A couple of weeks ago I caught a glimpse of a headline in the online Telegraph newspaper:
Furlough Chancellor extends scheme to
lobster wobbling economy
Well, I was amazed. I hadn't know there was any money to be made out of lobster wobbling. And how - and, indeed, why - would anyone want to wobble a lobster?
The mind boggled.
And then I read it again and discovered that it wasn't lobster, but bolster.
Thing To Do Today: bolster something. To bolster something is to strengthen and support it. If you're an architect you might do this with a beam of wood, if you're a dress-maker you might do it with padding, if you're into comfort then you might make your bed more supportive with a long pillow.
If people are sad then you might bolster their morale by organising a singalong.
Though, to be realistic, this might actually destroy it.
The word bolster in Old English was bolster.