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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 the winter?”

“I didn’t know they grew mangel-wurzels in Wisconsin!”

“Why does mangel-wurzel sound like a type of sausage?”

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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