Some people have a song that gets stuck in their heads, like the one from Disneyland that has all the little dolls singing ( I will not name it lest it gets stuck with me).  Or it may be as simple as one word that causes consternation, if said enough times it morphs into an odd sounding word. This story is about those nagging things we just can’t seem to get rid of, I’m talking about earworms.

It may be because of the extra time spent on the tractor with only my thoughts to keep me on the goal to get a majority of the ding weeds knocked down before they all go to seed, but I have recurring words, phrases, people’s names, issues and other nouns (for some reason verbs don’t seem to bother me as much) circling around and driving me to distraction. The earworm for today happened to be bifurcation. Although I thought I knew what the word meant, I looked it up just to make sure and found according to Merriam Webster the first usage of the word in print was found in the year 1615 along with many other firsts including;

accretion acidity acquiescence adaption adductor affusion alcazar allantois allocution  animality assembler axillary bifurcate bifurcation buccinator butterfingered cahow

Now I was really on to something because some of my favorite words are acquiescence (when I give in too easily), butterfingered (during my most memorable dropsy moments), bifurcation (when something is split), and now cahow (an endangered nocturnal burrowing bird from Bermuda).

two tops growing from one trunk of a Douglas fir treeJust to prove a point, Mike found a bifurcated tree in the woods. Since the bottom half of the log is less than 16 feet long it cannot be made into a sell-able log to send to the mill.

Instead, I will be able to use the bifurcation to my advantage and make the whole darn thing into firewood which will eventually be made into bundles for sale.

PS Mike did not find any cahows in the woods and I’m not heading to Bermuda to see if I can find one. (How many earworms do you have now?)

2 thoughts on “Earworm

  1. I think bifurcation will be raising its repeating head with each cut up of this tree as you fling it into the truck. Thanks for the new words. Since my memory ain’t what it used to be, I’m probably free of the earworm on these.

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