Today’s vocabulary is two-alarm and comes with a side of habanero.
carom: a shot in billiards where the cue ball strikes two balls successively; to strike and rebound
hoss thief: “hoss” as in Old West for “horse”. Used as a term of endearment in the story in which I found it: “you mangy old son of a hoss thief.”
spurn: to reject with disdain; to despise
We’ve got the meat—let’s add Tabasco and call it lunch.
1. A duel of wit (or insults) starts with a smart, returns with a slap, and rejoins with a whopping knock. But the best and most lethal move is the carom that plays off and one-two punch/annihilates all that has been said.
2. I ever see that yowlin’ hoss thief o-gin, I give’m the what-for.
3. Mindy Jean spurned broccoli as fiercely as her cat spurned bubble bath.
The spice not to your liking? Throw down a few sentences of your own and check out the menu (fresh vocab) tomorrow.