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! Optriculum - n joc Cf DS NN12b 1916 DN 4.278 NE, Optriculum. . . About the same as doodad, thingumabob, etc. “Where is that optriculum?” (Referring to a dish towel.) “I got you an optriculum for Christmas.” “Put that there uh, optriculum down. You could take someone’s thingamabob off with that.” “She had one of those optriculums. You know, that optriculum thing.” Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to post your uses for

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! Oojit-nawsty - adj [See quot] 1929 AmSp 5.19 swMO, Oojit-nawsty . . .Good or pleasing. Used in describing anything from music to corn whiskey. It is in common use near Southwest City, Mo., and is said to be derived from a Cherokee Indian word. “You wouldn’t think a word that sounds like ‘eew, it’s nasty’ would mean good and pleasing.” “Know what kind of pie that is? Oojit-nawsty pie.” “It must’ve been oojit-nawsty if she chugged it all.” Please

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! Nebby - adj Also nebby-nosed [neb n 1b] chiefly PA Cf neb-nose, nibby adj Snoopy, inquisitive. 1928 [see neb v]. 1930 Shoemaker 1300 Words 42 cPA Mts (as of c1900) Nebby--Curious, inquisitive. 1968--70 DARE (Qu. GG36a. The kind of person who is always poking into other people’s affairs: “She’s an awful neb-nose.” Nebshit n Cf nibshit 1968 DARE (Qu. GG36a, The kind of person who is always poking into other people’s affairs. “Get out of here, n

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! Mukluk telegraph - n Also mukluk wireless chiefly AK Cf grapevine telephone, moccasin telegraph Word of mouth. 1945 AK Sportsman 11.1.16 AK, It had been reported by mukluk wireless that a celebrated New york [sic] physician was aboard. Ibid 11.8.33, Through the good graces of Cho-ak, and through the mukluk telegraph, news concerning me had spread to all the village. This mouth-to-ear and ear-to-mouth communication seems about as rapid as the te

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! Montezuma’s revenge - n [Montezuma II (1466-1520), last Aztec emperor of Mexico, killed during the Spanish conquest] CF Aztec two-step Diarrhea, esp that caused by food or water in Mexico. 1962 Western Folkl. 21.28 CA, The North American in Mexico has coined a number of names for the inevitable dysentary [sic] and diarrhea: . . “Montezuma’s revenge,” the “Curse of Montezuma” and the “Aztec hop.” 1978 Capital Times (Madison, WI) 7 Apr 31/1, A se