Blame It On The Rain

Dear Merriam Webster’s Dictionary:

I would like to propose a new word for inclusion in the next printing of your dictionary: rainbrain.

Here’s a suggested layout:

Rainbrain (noun) /rayn-brayn/ • n. a condition that occurs simultaneously with water falling in drops condensed from vapor in the atmosphere, creating a membranous coating of the brain resulting in procrastination, delay of scheduled events, lack of inspiration, impairment of decision- making skills, and general malaise. Can sometimes result in overwhelming desire to drink warm drinks such as cocoa or coffee throughout day, consume foods including mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese, and in particularly acute cases - crawling back into a warm bed for a nap.

This new word warrants inclusion on so many levels – I mean, it would really explain a lot. It could help explain a number of embarrassing outbursts this past week. There were rain delays at the US Open likely resulting in Serena’s rainbrain, and I think it was raining in New York when Kanye joined Ms. Swift on stage at the VMAs, and I’ve got to assume there’s a ton of rain in Washington D.C. Those politicians always kind of look gloomy, no?

Personally, I might blame the rain on dining out several times this week instead of cooking dinner, lack of physical exercise the last 7 days, and possibly for some spur-of-the-moment shopping.

Amy Mac

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