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Prompt: Pluck


Dear Wednesday,

The word “pluck” is one of those English words that has at least two completely different definitions– how on earth do new English speakers ever learn the language?

Pluck can mean “find and pull out”, as in “pluck (the feathers from) a chicken” or “pluck (the stray hairs from) one’s eyebrows.

It can mean a method of playing a stringed instrument, using the fingers instead of a bow.

It can mean a little spark of courage and energy, or spunk, as in Lou Grant telling Mary Tyler Moore: “You’ve got spunk! …I hate spunk.”

And like so many, many words, the more you write or say it, the more alien it seems.

Tenuously related to “pluck” is the first of several of my favourite cartoons:

cartoon elevator banjo


cartoon clarinet pepper grinder


cartoon batman catwoman



Have a great Wednesday and a summery week, full of music, plucking, and cats!

~~FP

 

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