Post Eagle Newspaper


May 21, 2024

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Ludicrous – Ignoramus

The word for today is – LUDICROUS – which means – FUNNY, and GAMELIKE. It come from the Latin word – LUDUS – which means – GAME. An ancient game that Roman children played was called – TRIGON (tri = three; gon = corner, angle). When the parents slaughtered a pig for dinner, the bladder was taken out and cleaned. Then, it was blown up like a balloon and tied. A triangle with sides about 6 feet long was drawn on the ground and a player stands at each corner of the triangle. The bladder-ball is passed from one player to another without it touching the ground. The aim is to keep the bladder-ball in the air as long as possible. Easy? Then add two more balls so that each player has one. There is no set order for passing the ball. You may have to pass your ball while receiving two from the other players. If you drop a ball you lose a point.


The word for today is IGNORAMUS – which comes from the Latin word – IGNORAMUS – meaning – WE DO NOT KNOW, WE ARE IGNORANT. This was the word formerly written on a bill of indictment by a grand jury when there was not sufficient evidence to warrant a guilty finding. This term was used in 16th century courts when the evidence was too weak to warrant prosecution. Today it means a stupid, ignorant person; a vain pretender to knowledge, a dunce.