• Jabe Stafford

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.”

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 Wordplay hilarious!

Works Cited

Cassidy, Frederic G. Chief Editor. Dictionary Of American Regional English. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. Print.

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