Word of the Day: obeisance

It’s the first of March, which is St. David’s Day. St. David is the patron of Wales. Wear your leeks proudly!

As you might’ve guessed, St. David is a bit of a distraction while I try to come up with something to write about for one of the five remaining Best Picture nominees. I think the Academy ought to be feeling a tad guilty themselves. I don’t know that their choices are any more relevant or deserving of praise than in previous years, that has always been part of the whole Oscar game, but with 10 of them, it certainly feels harder to justify all the selections.

But then, what do I know?

I spent a good part of this weekend converting the Word of the Day site to WordPress. All of the content has been migrated, with the exception of the comments, which I don’t think can be moved. I have some tweaking to do still, but, on the whole I think it’s in good shape. Please note, if you are using RSS you may need to adjust your feed.

Ok. I’ve dallied more than long enough. I’m going to be dipping into The Blind Side now.

Today’s Word:


As in:

Ever since Michael Oher became a professional football player, a spotlight has been pointed in the direction of his adoptive parents, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. The spotlight has drawn  a great deal of attention to the family, and left them with a problem they had never anticipated.

Hidden amidst the accusations of ulterior motives on the part of the Tuohys and suggestions that the message of the book and movie is ultimately racist, is a much more profound statement, one which people have started to act upon.

This “message” has been a very difficult one for the Tuohy family, and they are afraid that there is no escaping the repercussions of this strange interpretation of the film’s meaning.

Desperate families from all over the country, convinced that the Tuohys have been given the gift of bestowing professional caliber football talent upon people, have started to bring their children to the Tuohy’s Tennessee home in the dead of night, leaving the youngsters in the Tuohy’s driveway, with nothing more than their football equipment. Some of the children have been as young as 9 months old.

The family matriarch, now referred to in reverent tones by the football faithful as St. Leigh Anne, has started to have football miracles attributed to her activities.

One family, whose child was on the high school team with Oher, claims their child went from an average of one reception a season to 6 each game ever since being touched by Leigh Anne at a booster club event. Football pilgrims from as far away as Montana have been inspired to new heights of achievement after simply watching Leigh Anne shop for decorating supplies. Another family drives 50 miles out of their way to drive past the Tuohy house before morning practice, in a unique type of obeisance.

The family tried to appeal to those searching for football blessings, telling them that they hold no particular gift or special powers, and asking that they keep their children and stop abandoning them on their driveway. Their appeals have had no effect, if anything, the activity and claims have increased.

All are hopeful that the hoopla surrounding the book and the movie will subside soon, and they can go back to being a normal family with a son in the NFL.

Mondays are painful, aren’t they? Type to you tomorrow.

obeisance / oh – BEE – sense / 1. a movement made in token of respect or submission: bow 2. acknowledgment of another’s superiority or importance: homage