• 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!

Racktify - rack*ti*fy v Also ractify, rectify [Prob varr of wreck + -ify] esp SC To damage, break down; hence ppl adj ractified (pronc-spp racktify, raptify, rectified) rickety; mentally disturbed. 1909 S. Atl. Qrly. 8.44 seSC Rectify is used to mean break, to destroy; rectified to signify distracted in mind, broken in strength. 1922 Gonzales Black Border 322 sSC, GA coasts [Gullah glossary], Racktify—to break, breaks, bone, broken, breaking. Confuse in mind: “Da’ buggy racktify”—that buggy is dilapidated. “Da’ ‘ooman racktify een ‘emin’ “—that woman’s mind is distracted.

“Sorry guys. I’m all racktified today.”

“Y’all go and racktify that tent before the storm hits.”

“Be careful or you’ll racktify that glass.”

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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