when she married, because it just wasn't proper for the school marm to be married.
Happy birthday, Edith.
The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "A."