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Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Share 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!

Ramsquaddle - ram*squad*dle v To beat, thrash. 1830 Vt. Statesman (Castleton) 1 Sep. 1/2 (DA) The persecutors of Henry Clay: They ought to be ramsquaddled and chewed up by a ring-tailed roarer. 1963 Carson Social Hist. Bourbon 51, The Kentuckian was the half-horse, half-alligator man, full of fun and fight, with a gargantuan capacity for punishing his jug without getting ramsquaddled. 1979 AR Times Mar 37 [Arkansas talk], There are the euphemisms, “tallywacker,” “pizzle” and “prong”; the hyperbolical tongue-twisters, “bodaciously” (completely), “ramsquaddled” (badly beaten), and “obflisticated,” meaning thoroughly confused.

“They hit him with the ol’ ramsquaddle.”

“Did you see that? They ramsquaddled his ass.”

“If you get in a barfight, don’t shout that you’ll ramsquaddle anyone. Embarrassing.”

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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