Words of the Week 3/5/2014

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.

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