Poppycock – newspaper horoscopes

Poppycock: senseless talk; nonsense. From the Dutch word pappekak – (from Middle Dutch: pappe, perhaps from Latin pappa, food) + kak, dung (from kakken, to defecate, also from Latin cacāre).

My astrological forecast for the day, in its entirety, was this:

There is power and prosperity in precision. Roll up the change lying on your dresser in paper rolls and parlay it into useful bills at the bank.

I have actually found astrology to be helpful in my life, but never from the daily paper. Pure poppycock. However, this writer evidently shows a similar affinity for P-words, so I can’t entirely discount her.

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