Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Word Wednesday- Lackey

So, the other night it happened again. My son and I were talking and the subject of friends came up. We reminisced for a while about how the characters on the show "Friends" were his only friends for some time, as he was always so much of a homebody as a kid. Since he lost his dad, though, he suddenly began branching out and now has a really wide circle of awesome friends. Anyway....in the middle of the conversation he asked my husband about his friends and his response was,in a kidding tone "Ha! I don't have any friends, just lackeys." Again, there was a pause. Then came the question, "And another word for that would be.....???" His response, "like a minion, you know." What???!!! Oh, my! No, we don't know! And again, a word lesson for us on that Sunday evening :)


lack·ey
1. A liveried male servant; a footman.
2. A servile follower; a toady.



min·ion  
n.
1. An obsequious follower or dependent; a sycophant.
2. A subordinate official, especially a servile one.
3. One who is highly esteemed or favored; a darling.

*from freeonlinedictionary.com
So, of course, my husband was kidding when he said this. He owns a small business, so I'm sure his first thought was that he really doesn't have any friends-because he is always (and I mean ALWAYS!) at work. But, I'm also sure that on second thought he realized that the people who he jokingly called his lackeys are, in fact, very good friends. These "lackeys" have been working for him for many years and are some of the kindest, most honest and thoughtful people he could ever have hoped for...as lackeys, employees, minions or otherwise. Most of all... they are  highly esteemed, favored and darling friends. Yeah, that's it. Those would be his lackeys! Pretty lucky guy.
Blumenhof Winery, Dutzow, MO, my husband's business, on a busy October day.

A painting of mine, with an image of the winery in the background.

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