Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the Nov. 7 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.
It was on this date in 1908, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were allegedly killed in San Vicente Canton, Bolivia.
At least that's how the Paul Newman and Robert Redford movie version ends.
The Bolivian authorities entered the house the morning after they allegedly shot the bandits where they found two bodies with numerous bullet wounds to the arms and legs.
The man assumed to Sundance had a bullet wound in the forehead, and the man thought to be Cassidy had a bullet hole in the temple.
The local police report speculated that, judging from the positions of the bodies, Cassidy had probably shot the fatally wounded Sundance to put him out of his misery, then killed himself.
But rumors persisted for years that Cassidy survived the incident and died of old age in the 1930s.
What researchers do know is the definition of mawkish.
It's our word for this week.
Does mawkish mean:
A: Exaggeratedly sentimental or emotional. "I won't watch you die," Etta Place mawkishly told Butch and Sundance.
B: Very observant. Butch looked back over the trail mawkishly. "They'll never follow us up here," he said of the posse.
C: Displaying false courage. "Now, Butch, you know I can't open that safe for you," said Woodcock in his best mawkish voice. "You'll just have to blow me and the express car up if you want that money."
D: Sarcastic. "Think you used enough dynamite, there, Butch?" Sundance asked mawkishly.
Residents in Cassidy's hometown of Circleville, Utah claimed in an interview that he worked in Nevada until his death.
Western historian Charles Kelly observed in his 1938 book The Outlaw Trail: A History of Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch that "it seems exceedingly strange" that Cassidy never returned to Circleville, Utah to visit his father if he was in fact still alive.
Bruce Chatwin in his classic travel book, "In Patagonia" says "I went to see the star witness; his sister, Mrs. Lulu Parker Betenson, a forthright and energetic woman in her nineties. She has no doubts: her brother came back and ate blueberry pie with family at Circleville in the summer of 1925. She believes he died of pneumonia in Washington State in the late 1930s.
The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "A."