A very short story featuring 4 underused words beginning with B



Today’s underused words are :-

bBosk (n) A small wooded area.

Bombinating (v)   Buzzing, humming.

Bifurcates(v) Divides into two branches.

                              Brannigan (n) A drinking spree.




Bill’s got a bosk at the bottom of his garden.  It’s nice.  A couple of beech trees and an oak or two.  Bushes too.

A footpath runs into it. Midway it bifurcates.  One way is a useful shortcut to the village pub, and the other leads to what he calls his honey factory.   Five hives and a colony of bombinating bees!

When he goes collecting he looks like a creature from outer space with his protective gear covering him from head to foot!

He sells his honey in the pub.  It’s delicious.   Whenever he’s there enjoying a brannigan, he has a new bee joke.  What do bees do when they get married?   Have a honeymoon!  Where do they go?   Beejing or Stingapore! 

So, what shall I have for breakfast today?  Toast and honey of course!



Tomorrows words :-

Cockolorum (courtesy of Varad!), concinnity and cynosure

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52 thoughts on “A very short story featuring 4 underused words beginning with B

  1. Christine Goodnough Apr 2, 2020 / 00:47

    New words and puns — a delicious offering!
    Tell Bill he best beehave at his beehive or he might get a poke’r two. 🙂

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  2. Sadje Apr 2, 2020 / 02:56

    Great story. I know bifurcate.


  3. Kathe W. Apr 2, 2020 / 03:14

    Bwa hahah BEEhave yourself- am enjoying your superb sense of humor especially with words! Cheers!

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  4. msjadeli Apr 2, 2020 / 03:45

    I can already see my vocabulary will improve by reading your A2Z, Keith. I like the idea of having beehives in the bosk.


  5. Srivalli Apr 2, 2020 / 05:29

    Ha! This was such fun. I like the word Bosk. Will use it one day. Thanks for the new words. 🙂


  6. susanrouchard Apr 2, 2020 / 07:14

    Interesting Keith. Latin and Germanic origins… and Celtic for Brannigans I imagine. In Spanish bosque for wood, forest. Bifurquer, common word in French when on the road following a map. The pleasure of learning languages. If you’re interested, give me a holler. Currently learning Japanese and Italian … gotta run, Italian zoom at 10am. Have an inspired A to Z , take care.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 2, 2020 / 11:16

      Susan, I’m impressed with your linguistic skills! I have trouble with English – I failed it in my final school exams!

      Holler (v) First known use 1592. To cry out.

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  7. hilarymb Apr 2, 2020 / 09:32

    Hi Keith – great fun … and loved your use of bifurcate … but also the whole storyline … now I can imagine the little bosk! Take care – Hilary

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  8. Arti Apr 2, 2020 / 10:11

    Lucky Bill. He has a protective suit at the ready. He won’t be needing those masks that are in short supply.
    “Honey factory’ made me grin 🙂
    Cheers Keith.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 2, 2020 / 11:20

      He’s ideally equipped for these times, though he might appear a bit odd walking into a supermarket wearing all that clobber!! Thanks so much, Arti.


  9. Namratha Varadharajan Apr 2, 2020 / 10:50

    That was another fun one! I rather like the word bombinating, and right now I wouldn’t mind having a garden with a book(stuck in a apartment with a balcony garden).


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 2, 2020 / 11:31

      Me too. I really miss having a garden, but my balcony does look quite pretty right now. Cheers.


  10. Frédérique Apr 2, 2020 / 11:03

    Bombinating bees! Oh I love this word ;)) Cute story to use all of them! I knew Bosk and Bifurcates as they are very close to the French (bosquet and bifurquer)
    A to Z Challenge

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  11. Varad Apr 2, 2020 / 15:13

    Another fun tale, Keith. I agree with Susan – Bosk does seem to have a latin origin. Remember the former manager of Real Madrid and Spain Vincent of the Forest (Vicente del Bosque)? 😀 Btw, I have been using the word bifurcate for a while now. Guess I’m antique as well.


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 2, 2020 / 15:55

      I do indeed. I have a friend called David Wood – I’m going to call him David del Bosque from now on! How often do you bifurcate I wonder!!! Incidentally, I’m using your word cockalorum tomorrow!

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      • Varad Apr 2, 2020 / 15:59

        Well, I do have two boys. So I end up bifurcating things often. 😂


  12. Unishta Apr 2, 2020 / 16:30

    Bee utifully narrated . I could do with a drink (not brannigan though) . The only Brannigan I wouldn’t mind would be a track from Laura Brannigan

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  13. Shweta Suresh Apr 2, 2020 / 19:08

    Haha! That’s a BEE-autiful story. Loved how you worked all those words into the story. 🙂

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  14. Anagha Yatin (@anagha_yatin) Apr 3, 2020 / 07:43

    Busy Billy! But I wonder what would a pub do with honey from Billy? Do they make some alcohol from it as well?
    Added few more words to my vocab. Knew only bifurcation.

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  15. Unishta Apr 3, 2020 / 08:42

    This is a great way of learning new words. Ikea is a challenge even for someone who is very smart so it must be worse for someone who only imagines himself to be smart

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  16. raesquiggles Apr 3, 2020 / 10:08

    Love the puns. I had honey on toast this morning. We’re rationing things in the house, and the kids got the Nutella.

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  17. Kalpana Apr 3, 2020 / 10:23

    Couldn’t resist the temptation to visit you Keith. I enjoyed that – particularly concinnity.


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