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The Walleteer

He staggered attempting to keep his footing against the swirling earth below his unkempt kegs. The morning commuters avoided looking in his direction with annoyance and pity on their face. The walleteer in his unbuttoned long sleeve shirt and tattered jeans with his hair in omnishambles made every attempt to schmooze passersby. His dirt-covered hands weakly held up the cardboard sign that said “Vet in need of food.” One man in his rumbling Ford truck, threw the man a couple of bucks with an expression of dissent, fairly certain as to how it would be spent.

Words of the day:

  • Schmooze means “to chat in a friendly and persuasive manner, especially so as to gain favor, business, or connections.”
  • Dissent – the expression or holding of opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially held. “there was no dissent from this view”
  • Omnishambles – A situation that is a complete mess, especially when resulting from mismanagement.
  • Walleteer – A beggar traveling on foot; a pilgrim. One who carries a wallet.

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