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Birds, Rip, and the Audacity of 2020

We have an invasion of Pine Siskins. They are a rather gregarious and loud group who travel and feed in flocks. They have been very aggressive at the feeders and are not easily put off. They are not at all friendly and will take over all four bird feeders, chasing off one another as well as the other breeds we normally have. I shot a couple of quick videos to give you a small example.

The second video I shot through the screen so as not to scare off the birds feeding on the ground.

Today’s InkTober prompt is RIP. Now what am I going to do with that? Ripped jeans? Rip Torn? Rip Van Winkle? This might be the toughest prompt for me yet.

And folks, 2020 brings us Webster’s adding the word “irregardless” to the dictionary. Just when we thought grammar was safe. Even Jamie Lee Curtis complained on Twitter. If you love grammar, you might enjoy this article.

https://scoop.upworthy.com/jamie-lee-curtis-not-happy-merriam-webster-recognizes-irregardless?fbclid=IwAR3EXhV7Cpw8OtnBO-NUHVwYQds_E-KW0C4snk6JL4Yeom2oBjVCrvAvh4g

Enjoy your Friday before civilization as we know crumbles into oblivion.

16 thoughts on “Birds, Rip, and the Audacity of 2020”

  1. Funny you’d post this today. I asked my readers for their favorite word and one said it was regardless because he could tell people they were wrong when they said irregardless. Not anymore, I guess.

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  2. I have nothing to say about “irregardless” ! Those birds are like our starlings in their feeding manners, hooligans! As for RIP , it’s Halloween how about a tombstone, or a grave yard? 💜

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    1. The birds are relentless. I thought about a tombstone, but so many people chose that. I like to push the definition.

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  3. I have never heard of a pine siskin. But I have happily used the word ‘irregardless’ for more than 50 years. Perhaps it is a ‘country’ thing? It was taught to me in school, in the early 1960s. As far as I am concerned, it has always been a word. Sorry, America!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. What’s next? Ain’t? I remember irregardless from the SAT tests years ago and wondered who wouldn’t know that wasn’t a word. Guess they will have to redo the test.

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