Oh, look! A squirrel!

Squirrel (Photo credit: BinaryApe)

I seem to be on an animal theme but in this case the squirrel is figurative. My wife likes to describe those easily distracted as being at the mercy of the littlest detail, as in “Oh, look! A squirrel!” My squirrel moments tend to be word related, as when I start wondering about the etymology of a word or when I find a good hangman word (lot’s of consonants, like “hymn”).

Today’s squirrel moment was “jeopardy.” After using the verb form of it I couldn’t help but wonder where that came from. Online Dictionary has it from the Old French “jeu parti” for “even game” which makes sense. Should have guessed it was French but the “jeo-” threw me.

Anyway, back to writing…