{The Bluebird Dictionary} Flukulele

Portrait of Cliff Edwards playing ukulele


 Here’s the actual Cliff Edwards playing a real ukulele.



/ˌfluːkəˈleɪliː/,  floo-ka-LAY-lee*


n. 1.  A musical instrument played perfectly, one time, as if it were a fluke:  Ralph picked up the bagpipes and wheezed out the first sixteen bars of  The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar,” but then he couldn’t get the damn thing to work ever again.  Good luck playing that flukulele, Ralph!  2. An instrument owned by a person who stubbornly insists that he or she does not need lessons, despite audible evidence to the contrary:  Ralph’s niece Lizette owns a piccolo, but it might as well be a flukulele.  She refuses to take a single lesson, but insists we all listen to her truly novel sharps and flats version of “America, the Beautiful.”

See also:  Delusion of Grand Decor



NEW RSS FEED for BLUEBIRD BLVD. I have switched to a more functional RSS feed because the native WordPress version has been posting every single dad-blamed comment on the post RSS, which is not okay with me.   Enjoy the NEW BLUEBIRD BLVD. RSS FEED — embedded videos!  Links!  All the bells and whistles we know and love!   The new feed is from Feedburner, which will be our mainstay unless it becomes glitchy, or Google shuts it down.  Before I chose Feedburner, I tested five other RSS management systems, some paid, some free, and wouldn’t you know it, Feedburner still worked the best out of all of them.

DUNE in JUNE in JULY  Due to all of the mishaps of June (and a little bit of early July), we will be doing Dune in June… in July (and a little bit of August) this year.   Two special things—  ONE, we have our own Bluebird Blvd. Google Group!  So, c’mon over and we can talk about DUNE IN REAL TIME!  (WOOT!)  TWO, Last year we did Dune chronologically.  This year, we will be doing Dune thematically.  Ever since last year, my plan has been to put out an open call to writers who might want to do a special topic on Dune.   Interested?   Email me:  bluebirdblvd (at) att (dot) net.  Length and type of thematic Dune story are determined by you, dear readers.  (Audio, video, and image-based entries  definitely encouraged!)


30 STORIES in 30 DAYS   I am writing  30 stories in 30 days covering a range of subjects from Dune (of course) to a piece on the nature of genius in pop music for the Bluebird Sessions to the reboot of Our Sunday Best‘s ongoing special edition on photographers to some new entries in the Bluebird Dictionary.
It’s going to be a blast!
I hope you think so too!

*Pronunciation key courtesy of Wikipedia


About Courtenay Bluebird

Courtenay Bluebird is the creator of Bluebird Blvd. and The Bluebird B-Side. She is a published writer, career journalist, and professional photographer who likes books and sweets. She laughs loudly and sincerely both in public and in private.
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