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Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

August 2, 2017

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!

 

Eephing - ee*phing vbl n [Echoic] Cf hoodling, whoop B Creating wordless vocal music made up of nonsense syllables and percussive sounds; also n eaf such music. 1978 Wolfe I’m On My Journey Home 2/1, [Liner notes:] Eephing (or hoodling) is one of a number of vocal-percussive effects still found in the mid-South. . .[It can be] . . .created by . . .clicking the tongue, rapping the teeth . . .blowing into cupped hands, and humming on and blowing into instruments both common and uncommon. 

 

“Quit that eephing. I’ve got a headache.”

 

“Why does music on the radio sound more and more like eephing these days?”

 

“Aww, listen to her eephing.”

 

“Time for eephing practice.”

 

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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