• 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!

Nighabout - nigh*a*bout adv chiefly Sth, S Midl 1 =nearabout(s) 1. 1884 Murfee TN Mts. 249 TN, It’s the onluckiest place ennywhar nigh about. Ibid 353, I’ve nigh about swore agin’! sAppalachians, They mean nigh about the same thing. (Qu. LL30, . . ‘Nearly’ or ‘almost’: “He fell off the ladder and nighabout broke his neck.”

“Hey Joe, we’re nighabout out of beer here.”

“It’s nighabout time we get to work.”

“Did you see that pickup truck? He nighabout hit me.”

“I’ve been awake nighabout twenty four hours.”

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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