January 22, 2001
Ron J. is presently dating (pursuing) an Oakville single mom (Ms. Barber) and it seems they will marry in the near future. The interesting timbit is that Ms. Barber is taking him for what he is worth and later has plans to dump (with cash settlement) him for her greek lover in Greece.
I don't know a Ron J. or a Ms. Barber so either Karol mistook me for someone else or (more likely) Karol is trying to introduce and spread the use of the word timbit as taking the place of tidbit (and if you don't know what a timbit is, well, then you aren't Canadian).
Unfortunately, use of a new word in Rain Barrel does not justify inclusion of that word in the Oxford English Dictionary. If it did, I would promptly introduce this word sadly missing from the English vocabulary:
gretzky (noun) = a
I mean, they *want* you to. The OED have sent out an appeal for your help to track down the origins of such words and phrases as D'oh, full monty, moose milk, organized religion, get real! and mission statement.
Feel free to use all the tools at your disposal - and your library's disposal, like JSTOR. And while you're there, see if your library gets its ebooks from netLibrary. netLibrary makes use of the American Heritage Dictionary which includes over 70,000 audio word pronunciations: a great tool for folks like me who read more than they speak.