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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!

Montezuma’s revenge - n [Montezuma II (1466-1520), last Aztec emperor of Mexico, killed during the Spanish conquest] CF Aztec two-step Diarrhea, esp that caused by food or water in Mexico. 1962 Western Folkl. 21.28 CA, The North American in Mexico has coined a number of names for the inevitable dysentary [sic] and diarrhea: . . “Montezuma’s revenge,” the “Curse of Montezuma” and the “Aztec hop.” 1978 Capital Times (Madison, WI) 7 Apr 31/1, A seldom-used antibiotic will soon be routinely prescribed to prevent so-called Montezuma’s Revenge, the intestinal misery that afflicts legions of Americans traveling abroad, doctors say.

“Sorry it took so long in the bathroom. Montezuma’s revenge is vicious.”

“Never been to Mexico before, but I’ll be careful of what I eat. I don’t want Montezuma’s revenge screwing up the vacation.”

“Last time I ate drive-thru tacos, Montezuma’s Revenge struck again.”

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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