First a disclaimer: Nothing in this blog post is meant to deride or ridicule any person, animal, institution.
That said . . .
What’s a WOODLE ?
Darned if we knew, so after laughing ourselves silly, which doesn’t take much some days, we decided to conduct an online search for the term “woodle.”
Little did we know WHAT we would learn – a LOT!
One online definition of woodle: An exclamation of delight or amazement, for example, "I was so happy to get this gift" or "Today is going to be cooler and in the 60s!" Wish that was true here.
A kids site defined woodle as a verb meaning wiggle as: “Make sure you woodle.”
A couple of online" “urban” dictionaries defined woodle as referring to parts of the male and female anatomy. We won’t go there.
But, many sites defined a woodle as – are you ready? - a hybrid dog. Why not? There are hybrid cars, bikes, veggies and other things hybrid, so why not animals?
A Woodle dog is a cross between a Welsh Terrier and a Poodle. And, should you wonder why this cross doesn’t result in a “mutt” it’s because hybrid refers to a dog that is not purebred, but the lineage is known. But “mutt” refers to a dog with unknown lineage. Hmmm and to think that all these years some mutts were just hybrids.
One online site claimed that it could provide information on the Woodle Family Crest and Name History. Of course, you have to pay for more than the brief synopsis provided: Following the Norman Conquest of England after 1066, the Woodle family name was brought to the British Isles. They lived in Devon at Woodleigh. A person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Woodley, Woodleigh, Woodlief and others. Needless to sat, more info was not needed.
But the most important clue about the term Woodle is that it is connected with The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio – same state on the license plate. The term was listed on the school’s site and seems to be a computer program for course enrollment. Do Wooster students woodle courses?
Curiousity about the College led to more research. This 240-acre liberal arts college, founded in 1866, is located in a town of 26,000 residents with a student body of 2,000 (54% women, 46% men ). Student faculty ratio is 11 to 1. School nickname is Fighting Scots. Tuition, room & board is over $45,600; 95% of students receive financial aid. No wonder woodling is costly at Wooster.
WOW ! All this fun from just seeing a license plate. We’re so easily amused that we woodled ourselves sillier. (If that’s possible.)