Enter the Wortschatz

When starting a new blog, the world is the blogger's oyster. There's nothing he can't do—or so it seems for the first 24 hours. Anyway, let's play a little vocabulary game. I'll give a word and use it in a sentence, and whoever wants to can guess at its meaning. Click "read more" for the answer.


"I wis he might have discerned them better, if he had looked on their own selves, and not have tooted in a stone to see them." (from a 1565 Protestant treatise against the cross)

For the German-impaired: "Wortschatz" means "vocabulary" (literally, "word-treasure"—what a great word).

Toot here means "to look inquisitively; to pry" (OED). Surprisingly, the OED does not list "fart" as one of the meanings for "toot." Yet how many true Americans are unfamiliar with the "Beans, the musical fruit" rhyme? This is the rhyme famously modified by my stepfather:

Beans, beans, the musical fruit
The more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel,
So . . . always eat your beans.


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