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Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

October 25, 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!


Krapfen - n Also krapfel, kroepfle [sGer dial Krapfen, dimin Krapfel] Ger settlement areas Cf krebbel A type of friedcake 1 or a bismarck 2. 1920 Kander Settlement Cook Book 291 Milwaukee WI, Spritz Krapfen . . flour . . water . . butter . . lemon . . rind . . yolks . . whole eggs . . . Drop by spoonfuls or through Spritz Krapfen tube into deep, hot fat and bake a nice brown. [1935 Frederick PA Dutch 228, Dutch Puffs (Krapfen) . . flour . . butter . . sugar . . eggs . . yeast . . cream . . Let rise . . knead it . . Cut into about 30 pieces of equal size, knead these into balls. . . Then immerse in hot Crisco or lard until golden brown. . . sprinkle over them cinnamon.]


“You’re so full of krapfen.” 

“Oh, thank you. You’re so sweet.”


“I’m going to make you a krapfen for your birthday.”


“Hey, you left thirty balls of krapfen over there.”


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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