Smiley: Senior texting

Recently in the column Dr. George S. Bourgeois, of Opelousas, mentioned new meanings of old words, and several readers then offered examples.

Bo Bienvenu, of Prairieville, continuing in that vein, comes up with “some acronyms that would have different meanings for seniors texting than for the younger folks.”

LOL — Living on Lipitor.

OMG — Our Medicare group.

BFF — Best friend’s funeral.

LMDO — Laughing my dentures out.

ADIP — Another day in Pampers.

DAM — Doctor again Monday.

DWI — Driving while incontinent.

No theft involved

Speaking of new meanings, David Showers says, “I’ve noticed at check-out counters the device for reading credit/debit cards wants me to ‘swipe’ my card.

“This meant something quite different when I wore a younger man’s clothes.”

You’ll get a kick …

After I told of feeling sorry for the mules pulling carriages in the French Quarter, Malcolm Wright reminded me that “Mules can fool humans.”

He quotes William Faulkner, who said “A mule will work for you 10 years for the privilege of kicking you once.”

Literary corner

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon I’ll be signing my books, “Best of Smiley” and “Smiley! A Laughing Matter,” at the Red Stick Farmer’s Market and Art Market on Main Street.

They’ll make the perfect gifts for Halloween.

(What, you haven’t heard? Halloween gifts are the latest trend …)

He prefers Farve

“It’s not uncommon to attempt to spell an unfamiliar word by ‘spelling it like it sounds,’ says Ronnie Stutes.

He says an example of this was the mention of football star Brett “Farve” in a recent full-page Advocate feature on Mississippi.

Of course, that’s the way quarterback Brett Favre pronounces his name, although it’s more likely to be pronounced “Fav-ray” in these parts…

To ditch or not

Mention of ditching landline phones for cells led some readers to say that although they use cell phones, they have also kept their old landlines for several reasons:

You can use your landline phone to call your cell phone when you misplace it (usually under the couch cushions, in my experience).

Many home alarm systems are tied into landlines.

And during a hurricane, landlines are especially useful when the power goes out or the cell towers go down. (Phone lines are usually the last to go in a storm.)

Movie memories

Francisco Lomas says the recent death of Coach Paul Dietzel reminds him that the 2011 documentary, “Ole War Skule, The Story of Saturday Night,” features an interview with the former LSU coach and many others involved in LSU football over the years.

For more on the film, go to

Phideaux’s obit

After Keith Horcasitas suggested that we run pet obituaries, we heard from Susan Hendry Tureau, who says the Best Friends Animal Society magazine runs a “Goodbye” section with tributes to deceased pets and pictures. You can contact the society at P.O. Box 567, Kanob, Utah 84741.

Special People Dept.

Ivy Thibodeaux Sr. will be 90 Thursday, and will celebrate Saturday with family and friends. He’s a World War II Navy veteran, serving on the USS Fon du Lac.

Margie and Mayner Fontenot, of Ville Platte, celebrate their 67th anniversary Thursday.

Roland and Stella Ourso, of Donaldsonville, celebrate their 65th anniversary Thursday.

How’s that again?

Joe Guilbeau, of Plaquemine, revives an old feature — items in church bulletins of years past:

“The Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals.”

“At the evening service the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to the choir practice.”

“Miss Mary Smith sang ‘I Will Not Pass This Way Again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.”

Thoughts on infallibility

Here’s a story Pat Shingleton’s going to love:

Laverne Matthews Weeks, of Walker, says, “When my granddaughter, Caroline Richmond, was 4 and eagerly looking forward to her 5th birthday, she was worried about an injury to one of her big toes that wouldn’t seem to heal.

“About three weeks before her birthday she asked her mom, Dawn, if she thought her toe would be well before her party.

“‘Hopefully,’ Dawn replied.

“‘What does that mean?’ asked Caroline.

“‘It means,’ explained her mom, ‘that we hope it will be well, but we don’t know for sure.’

“‘I know that,’ said Caroline. ‘The only people who know for sure what’s going to happen are God and the weatherman.’”

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