Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Do you ever get a weird reaction from someone when you tell them that you are a whittler. I some times get a weird reaction; but usually only if the person is older. "Older" is kind of relative, cause I'm nearly 78 and I mean older than me. I think the chances for the weird reaction comes from folks who know what a thesaurus is and have used one. Referring to the thesaurus and looking up the word "Whittler" the following words and phrases are listed to mean pretty much the same thing:
"Someone who whittles" usually as an idle past time."
....do nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, bum, a person who does no work, AND MY FAVORITE - "A lazy bum".
At least one a day a week I and some like minded friends carve/ whittle at the local senior center. Old people hang out at the senior center. I think you can figure out where this is going....For years folks would stop and greet us with the words, "Good Morning Whittlers". I always thought I detected an intonation in this greeting that suggested these folks had recently used the thesaurus.