Dearth: (n) scarcity; lack
Once I realized I was stuck with three other friends on a Saturday morning landscaping project, I decided I needed a bit of frisky folly to survive the ordeal.
It’s not that I hate working with the soil—I just basically hate working—and am more honest about it than most self-conscious mortals.
I do not like to shovel.
I don’t mind paying somebody to shovel for me.
So realizing that we had to go to the local Home Depot, and for some reason or another buy big bags of dirt (which they called soil) I waited for the exact right moment.
To set up my little joke, I hid the bags of dirt in the garage. So when it came time to use them, the chap who seemed to be in charge of the Green Thumb Expedition looked down and saw only one bag of dirt at his feet.
I needed him to say the right thing.
Finally, looking around in every direction, he asked, “Where are all the bags of dirt we bought?”
With a smile on my face, choking back laughter, I replied, “It seems we have a dearth of dirt.”
And so I remained sane.