Word of the Week 040821

Hank Aaron

Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the April 8 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.

It was on this date in 1974, at AtlantaFulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record.

Aaron passed Ruth on the all-time home run list at age 40, and then played parts of two more seasons to put the finishing touches on a Major League career that spanned 23 seasons, from his debut as a 20-year-old for the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 to his retirement in 1976 as a 25-time All-Star, National League Most Valuable Player (1957) and two-time batting champion.

He hit .393 when the Braves won a seven-game World Series against the Yankees in 1957. He was baseball's home run king for 33 years.

You don't have to be into baseball lingo to get today's Word of the Week.

But take a swing at forsooth. No stealing signs here.

Does forsooth mean:

A: Disappointment. "The entire team is mired in forsooth," said the announcer. "This rain has forced the cancelation of the game."

B: In substitution of. "What the heck is the manager thinking?" said the announcer. "You don't forsooth the pitcher to hit for Henry Aaron!"

C: Indeed (often used ironically or to express surprise or indignation). "Forsooth! Hammerin' Hank got all of that one," exclaimed the announcer. "he hit that one completely out of the ball park."

D: Run all out. "Not only does Hank slug homeruns," said the announcer, "but he can forsooth a triple now and then too."

Hank Aaron died at age 86 on Jan. 22, 2021.

More than 44 years after his last game, he still ranks first on baseball's all-time list in RBIs (2,297), second in home runs (755), third in hits (3,771) and fourth in runs (2,174). His career batting average was .305. The Hank Aaron Award has been given to the top hitter in each league, as voted on by fans and the media, annually since 1999.

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