Are You Chary on Icy Sidewalks?

We’ve had quite the month of January. Lots of snow. More to come. Like for the next 10 days!! (I’m skeptical because the weatherman never seems to get the weather 100% right!)

Because of the snow, the roads and the sidewalks have been snow packed and icy. Many people are chary as they walk on those icy sidewalks.

Chary (chair-ee) is an adjective that means cautious or careful. Elderly people are cautious and careful because they don’t particularly want to fall down. Chary also means hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks. Some people are chary investors with their money. They are hesitant to put their money in risky stocks or investments. They want to put their money in safe investments.

Some people have a chary personality. They do not participate in dangerous activities such as sky diving or rock climbing without ropes. They are not extravagant in their spending or behavior. They drive under the speed limit with the hopes of avoiding a car wreck. They don’t eat at restaurants where they aren’t familiar with the cuisine. They are hesitant, cautious, careful. That’s chary!

The next word for today is rantipole. Rantipole (rant-i-pole) as an adjective means wild, disorderly. Grade school aged children can be rantipole in the house meaning that they are wild and disorderly. They might act like maniacs. Forget the walking quietly through the house speaking in soft tones. They dash about in a frenzy. Almost borderline out of control.

When using rantipole as a noun, you are referring to a person. A mother might say to her wild son, “Quit being a rantipole!” This would mean she would want him to settle down and behave nicely. Sisters might call their brothers a rantipole.

You might consider these two words different sides of a coin. One side is cautions and careful (chary) and the other wild (rantipole).

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