For those who are visiting, looking for that Holiday Greeting from the SwampDrainer, just scroll down the page past this post, and you will find him sitting there in his bubbles.
Today's post concerns the pronounciation of this plant:
For twelve years the holiday season brings with it a bit of discourse between theHansMan and me. Simply stated, we don't pronounce the name of this flower the same. That causes most of our conversations to be peppered with the word, "poinsettia."
"Did you buy dog food today?"
"Yes, and I bought some poinsettia chews for them, too."
Each of us emphasizing the word POINSETTIA for effect.
This type of conversation only occured for a few weeks, once a year when the red plant was delivered to the house and then died of starvation a few weeks later. All was forgotten until the next year. Much to our disbelief, I have successfully kept the plant alive for an entire year. Since it is highly visible in our house, the plant has provided ample opportunities a.l.l. y.e.a.r. l.o.n.g. to insert its name into everyday, mundane, dogmatic conversation.
"Did you have the oil in the truck checked today?"
"Yes, and they balanced and aligned the poinsettias,too."
This highly intelligent form of conversing is carried over into about everything we talk about. You can use your creative minds to just imagine where that word can be substituted.
TheHansMan and I have agreed to abide by the consensus of the blogging world. Here is the million dollar question:
How do you pronounce POINSETTIA?
We will forever use the pronounciation of the one that receives the most votes.
Wikipedia has THIS TO SAY.
Merriam Webster has THIS TO SAY.
Other tidbits about this flower:
Is this flower poisionous? No, says POISINDEX. Ingesting this plant will make you sick but it probably won't kill you. A fifty pound child would have to eat more than 1.25 pounds of poinsettia bracts (about 500-600 leaves) to exceed the experimental doses.
Question # 1: Whose fifty pound kid was used to conduct this experiment on?
Question #2: What was the experimental dose? An acre of foliage?
Question #3: Wouldn't eating 500-600 of these leaves kill a horse? At least make it a bit nauseous?
Just some Food For Thought...