The Word of the Night is: Slubber

SLUHB-er \  , verb; to perform hastily or carelessly.

 Origin: Slubber  may descend from the Low German term slubbern  meaning “to do work carelessly.” When slubber  entered English in the early to mid-1500s, it meant “to stain or smear.”

goldblumI hate to admit it, but I slubber quite frequently. Whether it’s folding clothes in a haphazard fashion, dusting around objects on the shelf, or neglecting to close cabinets and drawers while doing anything, I am a world-class slubberer.

I love the word, however, and am excited at the notion of using it. The next driver who pulls out into traffic, causing me to break will get an earful of, “Way to slubber, a**hole!”

Nothing leads to misadventure and mayhem like a mad scientist slubbering on the path to discovery.

flubberFred McMurray was of course prone to slubber when he invented Flubber in The Abscent Minded Professor. Barron Von Frankenstein tripped himself up while hastily choosing the wrong brain for his re-animated creation.

Then there’s poor Dr. Brundle in the 1986 remake of The Fly. He was so excited to test his teleportation machine on himself, he didn’t take the time to make sure he was alone in the chamber. When an innocent house-pest goes along for the ride, the Doctor soon discovers slubbering can be fatal, and quite messy.

If you looked slubber up in the dictionary, and I did, by all rights you should see a picture of Jeff Goldblum from the 1986 horror flick The Fly (Or David Hedison from the 1958 original). David Hedison



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