Pat Shingleton: "What's the Word?"
I have used the word "Tabascoey" as another adjective for our summertime weather. A few years ago I received a call from a gentleman questioning permission to use "Tabascoey" in my weather forecasts and this column. After numerous barbs, jokes and kidding, he identified himself as the late Paul McIlhenney from the McIlhenny family of New Iberia and Avery Island and of course our famous Tabasco sauce. A conversation Monday evening, on the anchor desk, found Mike Cauble and Michael Marsh comparing other hot weather adjectives. The list included: peppery, stuffy, close, collar pullin', ovenlike, a furnace, bakin', broilin', sizzlin', a sizzler, fiery, and sweltering. My wife Mabyn won't walk "Doggie" at night she says, "It's too gross."