Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Immatesticle - adj Also sp immatistical Immaterial, irrelevant. 1927 Ruppenthal Coll. KS, Immatistical . . .indifferent; immaterial. 1967 DARE (Qu. KK26, Something that makes no difference at all to you: “He can think what he likes, it _____ me.” Inf WA30, It’s immatesticle. 1986 Chapman New Dict. Amer. Slang 224, Immatesticle. . . Of no concern; not relevant; immaterial. “It was so pointless. The whole thing was immatesticle.” “Immatesticle a

Case 3 - Ep. 3: Soul Mine Skirmish

When a hundred British soldiers surround you and open fire with haloxite rounds, you get the hell out of the line of fire. What made things worse was that they were summoners under Avarice’s command, so they could see me and The Reaper unlike normal humans. It might have been 1902 in the East Rand gold mines, but those rifles would kill the life out of me and The Reaper if we didn’t unleash some serious butt-kickery. Whipping out the Blood Magic folio from my trench coat pocket, I flew straight up from the door to the high house. When I spotted The Reaper soaring up next to me, I shouted, “I’ll distract them with Blood Magic." The Reaper screeched, "Avaline, Split Trick formation.” I caught

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Diffabitterance - n Also sp diffabitterence Also dif of bitterness 1921 DN KY, bit of difference. Transposition of bit of difference, used by boys as far back as 1883. Usually said to indicate one’s utter lack of interest in what is being discussed. “Oh, he don’t make a diffabitterance now.” “Remember that show?” “I loved it, but it didn't make a diffabitterance to anyone else.” “You wipe that look of diffabitterance off your face.” Please s

Case 3 - Ep. 2: Soul Mine Skirmish

Wings pumping, I flapped over the Witwatersrand Basin in central South Africa with The Reaper in formation alongside me, his robes rippling behind him. The mining complex at East Rand in 1902 was situated in the northeastern part of the Basin, two hundred kilometers east of Johannesburg. East Rand was one of the most contested swaths of land in South Africa, and thousands had already died fighting for the gold that the Basin held deep underground. I squinted at the basin floor where the most recent skirmish between the Boers and the British was still in full bloody swing. On the outside of the complex, trenches and mounds dug by the Boers were teeming with gunners taking cover and firing rif

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Conbobberation - n [con- + bobber as in Engl dial bobbery disturbance, quarrel + -ation] obs A disturbance. 1845 Hooper Daddy Biggs’ Scrape DA, There was something aflouncin’ and sloshin’, and makin’ a devil of a conbobberation at the end of the line. “There’s always a conbobberation downtown.” “Don’t conbobberate us during the movie!” “Officer, there was a conbobberation in the apartment downstairs. The thief absquatulated with something or ot

Case 3 - Ep. 1: Soul Mine Skirmish

“Any particular reason why you were late today, Avaline?” I glanced at my Hades watch, a silver and gold piece of work with tiny etchings around the face, and met The Reaper’s shady eye sockets underneath his brown hood. “We got done harvesting souls early today. It’s only 9:00pm. Contressa doesn’t get here until ten anyway, and we’ve been writing pretty well--” The Reaper stood up behind his expensive, glass-topped desk and loomed to his full seven foot height. “No one can know what we are writing. I will not let the Pneuma Coalition get even a single hint of my intentions.” With one bone hand, he brought Seversoul, his scythe, out from behind his back and pointed it at me. “You omitted pie

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Chockablock - adj, adv. Also chockerblock, chuckablock. Very full; completely full. 1903 Cape Cod, MA, Chock a block . . .Full; satisfied. “I can’t eat any more; I’m chock a block.” 1916 Macy-Hussey Nantucket Scrap Basket MA, “Chock,” “Chock-full,” “chock-a-block full.” -- are all nauticalisms in general use, but more commonly used among a seafaring people than elsewhere. Often abbreviated to “chock.” “That was too much pizza, I’m chock-a-block

Case 2 - Ep. 3: Soul Rush

It only took two weeks to get The Reaper as pissed as I’d ever seen him. We’d worked our horns off hunting The Pneuma Coalition, and they’d made appearances in Chicago and the Yukon. After our run-in with Avarice and those prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush, I’d chased Avarice off. The Reaper was convinced she worked for the Pneuma Coalition just like Rage, so he suspected she’d be making a return visit. Thousands of would-be prospectors had traveled to Circle City, Alaska to discover their fortune in gold. Only a few actually did, and The Reaper absolutely would not leave any souls behind. Two jobs handled in one visit. We hit Circle City early in September of 1896. Dusk had fallen o

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Caloop - v, [Also calthumping, calthumpian, cal’thump.] 1942 - Amer. Slang. “Pet,” “Neck,” . . . boodle, bundle, calloope, canoodle. (as of 1900-60), To go out caloooping. Go out to have a good time, ride, enjoy oneself in trivial pleasures. “We’re going out calooping downtown for her birthday.” “Would you believe me if I told you you’re calooping? Right now? Right where you sit on that barstool?” “Make time to caloop every day. You deserve it.