Papa: There’s a rule that you gotta know the meaning of the word before you play it.
Me: Who is this?! What word?
Me: It’s a hat.
Papa: A shriners hat with a tassel. Grandpa Bean had one.
Me: It’s still a hat.
Papa: What is a “gink”?
Papa: A what?
Me: Dr. Seuss. A yottle in the bottle. A gink in the sink.
We’ve been playing Scrabble against each other in the evenings on our iPads while we watch reruns of Monk and Frasier on Netflix.
Papa keeps losing.
After our conversation, I looked up the word “gink.” The World English Dictionary says it’s “a man or boy, especially one considered to be odd.”