Our Absurd Life: 10/15/20 – Bedtime


Hola Family & Friends

I hope everyone has had a great day.

So, “smidgen,” according to Sallie and her trusted OED, might possibly be Scottish in origin.  Sallie says that spellings include “smitch, smytch” (both of which my spell check detests) and originally meant “a small, insignificant person.”  Sallie goes on to say that she liked the reference she found for “smidden” in Northumbrian, which was a small particle of lead ore.  And she sums it up by saying it showed up in the USA by 1845 in C.M. Kirkland’s Western Clearings.  Is that like a Macy’s catalog, Sallie?  

So, thank you again, Sallie, for doing the research on the word smidgen.  That’s such a great word.

Tonight’s Essential Cartoon gives a peek into the world of a cartoonist.  It’s mostly just fun.

I wish everyone a restful rest of your evening.

Until tomorrow. . . 


Ian S.


“No rulers were harmed during the making of this cartoon.”

“Let’s still be careful out there.”

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