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Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

November 15, 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!


Nebby - adj Also nebby-nosed [neb n 1b] chiefly PA Cf neb-nose, nibby adj Snoopy, inquisitive. 1928 [see neb v]. 1930  Shoemaker 1300 Words  42 cPA Mts (as of c1900) Nebby--Curious, inquisitive. 1968--70 DARE (Qu. GG36a. The kind of person who is always poking into other people’s affairs: “She’s an awful neb-nose.” Nebshit n Cf nibshit 1968 DARE (Qu. GG36a, The kind of person who is always poking into other people’s affairs.


“Get out of here, nebby. We’re talking.”


“That nebby-nosed witch from down the street is peeking out her window again.”


“The Neb-Nose reindeer would be the nosiest of them all.”


“Play this game: switch the word nebshit for any movie character’s first or last name and see how terribly nosy that character would become.”


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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