The Word was:

So this guy thinks he’s big stuff when it comes to the English language. He goes around regaling people with his acumen. He meets a kind of dumb looking guy at a cocktail party and, after suitable time for warm up, the “intellectual” gets down to language training on the guy.

He asks: “Do you know that sumac is the only word in the English language that has a “sh” sound that is spelled with “su”?

The dumb looking guy replies: “Sure.”


Dr. Larry day is a retired J-School professor turned humor writer. His book, Day Dreaming: Tales From the Fourth Dementia is available for purchase via his website:

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