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! Jassack - jass*ack n Also sp jasack; abbr jass, hence joc jass-ass, jass-onkey [jas(s)ack by metath] A mule or jackass. c1960 Wilson Coll. csKY, Jassack . . .Humorous name for mule. (Joking nicknames) “Bring that jassack in here, we got work to do.” “Hey jassack, you better watch what you say.” “So three jassacks walk into a bar. . .” Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to post your uses for the words in a positive, lig

Case 5 - Ep. 1: Heavenly War Propaganda

My hackles go up whenever The Reaper returns late from a shift. I leaned against the haloxite rim of the Soul Fountains and glanced at my Hades watch. Half past two in the afternoon on a Friday. I’d waited for half an hour to start our usual soul harvesting shift, and he hadn’t shown. I adjusted my bra underneath the pinstriped blazer and glanced at the usher and banker angels bustling around me. Life force rushed down in watery streams from the top of the golden Fountains ten stories above me, splashing into each bowl before conjoining with the mounted crates and the motes inside. Ivory coins of crimson and vanilla scraped against the haloxite chutes as the motes rolled into boxes on the de

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! Jabronie - ja*bro*nie n Also jab(r)oney, jarboni, jiboney, jumbloney; for addit var see quots [Etymology unknown] An inept, stupid, or inexperience person; a guy or fellow. 1931 AmSp 6.439 NY [Prison slang], Jaboney. . .A greenhorn; a newly-arrived foreigner. 1982 Smithsonian Letters, Jabronie . .as in “That god-damned fumble-thumbed jabronie could cause a malfunction in a rolling pin.” As the name for an inept, incompetent, clumsy person, inep

Case 4 - Ep. 3: Two Souls, Two Tales

Mix one Reaper, one Ava, and a hundred swarming demon thieves and you get The Battle Of The Somme with too many chasers. Demons with crimson, black, and gray wings erupted from a gutted farmhouse and barn in northern France, 1916. They surged through the skies after us in a tangled mass, drawing haloxite blades and rifles no doubt loaded with haloxite rounds that would pierce the protection our brimstone horns gave us. I whipped out my Blood Magic folio from the inside of my half-shredded trenchcoat and gripped my favorite haloxite knife in the other hand. Then I shouted to The Reaper, “Stick with the plan and harvest from the outside in. I’ll deal with these clowns.” “What about the summone

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! Mangel-wurzel - n Also mangel, mangle(wurzel); A beet grown for fodder. 1788 (1925) Washington Diaries 3,427 neVA, I sowed 19 Rows of the Yellow bearded Wheat between the Rows of the Mangel Wurzel and those of the Carrots. 1925 Book of Rural LIfe 3324, Mangel-wurzel . . .Most of the mangels produced in the United States are grown in New York, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington. "Have we got enough mangel-wurzels for t

Case 4 - Ep. 2: Two Souls, Two Tales

The Reaper wouldn’t mention two specific humans in a World War One battle unless they were important. Since I’d damn near screwed up writing these case notes for two days running, I turned on the mental jets and promised myself I wouldn’t miss a thing. Seven days’ worth of bombings on the river Somme in northern France hadn’t driven the Germans back. We knew because we’d visited each day, dodging explosions and harvesting tens of thousands of souls at a time. Big cities on Earth in 1916 yielded plenty of life force from the humans that died there each day, but battlefields like this one were bumper crops that grew back daily. We couldn’t be wasteful and let all those souls become ghosts. You

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! Lummox - n [Engl dial] Also sp lommix, lummix, lummucks, lummux chiefly Nth, N Midl, West An awkward or ungainly person; an oaf. 1889 Twain CT Yankee 382, As a rule, a knight is a lummux, and sometimes even a labrick. 1947 Ballowe The Lawd 186 LA, Git outer heah, you big lummux. “Oh, my brother is such a lummox.” “Lummox is just funny to say. LUMMOX!” “How do you flummox a lummox?” Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to

Case 4 - Ep. 1: Two Souls, Two Tales

The demon on The Reaper’s office balcony struck a pose and said, “Do I look like The Reaper’s bodyguard?” I landed next to Contressa Vexus and blew a wisp of her hair out of my face. It was the kind of nuts that you couldn’t tame even if you tried. The hair, not her face. That windblown brown mop and that chartreuse one-shoulder top looked like they belonged on a stripper, and her wings and horns threw a dash of cosplayer into the mix. “No,” I agreed. “More like a frizz-headed floozy.” Contressa beamed and squeezed my shoulder. “Exactly. The Reaper’s enemies see another wigged-out demon around him and think I’m a thief like them.” I resisted the urge to brush dirt off the shoulder she touche