Greetings Word of the Week fans and welcome to the Jan. 7 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.
It was on this date in 1927 that the first transatlantic telephone service is established from New York City to London.
Lloyd Hemmingtonshire answered the telephone in his London flat and was greeted by "Hi, We're calling about your car's warranty which is about to expire."
It set diplomatic relations between our two countries back to about 1777 status, which if you remember from your history classes, those relations weren't that good.
Now while Lloyd was trying to get out of that conversation, we wonder if he used the word gewgaw.
It's a noun. Does gewgaw mean:
A: A command to a mule meaning pull harder. "Gewgaw, Ruth!" Festus shouted at his mule. "Matthew wants this here wagon of dead bad men he shot out of town by sundown."
B: A cheese made in Ireland. "Aye laddy, I've have some gewgaw with me pint," said the pub visitor. "Then, I've have me a bowl of blood pudding."
C: A showy but often worthless thing. "Grandpa's collection of gewgaws clashes with Grandma's elegant taste," said John Boy.
D: A sealant made from sawdust and horse glue. "Oh pa, we smeared all the gewgaw into the crack in the little house," said Laura. "But that mean Nellie Olsen stole the bowl we mixed it in."
Some trivia about Ken Curtis, who played Festus on "Gunsmoke:"
It was no wonder Ken Curtis was so comfortable upholding the law in Dodge City alongside Marshal Matt Dillon.
Curtis' dad was the sheriff of Bent County, in Southeastern Colorado (about 190 miles due west of Dodge City). The jail was located on the second floor of a brick building in Las Animas. The Curtis family lived on the first floor.
As Curtis was growing up, he became familiar with a local feller named Cedar Jack. Living outside of town, Cedar Jack was sort of the Ernest T. Bass meets Otis Campbell of Las Animas, often ending up in dad's jail cell.
Ol' Cedar Jack made an impression on young Curtis, who later appropriated Jack's nasally, twangy voice and mannerisms for Festus.
The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "C."