I couldn’t get too egg-cited about Rochelle’s photo prompt, but I finally decided on a theme for a Word Of The Week post. It took a little
but I did it.
trickery, hocus-pocus; fraud; humbug.
sly, underhanded action.
C19: from Scottish dialect joukery-pawkery
Like many folk-sayings involving the Scots, its pronunciation has changed over the years. Joukery means a sudden, elusive movement, or, to duck or dodge. It comes from the Old English word which gave us both jerk, and jink. High jinks – high-jinks – or hi-jinks, therefore, is/are boisterous celebration or merrymaking, unrestrained fun.
Pawky, in British English, means cunning, or sly. In Scottish, it means having a dry wit – from the Scottish word pawk, meaning trick.
I couldn’t hatch a 100 word post from Todd Foltz’s photo prompt. It took a little sly, underhanded, linguistic, broken-field running to produce this. I hope a few are interested.