“Get out and enjoy it,” suggested Doc. “Go skiing.
Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel
“I don’t think your advice will take,” said Dud. “Herb seems to be
intransigent on this one.”
We all looked at Dud.
“You see, he said he couldn’t stand winter,” Dud continued, “which
shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular
We looked at him some more.
“If he were to take up a winter hobby,” he continued, “he could stop
being intransigent and enjoy things more.”
Even Herb was staring at him now.
“I usually,” said Herb, “enjoy a proclivity in that direction, but
winter is pretty boring, so maybe I really should be intransigent on
“Well Herb,” said Dud, “even though you might have a proclivity this
season for being intransigent on your attitude about winter, you
could kinda ease up and consider a hobby. That way you’d be showing
a proclivity for transigence.”
“Transigence?” said Doc. “I thought those were people who lived
under bridges. You might want to look that one up, Dud.”
Dud blushed as we laughed.
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“Say Dud?” said Steve, the
cowboy. “Wasn’t proclivity last month’s word?”
“Yes,” said Dud, “and I believe I’ve used it a couple of dozen times
“And now this month’s word is
“Well then,” said Doc, “it looks like you are going to have a
proclivity for saying intransigence this month. That’s a veritable
plethora of proclivity my friend.”
Dud pulled out a pencil and grabbed a napkin.
“How do you spell it, Doc?”
We just groaned. Sometimes education can be ugly.
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