And Yarns

Oy, Another Word Rant

July 24 2023

Words are interesting things. Letters carefully assembled can convey lofty ideas or simple thoughts. Small words can carry significant meanings. Right down to the arrangement of the letters. Such is the word JOY. The dictionary definition is thus:

joy (joi), n. [OF. joie, fr. L. gaudia, pl. of gaudium
joy, fr. gaudere to rejoice, be glad.] 1. A feeling
of lively pleasure, as that excited by good fortune,
success, or the like; gladness. 2. State of happiness; bliss.
3. That which causes happiness. 4. Gaiety;
merriment. – Syn. See PLEASURE. v. i. & t. To
rejoice; delight.

If the ‘J’ is removed from the word ‘JOY,’ it becomes OY.

In two letters, OY is a Yiddish word that means heartache, sadness, sorrow, pain, and grief. A word with precisely the opposite meaning of JOY.


A word we have become all too familiar with as of late.

A Little Humor

June 9 2023
  1. Guitar – What was the slogan of Opporknockity Guitar Co., which sold permanently tuned guitars? ‘Opporknockity only tunes once’.
  2. Dobro – Why do Dobro players keep their fingerpicks hid in the glove compartment? In case of an accident, they don’t want to be mistaken for a banjo player.
  3. Mandolin – A friend of mine named their child – Amanda Lynn. She cannot play the Mandolin.
  4. Banjo 1 – See Banjo 2
  5. Banjo 2 – The definition of Perfect Pitch: When you throw a banjo into a dumpster, and it lands on an accordion.
  6. Fiddle – Q: What do you call an instrument that is not in tune? A: A fiddle.
  7. Harmonica – Best harmonica joke punchline “Well, that’s it! Here’s $10.00. Go get something to eat!”