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! Schlacht - schlacht n [Ger, literally “battle, slaughter”; cf Ger Schlachtfest a festival held at the time of pig slaughtering] esp WI A drinking party. 2001 DARE File cWI (as of c1950s), My father often referred to a sort of drinking party as a “Schlacht.” This was usually one which had got rough or out of hand and sometimes taken on the aspects of a bar brawl. Some of his friends used the term as well. The usage certainly went back at least

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"On Earth,” I told the frost giant, “water guns are toys we give our kids to play with in the summer.” A neon green plastic water gun sat on my palm. A twenty-foot pasty male giant gave off chilly air in front of me. Grass froze and crickled under my bare feet. The kids had to be seeing this, but they were staying inside where it was less un-safe. I stammered, “You know, the kids pretend they’re soldiers or spies and shoot each other. All that happens is they get a little wet. They’re made of plastic. The guns, not the kids. I’m Pat. Pat Grady. Are you sure you’re not here to tell me fairy tales are real?” “You can see me,” he rumbled. He squatted down on his ice-pale haunches and scratched

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! Rimption - rimp*tion n Also rempshion, remption, rimpshion, rimtion chiefly Appalachians An abundance; plenty; a large amount or number. 1988 DARE File, An Appalachian term for a whole lot of anything. . .is “A whole rimption.” “He got a rimption of tokens and set to work demolishing the owner’s high score.” “Did you see that? A whole rempshion of turkeys!” “There’s a rimpshion of books in libraries and that’s where I learned what rimpshion me

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"Unlimited dancing videos online do not satisfy me,” Lexi whined through the speaker. “And I want to know who’s a better hook-up than me,” Cadence June told the smartphone, squeezing it like it was her ex’s testicles. Leather sofas heavy with absurdly mismatched outfits filled the dressing room backstage. Thousands of fans screeched and stomped for CJ. An insatiable demand. Right behind that wall and down one brick stadium hallway. CJ’s feet only shook because the best fans in the universe did that to ground she was about to dance on. They could wait five more minutes while she tech-wrecked her ex’s life. “Lexi,” she commanded the phone. “Switch us for five minutes.” “Oh, I have got to dance

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! Rickididdle rick*i*didd*le n 1967 DARE FW Addit cnLA, Rickididdle [FW: Inf’s spelling] [‘riki,didl] —old fashioned for dumpling. “Let’s order some chicken fried rice with rickididdles.” “Yeah, can I get six rickididdles please?” “Your mom makes the best rickididdles I ever had.” Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to post your uses for the words in a positive, lighthearted way. Audience participation makes Everyday Wor

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You could say I had an abusive master. His last wish had been, “I wish for you to be trapped in there for all eternity.” Three quarters of the way through his wish, I’d summoned every plume of energy within me and shoved my lamp off the bookshelf of his New York apartment. Fifty-one hundred years of spell muscle led to a two hundred foot tumble out a window and into a hotdog stand’s steaming interior. Glory, thy name ain’t magic. For most of the late 90’s, I couldn’t keep track of where the cart’s owner went. Leaving the lamp only to linger in a container of steamed meat tubes was a bigger curse than the ones I’d dished out for my old masters. East coast accents, barking dogs, and taxi horns

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! Red shitepoke - red shite*poke n Cf shitepoke B1 A sandhill crane 1 (here: Grus canadensis). 1949 Leopold Sand Co. Almanac 99 WI, The cranes whinnied. . and retreated to the far fastnesses. ‘Red shitepokes’ the haymakers called them, from the rusty hue which at that season often stains the battleship-gray of crane plumage. “We’re always seeing red shitepokes at work.” “Did you go the zoo just so you could shout, ‘Let’s see the red shitepokes?

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Eyes. Two of them. Brown like night soil. Above a blond beard and robes richer than the bastards who used me. I hadn’t moved from this crusty mead hall corner since they built it. The army’s men and women tested their stomachs as wineskins at the far end of the hall. Voices and clatterings vibrated through me, but this man’s gripes struck me as though I had ears. “A brick,” the robed princeling said, addressing me directly. “Only capable of support. So solid. My allies turned robe and backstabbed us. Family consumes and gluts themselves using riches that could build instead of being shat out. But you don’t have a mouth. You can’t whine or grow bulbous.” “I can speak, addlecock,” I snipped. “

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! Red liquor - red liq*uor n Also red whiskey [From its color, in contrast to the “white” (i.e., colorless) appearance of un-aged moonshine; cf white lightning, ~ liquor, ~ mule, ~ whiskey] chiefly Sth, S Midl Cf redeye 5 A distilled liquor, usu whiskey, with a reddish color that is legitimately achieved by aging, though sometimes achieved with additives; legally produced liquor. 1903 DN 2.327 seMO, Red-liquor . . .Whiskey. [Ibid 336, White-liq