WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Man of the World

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Man of the World

For eleven weeks, nothing but quarantine. For the last three weeks, total craziness with a board meeting, graduation, and teen ball – all with the restrictions of social distancing, massive disinfection protocols, massive temperature-taking, masking (and the fighting over requiring/requesting thereof), and all the planning that went into pulling those events together.

Now, because people seemed to think the virus had an expiration date issued by government officials, and it was okay to resume partying like it was 1999, my state is enjoying a resurgence of positive viral cases. <insert your personal political/medical/conspiracy theories here>

I beg your indulgence for this weak Word of the Week. I really need to decompress and vegetate for a day or three. The graphic below is super awesome though.

Man of the World

A knowing man.

If you’d like to be a Man (or better, Person; or best, They) of the world, look no further than this phenomenal poster created in 1931 by John B. Sparks. His history may have ended nearly 100 years ago, but it began 4000 years prior to that. Aesthetically, it’s gorgeous. Too bad some of the information contained therein is positively ugly.

The Histomap: Four Thousand Years of World History, by John B. Sparks, 1931, via Visual Capitalist.

Prefer a clickable, zoomable map? Head to the David Rumsey Map Collection.


Slang term taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Marriage Music

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Marriage Music

Returning to an old favorite for inspiration this week – my dear James Gillray. There’s an American children’s song that promises, “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage.”

This portrait by Gillray turns that taunt into more of a threat.

Marriage Music

The squalling and crying of children.

Les Plaisir du Mènage, by James Gillray, 1791, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Notice the inscription at the top: Give me the sweet delight of Love…a Catch. And that the wife is ready to throw hands in a distinctly non-amorous way.


Slang term taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.