Periwinkle’s Arrival

Stinky is waiting impatiently for Periwinkle. He hates that they only get to see each other one day a week. But, he knows, they both would have a hard time planning more than two adventures a month.

When Stinky hears the whoosh from the teleportation tunnel, he runs to catch Periwinkle as she tumbles out. After several paw hugs and whisker kisses, Stinky braces himself for Periwinkle’s inevitable question, and she has it at the ready. “So, Stinky, what excitement have you planned for us today. Are we going to help take down the Christmas decorations?”

“No, I put my paw down and vetoed that when my mom suggested it!”

“Good boy! So what is up today?”

National Word Nerd Day

Stinky looks away and whispers, “We are staying right here and celebrating National Word Nerd Day.”

“What the heck is that, Stinky?”

“National Word Nerd Day is a time to celebrate and enthuse about vocabulary and our favorite words as well as the importance of language in our culture. Those who celebrate are encouraged to get a dictionary or thesaurus and learn some new words. After learning them, they should try to incorporate them into conversation. Others who wish to celebrate can do so by doing crosswords and word puzzles.”

“That seems like an odd choice to me. After all, we are cats, and the only reason you and I talk and not meow is because we are cartoon cats,”  Periwinkle tells Stinky.

“Well that’s true. But, you know how difficult it can be to come up with new adventures. And this was the only thing that is celebrated today that had any potential of offering us something to do.”

“Who the heck thought up this day, and what are we going to do?” Asks Periwinkle.

Celebrating National Word Nerd Day

“National Word Nerd Day began in 2007, but its origins and who came up with the idea are unknown. That’s not important. To celebrate, I have a couple of ideas. First, we need to determine our favorite words,” replies Stinky.

“I know yours, Stinky. That’s so easy. It’s TREATS.”

“How do you know my word isn’t Periwinkle?”

“Is it, really? I would love that,” gushes Periwinkle.

“You were right about treats, but for today it is going to be Periwinkle.” Periwinkle throws her arms around Stinky’s neck and gives him a huge hug and a kiss on the cheek.

“So what is your favorite word, Periwinkle?”

“I am going to pick treats as you didn’t.”

“Do you know if your mom has a favorite word?” Stinky asks Periwinkle.

“Yes, it is cats,” she replies.

“Well, that is no surprise. My mom’s is serendipity and my dad’s is mindfulness.”


Periwinkle Stinky National Word Nerd Day: Two cartoon tabby cats standing in front of a blackboard with the words: mindfulness, treats, serendipity, cats and Periwinkle.


“Stinky we need to try to put all our words into a sentence.”

“That’s a cool idea, Periwinkle. Go for it.”

Periwinkle spends a lot of time thinking before sharing with Stinky what ends up as two sentences: “We must practice mindfulness when giving our cats treats, especially Periwinkle. If she gets extra, it is serendipity.”

Stinky applauds Periwinkle’s effort.

“I found a site online that has nineteen words for nerds. I picked four words, and I thought we could make sentences with cats or a specific cat as the subject. And we won’t tell our readers what the meaning of the words.” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

Nerd Words and Sentences

“That sounds devious, Stinky. Let’s do it! We each can do two of the words.”

Periwinkle: Callipygian ~ All kitties have callpygian. That’s why we celebrate Tocktober.

Stinky: Truculent ~ Calista Jo is always truculent.

Periwinkle: Lambent ~ Stinky is the king of lambent.

Stinky: Basorexia ~ Periwinkle is famous for her basorexia.



Periwinkle Stinky National Word Nerd Day: two cartoon tabby cats in front of a blackboard with sentences using the words: callipygian, truculent, lambent and basorexia


“If our readers cannot figure out the meaning from the sentences, this is the web-site where I found them: Nineteen Nerd Words for Dictionary Day. They also can check out the other 15 nerdy words. I bet some of these have been used for spelling bees, Periwinkle. That first one is a real doozy!”

“This feels as if we are in school, Stinky. Can we take a break and visit with some of your fursibs?” asks Periwinkle.

“Sure, let’s see who we can find. They are all going to be somewhere in the house because of the rain and wind we are having.”



Periwinkle Stinky National Word Nerd Day: Two cartoon tabby cats with three real cats, a torbie, a ginger tabby and a grey, all surrounding a toy that looks like a wedge of cheese with a mouse peeking out.


“Hey, Stinky, Audrey, Cooper Murphy and Kizmet are playing with the cheese/mouse toy. It’s just like the one Sawyer sent Noelle for Christmas. I’ve been playing it a lot and have gotten really good. Let’s play with them!”

Stinky agrees, and Periwinkle discovers that Kizmet never misses whapping the mouse when she gets a turn.

Cooper Murphy tires and hops to the cat tree for a nap and finds Raleigh already there acting silly. Cooper Murphy looks at Raleigh with destain when Periwinkle gets on the tree to visit with him.


Periwinkle Stinky National Word Nerd Day: One cartoon tabby cat with two ginger tabby cats on a cat tree.


Periwinkle spends a little time visiting with Raleigh until she hears Stinky calling her to the kitchen for a snack. She heads to the kitchen with Calista Jo and Kizmet hot on her heels.


Two cartoon tabby cats sitting at a kitchen island with a dilute tortoise shell cat and a grey cat sitting on the counter and cartons of Temptations and Friskies Treats.


“I see we won’t be nomming alone,” says Periwinkle.

“When it’s time for treats, everyone comes running,” replies Stinky.

“I totally understand,” Periwinkle tells him.

When the kitties have finished their treats, it is time for Periwinkle to head home, and Stinky walks her slowly to the teleportation tunnel. As they always do, the tabbies spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging. Then with final waves and blown kisses, Periwinkle enters the tunnel and is gone in a whoosh.

Stinky heads to the bedroom to nap with his fursibs and dream of Periwinkle.

The End

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