• 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!

Ramadero - ram*a*de*ro n A thicket. 1929 Dobie Vaquero 206 SW, Down in a ramadero of spined bushes and trees that seem to cover all space except that occupied by prickly pear, a man . . .is sitting on a horse. 1932 DN 6.232 West, Ramadero. This word is sometimes heard in the Southwest for thicket. 1967 DARE (Qu. C28, A place where underbrush, weeds, vines and small trees grow together so that it’s nearly impossible to get through.) Inf TX28 Ramadero.

“If you’ve ever hiked through a ramadero, you know how much it sucks.”

“Look! Down there! In that ramadero!”

“What’s your favorite part of that game?”

“Hacking through ramaderos that spit out money.”

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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