Vocab word of the week draws them into Thomaston's PikQwik

What is the meaning of this?

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:45am

Fatuous: complacently or inanely foolish : silly (a fatuous remark)

Source: Merriam-Webster dictionary

The Pik-Qwik gas station sign on Thomaston's Main Street changes every week with a new vocabulary word owner Bill Bird sneaks in just to see if people are paying attention.

Asked if they get a lot of comments about these signs, manager Diane Allen said: "Oh my God, yes. We got people who come in here — husbands and wives — and they fight about it to see who can figure it out first."

Allen said Bird finds the words by searching the Internet and gets a new one up on the sign just about every week as a way to draw customers in and find out what it means.

Asked if Allen knew this week's word, she said: "Yeah. It means silly or goofy."

How's that?" she laughed.

Next time you're in Thomaston, check out the sign and make a bet with whomever is in the car. The person to get the definition wrong is buying the next lobster roll.

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