Wordful Wednesday for July 3, 2013

Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday already! Only two days for me in Corporate World and we’re halfway through the week; have I mentioned lately how much I love long weekends?

4th of July fireworksIf you’re reading this in the United States then you have a long weekend of your own coming up. Happy July 4th minus one day, American Wonderfuls of mine!

(Oh, and one more thing: I apologize for this story in advance. No hard feelings, ok? You’re all still Wonderful, I promise).

In addition to lookingΒ  at pictures of Michael Buble – I mean, researching – and mentally colour co-ordinating everyone’s outfits on the golf course – I mean, being athletic – I celebrated Canada Day on Monday by taking the Canada Day Quiz that was published in The Toronto Star, one of our national newspapers.

My mom and I tackled the questions together, and I’m sorry to say that we weren’t exactly bleeding red and white by the time we were finished. Our final score was 26/37.

amb: Hey Dad, what’s 26 out of 37?


amb: like as a percentage. We got 26 out of 37 on the Canada Day quiz, so we’re trying to figure out what our score would be.

Dad: Well, let’s see. 33 out of 37 would be 90%, so if you got 26 out of 37, then your score would be –

Shutterbug Sis: American.

Today’s word is: jocose: given to joking, waggish, humourous

In other words …

Is Sis a jocose little Shutterbug, or what?!?

For the record, 26 out of 37 is a score of 70%. And for the record, that quiz was hard! Here’s one of the questions for you:

Which fictional combination was not among the actual proposed bank mergers that then-finance minister Paul Martin blocked in 1998?

a) Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal

b) Bank of Nova Scotia and CIBC

c) Toronto Dominion Bank and CIBC

I’ll give you a hint: Mom and I got this one wrong. Take your best guess in the Comments, and I’ll reveal the answer tomorrow!

In the meantime, Happy Almost 4th of July, my USA-dwelling Wonderfuls. If I don’t see you tomorrow, I’ll assume it’s because of the holiday, and not because of Shutterbug’s and my sense of humour … right?

love amb

26 thoughts on “Wordful Wednesday for July 3, 2013

  1. I love that word, jocose. I think it sounds as funny as it’s spelled. If I’m not mistaken, it has a Greek root with the meaning of game or fun. But what do I know, I’m not Greek, although we do have Greeks in the family!

    • I love it too! Such a fun one to say. Not sure about the Greek origins, but you and I both know I’ll be googling that one on my lunch break!

      I’m not officially Greek either – it’s more by association, since my best friend is πŸ™‚

  2. i love sis’ surly comments. reminds me of someone else you know πŸ˜‰
    what! how am i supposed to guess something like that when i was barely following the news at that time?? 😦 but my best guess would be either B seeing as the other two seem actually plausible. they sure give you a university type of retardedly worded multiple choice question…
    k now i’m going to google the answer πŸ˜€

    • Bahaha. I can’t possibly imagine who you might mean!

      I know, right?!? The questions were BANANAS. And we noticed how wonky the wording sounded on all of the questions, too.

      Google away! Glad I can help you to pass the time on a Wednesday morning πŸ˜€

  3. ahem…well. If your dad is coming up with an equation such as 26/37=90%, when it very obviously equals 70.27% (some of us Americans are exceedingly brilliant, you know πŸ˜‰ ), then does your dad have American blood? haha, just getting my jocose on.

    That is a great word. And no disrespect to your dad of course. Simply jabbing you (or “elbowing” in diddy’s terms) at papa’s expense.

    no clue on the question and it must be the American in me, but the answer doesn’t seem even remotely of interest. Now this is where you could take a real jab at the citizens of my fair country. We think EVERYTHING revolves around us and that little else matters. I remember “Americentric” being a vocab word in a high school social studies course.

    But back to you and Canada: Your holiday sounds lovely. Awesome salmon burger and sweet potato fries (best combination EVER), cute golf clothes, lush green golf course. And am I to understand that you saw the new Superman? If so, ????

    p.s. we know you are a true Canadian regardless of quiz score

    • Lol!! You are too funny!! Dad figured out the 90%, but Shutterbug was just too quick on the draw there and beat him before he could get to the next answer. (That happens a lot in our house. She’s too quick for all of us! πŸ™‚ )

      I agree with you MORE than 90% (ha!), most of the questions on that quiz were things that I really just couldn’t care less about at all. Lots of talk of bank mergers and national airlines and railroads. I mean honestly, who writes this stuff?!?

      Love the word Americentric. That’s a great one! And I’m very impressed that you remember it from high school, too. I have to admit I remember more of the behind the scenes drama from our play rehearsals and less of our vocabulary from that time πŸ˜‰

      It was a lovely holiday, thank you! And I did indeed see the new Superman. In 3D!! And – holy bananas. I’ll be talking about it when it’s my turn at BoFN next week, (lots of funny names in that one) so stay tuned!

      How are things with you? Settled in back home or still on the road?

      • which brings me to another American character flaw (though thinking it’s uniquely American is so Americentric of me) of being too busy to pay good attention. Your dad was calling 33/37 90%, which is close enough to the true 89.19% to call it good. (I am so awesome with a google calculator πŸ˜‰ ) Your dad is indeed a smart man.

        It’s probably the only vocab word I remember–somehow stuck with me because I see evidence of it all the time. We have no interest in other cultures, languages, attitudes, etc. All about us! (I’m joking, sort of, but sadly it’s also really true.)

        Home for the morning, then leaving this afternoon, though the town we’re heading to is not so far off the grid so hoping to stay online a bit. Tomorrow I run a 5K πŸ™‚ Am good at working out, but races kill me as I’m just not that fast. Will see lots of cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. Also ANOTHER birthday party for Clare. Made another cupcake cake, though was more judicious with the frosting this time ’round. Replaced the pink buttercream with a lovely coating of choc ganache.

        Looking forward to more on SMan. Heard great reviews all around.

      • Will respond to this properly in the morning – I’m trying to reform my night owl ways – but GOOD LUCK ON THE 5K!!! I’ll be cheering you on from here. Can’t wait to hear all about it πŸ™‚

  4. Man, I would approach that question with a return question.

    Who gives a crap about bank mergers in the 90s, I mean seriously, as a part of a test of home country knowledge on the country’s foundation day?

    a) Everybody.

    b) Nobody.

    c) Only the eccentric and creepily unbalanced sort of people who would actually, seriously take the time and trouble to create questions like that–I mean really, sit down and actually write that question.

      • derned keyboard

        as I was saying, “which admittedly makes no sense but felt it needed to be added as this IS a multiple choice test question”

      • Teeheehee. You two commenting together make me so happy. So happy!!

        What’s your schedule like this/next month Diddy? Can we broach the topic of you and Liz guest posting here yet? Can we?!?

        No pressure, really. I just think the two of you are the cat’s pajamas, is all πŸ˜€

      • I’m ready to undertake some collaborative Lizean banter! (If it doesn’t involve a single, large, marathon, multi-hour push I’m probably OK.)

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