Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wednesday Wordplay - President's Week Edition

Washingtonian - adj. living in or coming from Washington, D.C., or the state of Washington.

ADAMS - stands for Agencywide Documents Access and Management System. It's a system commonly used by organizations, schools and universities.

patronym -
a name derived from a father or ancestor; a surname or family name
for example - Jefferson, Jackson, Harrison, Johnson, Wilson. 7 presidents have patronymic last names. 2 presidents fathered presidents.

madison - n
.a dance in which the participants stand side by side in a line while one person, acting as leader, calls out various steps, each letter of the word “Madison” signaling a specific step. Madison is not a patronymic last name. It is, however, a metronymic last name (derived from a female ancestor)

monroe can be rearranged to form the word "mooner"

John Quincy Adams' middle name comes from the latin for five, but he was the sixth President.

nerub nav nitram is Martin Van Buren backwards.

Some presidents have occupational last names - like Tyler (tiler) or Taylor (tailor)

Taylor was not a tailor before he was President, though.

Filmore comes from the german for "very famous", but he was not very famous. And he's even less famous today.

rearrange the letters in "Pierce" and you get "recipe"

Don't know what Buchanan was thinkin'
So bad, he must have been drinkin'
He offered no lead
The south did secede
What a mess for next president, Lincoln.

grant - v. to bestow or to confer.

rutherford - n. A unit expressing the rate of decay of radioactive material, equal to one million disintegrations per second. After Ernest Rutherford, not Rutherford B Hayes.

James Garfield - elf jam is red, G.

CAA - Chester Allan Arthur
also Colonial Athletic Association, Creative Artists Agency, Canadian Automobile Association, Civil Aeronautics Administration, Chiropractics Association of Australia, Chicken Anemia Agent, Corsican American Association, and the Centre d’Acheminement des AbonnĂ©s.

all of those are real.

Grover is a furry blue monster. Cleveland is a city. Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th president. Grover Cleveland Alexander was a pitcher from Nebraska. The capital of Nebraska is Lincoln, after the 16th President.

William McKinley was assassinated. The word assassin comes from a fanatical Ismaili Muslim sect of the time of the Crusades, under leadership of the "Old Man of the Mountains". Mt McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America.

An "arctophile" is a person who collects teddy bears. Not a person who loves Teddy Roosevelt.

Taft was FATT.

4 Presidents have alliterative names, each with different letters, all of them consonants. Can you name these alliterated Amercians? *

Words you can make with the consonants "FDR" in that order and any combination of vowels:

Harry Truman....
Doris Day
Red China
Johnny Ray
South Pacific
Walter Winchell
Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy
Richard Nixon

JFK Blown away what else do I have to say?

Words that rhyme with Carter: barter, charter, darter, farter, garter, larter (as in Heroes' Ali), martyr, parter, quarter (nope, never mind), starter, tarter.

Rearrange the letters in darter and get "RETARD" rearrange "farter" and get "RAFTER" rearrange "starter" and get "RESTART"

I heard this on NPR: George Herbert Walker Bush's nickname in the navy was "George Herbert Walker Bush."

His son is a darter.

...and Bill Clinton plays the Sax.

daa dum da daa dum da dum da dum da daa dum.

*Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Ronald Reagan, Woodrow Wilson


Eric said...

and Gerald Ford was mauled by a circus lion in a convenience store at the senseless age of 83...again.

brookLyn gaL said...

"Some presidents have occupational last names - like Tyler (tiler) or Taylor (tailor)

Taylor was not a tailor before he was President, though."

So... Tyler WAS a tiler?