TODAY’S WORD – still in the spirit of mountain heritage – is “sorry,” in the context of its Appalachian use. Example: “All he gave me for Christmas was this sorry ol’ pair of gloves the fingertips of which already done run out.”

SUNDAY’S WORD was jag – in the context of Appalachian use. It means a little bit of. Example: “Hey, gimme just a jag of them little chocolate candies, will ya?”

Martin Luther King Jr. observations

The yearly Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church East Martinsville. The host pastor will be the Rev. Dr. Charles Whitfield, and the guest preacher will be the Rev. Herbert Holly, pastor of St. John Baptist Church in Stoney Creek.

The next day, the annual Stop the Violence walk in Sandy Level will begin at 9 a.m. at the Crossroad Store on Axton Road and conclude at St. John Baptist Church, which will have various activities and a light lunch. Transportation back to the store will be provided.

Teach-ins also will be held at various locations throughout the community. More information on those will be given later.

TheatreWorks auditions

TheatreWorks Community Players will hold auditions from 6-8 p.m. tonight in the Black Box Theatre for “Don’t Drink the Water.” The cast will be six men and three women.

It’s snow joke

… or is it?

What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? – Frostbite. What do snowmen eat for breakfast? – Frosted Flakes. Where do snowmen go to dance? – Snowballs. Where does a snowman keep his money? – In a snow bank. What do snowmen like to do on a snow day? – Chill out. How do you keep your feet from getting cold in the snow? – Don’t go around BRRRfooted. What do snowmen call their sons and daughters? – Their chill-dren. What do you call a snowman with six-pack abs? – An abdominal snowman. What do you call an Eskimo cow? – An Eskimoo. How does one snowman greet another snowman? – Ice to meet you.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION is inspired by the answer to Sunday’s trivia question: How many letters does the Spanish alphabet have, and how does the accent over the letter “n” sometimes (such as in “piñata”) figure into that equation?

SUNDAY’S TRIVIA ANSWER: Montana is the only U.S. state with a Spanish motto, which is “Oro y plata” (Gold and silver). Perhaps that’s not a surprise when you consider the meaning of the word “Montana:” It means “mountain,” when you spell it with the accent as in “montaña” and pronounce it “Moan-TAWN-ya.”

Holly Kozelsky reports for the Martinsville Bulletin. She can be reached at

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