When I set up my Wednesday topics for all of 2012 I did not stop to research what I was selecting. I just took the topics from www.brownielocks.com that at first glance seemed most plausible. There are some things that ought to, but do not, jump right out at me. In this case it was that ‘Spunky Old Broad’ can be reduced to SOB.
When I did research I learned that Dr. Gayle Carson CSP. CMC SOB (I am listing her just as she lists herself) coined the Spunky Old Broad term as part of her commitment to “having all women over 50 live a regret-free life”. A press release from a few years back stated that Gayle established the S.O.B. month to “…celebrate how many women are re-inventing themselves and achieving greatness with new businesses, creating new records in sports events and sponsoring charitable foundations.”
I am not re-inventing myself, etc,, but I clearly fall into the over 50 category, and living a regret-free life appeals to me.
If you want to read an absurd (and sometimes bawdy) account of some older women having a good time getting even with folks who annoy them you might try The Murderous Urges of Ordinary Women – A Novel by Louis Meltzer. Things do go overboard, it is not a masterpiece, but if you don’t think too hard, and you keep reminding yourself it is all fiction, it does provide some excellent chuckles. And February can be a month for seeking out some good deep belly laughs.