My Blogfriend Castor, of Castor’s Diary, sent in this information on “poof”.
“effeminate man, male homosexual,” c.1850, perhaps a corruption of puff. The Australian extended form poofter is attested from 1910.About the plural:Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:Inflected Form(s): plural poofs also pooves
My thanks to Castor.
So I was right about “pooves”. I had no clue about the definition, however. I’m not at all sure about my carpet’s sexual inclinations.
As to Castor, a quote from Goethe applies. “The first and last work of genius is the love of the truth”. The only protection from deception is a love of the truth that outweighs anything else.
That’s the acid test that keeps the creative fire burning.
And yours, my friend, burns hot.