This week’s words:
mummer n. a person who wears a mask or fantastic costume while merrymaking or participating in traditional masked mime
standoffish adj. distant and cold; unfriendly
vignette n. a brief evocative description, account, or episode
ribald adj. referring to sexual matters in an amusingly rude way
hurly burly n. a disturbance
This week I try the words in paragraph. Or even– if you will– in vignette:
There arose a great hurly burly in the streets as a mummer wearing a Guy Fawkes mask– wearing only a Guy Fawkes mask– streaked past the curbside café. The baker’s wife, a standoffish and notoriously conservative woman, gaped at the ribald display over her coffee and pretentious literary magazine.
“Mardi Gras,” she huffed as the other patrons cheered and whistled. She buried herself pointedly in the vignette she’d been reading, though when no one was looking stole another private glance out from under it.