Ready for some great words today? The first one is pawky. Pawky (paw-kee) is an adjective that means cunning or sly. Do you know anybody that has won the lottery? Or maybe won lots of money gambling? It seems like all of their friends and relatives expect that person to give them some of the money. They may be pawky in their efforts to get some of the money. They would have to be cunning, sly, or crafty to convince that person to give them money.
Sometimes people are pawky (shrewd) at work as they try to climb the career ladder and get promotions. People might be pawky (cunning) when they are trying to convince someone to do them a favor. Sometimes children are pawky (sly or cunning) at getting their parents’ permission to do something that the child wouldn’t normally be allowed to do.
Children tend to be pawky when parents have made an edict against something. Edict (ee-dikt) is a a decree issued by a sovereign or other authority. An edict could be any authoritative proclamation or command. So, if a parent (who has the authority over her children) made an edict against having friends over to play on school nights, that parent made a command or issued a “decree” (or a stand) on not allowing friends to come to play when the children should be doing homework. Parents could put an edict against staying up late on school nights or against watching TV before homework is finished.
For the 4th of July, the city officials put out an edict that people could not camp out along the parade route on the evening of the 3rd of July. People like to save places for the parade the next day. Boy, this year, they were saving places 3 days in advance!
Because we live in a semi-desert, many of the cities will have an edict on watering lawns during the day in an effort to conserve water. In places where there is civil unrest, the police might have an edict of when a curfew starts. All of these would be official commands that are issued by someone in authority who has the power of law.
Sometimes people get vituperative against edicts that they don’t like. Vituperative (vahy-too-per-uh-tiv) is an adjective that means speaking harshly, verbally abusive, saying harsh criticism. Some people didn’t like the fact that they couldn’t sleep over night on the street to save a place for the parade. They were vituperative – they spoke critically and harshly about the edict. People who do not like the illegal alien problem are vituperative when they hear elected officials being too lenient on the illegal people. If a movie critic didn’t like a performance, his review in the paper might be very vituperative – harsh and abusive criticism.
I hope that you have a great day today – and don’t run into too many vituperative people!