• 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!

Inkslinger- ink*sling*er n [By ext from inkslinger a writer] Among loggers: a camp clerk or timekeeper; see quots. 1913 ME, Gt Lakes, Pencil-pusher. . .A clerk in a lumber camp. Pacific NW, the “ink-slinger” keeps the camp’s records and conducts the commissary [sic]. MT [Logger talk], Inkslinger. any office worker, but usually the timekeeper.

“The Inkslingers on that show don’t know what they’re doing.”

“Yer gonna wanna talk to the inkslinger in that trailer right over ‘ere.”

“What a great name for a writing group or a critique group. The Inkslingers.”

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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