• 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!

Mukluk telegraph - n Also mukluk wireless chiefly AK Cf grapevine telephone, moccasin telegraph Word of mouth. 1945 AK Sportsman 11.1.16 AK, It had been reported by mukluk wireless that a celebrated New york [sic] physician was aboard. Ibid 11.8.33, Through the good graces of Cho-ak, and through the mukluk telegraph, news concerning me had spread to all the village. This mouth-to-ear and ear-to-mouth communication seems about as rapid as the telephone or telegraph.

“How’d you hear about the affair?”

“Mukluk wireless.”

“Somehow, it reached her through mukluk telegraph that the promotion was hers.”

“You don’t have a cell phone? What do you use, mukluk wireless?”

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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