(Tweeting as @TSupercargo)
Bellwether: The (usually castrated) male sheep (a wether) that leads the flock and is belled by the shepherd so he can be found; A leader (derogative); Something indicative of future trends.
Greetings Artwiculati! Neither I nor @TheSupercargo really aspire to being your bellwether, howsomever, here we are again.
Not the most inspirational of words, today’s WOTD, I thought, and indeed my short list strains to the score, but still there was SOME fun to be had from the collective Artwicu-tweets. Like this “conversation”:
RT @helacious You don’t need a bellwether to know for whom the bell tolls.
RT @ultracutebot so wait, a male sheep has to get his balls chopped off to be a bellwether ?
RT @mazpowles So why does it have to be a BellWether? What’s wrong with ewe?
RT @TiddK bellwether tinkles ~ we, like sheep to the slaughter ~ follow unthinking . #haiku #artwiculate
RT @Squawkingalah I’m eating lamb chops tonight. That’s bellwether lamb chops. I feel bad about it but I love lamb. Baaa.
RT @Eridanus You ATE the bellwether? – “Yeah – roasted, well done, whatever.” – “Well, don’t ask for whom the bell tolls…!”
Plays on weather were also plentiful today. for example:
RT @19ish Feeling a nip in the air tonight. Is it getting to be jingle bellwether already? #artwiculate
RT @FrankSiddarta Bellwether or fowl – the postman cometh
And I even figured in a weather-related tweet myself! (Thanks to @lawyergirl3 and her on-going campaign.)
RT @lawyergirl3 [MAHFU Mishmash artwiculate haiku for you @TSupercargo ~ lawyergirlstyle] Swedish september ~ approaching apricity ~ demure bellwether
That got included not simply for @lawyergirl3’s sucking up ( 🙂 ) but also because it taught me “apricity” (apparently the warmth of the sun in winter).
One of my own poor efforts fumbled for the idea @goldenskye encapsulated so much better in this following:
RT @goldenskye The bellwether of bad times is the sudden absence of a fair-weather friend.
A certain cynicism crept into some tweets:
RT @urbanascetic Bellwether, leading the Flock ~ Still Sheep #sixwords #poetry #artwiculate
RT @chemingineer Before we had sheep as bellwether. Now we have the octopus. #artwiculate
And @LorcanDesperado gave us what I take to be a reference to global warming:
RT @LorcanDesperado The wise bellwether is running for higher ground. #artwiculate
My taste for the surreal was satisfied today by the following:
RT @RortlyGoblins Tarradiddle looked at Churly with bellwether eyes. “Line ’em up, Churly – and ring my bell when I’m done.”
I’ve no idea what’s going on there, but my imagination conjures up all sorts of pictures!
I also liked Harry’s bellwether sheep for the digital age:
RT @harrarp The bellwether’s new ringtone was getting on the flock’s nerve. When it got to “Have you any wool..?” they all went “Duh..!”
Meanwhile, back among the crusted aristocracy:
RT @kado56 “Bit of a ding dong at The Bellwether Club last night, Harbs. Young rakes flouting the dresscode.” “No intention of following suit, Sir?”
And possibly in the same catagory:
RT @marcosarroyos By the time they put Stella in the nursing home she didn’t know a belle epoque from a bellwether.
Then comes @pn8r with a statement of something I suspect may be truer for men of a certain age (mine) than one might wish:
RT @pn8r In retrospect, his girlfriends’ answers to the classic dilemma of Kirk vs. Picard had been the bellwether of every relationship.
The final spot today goes to @Nimue_ in what I think may be her first appearance in the round-up:
RT @Nimue_ never thought ~ some one’s word ~ would become ~ bellwether ~ of my day #artwiculate #gogyohka
Don’t worry @Nimue_ ! Tomorrow someone’s other word will be our new day’s bellwether.
And that’s the round-up rounded up. Cheerio folks! Gotta go –>> *disappearing in a cloud of wool and tinkle of bells*
Artwiculate is a game played on Twitter. Visit http://artwiculate.com for more information. The winning tweet and the most popular runners up for today’s word are listed at http://www.artwiculate.com/words/bellwether (And, for addicts, donâ€™t forget Salon ArtWois at http://www.salonartwois.com/ )