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February 14, 2018

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!


Qualmish - Qual*mish adj, hence n qualmishness Also sp quamish [OED2 1548—>] esp NEng, Sth Cf squamish Affected by nausea, queasy. 1787 (1936) Dewees Jrl, 12 PA, The boat tossing about a good deal occasioned one to feel a little quamish. 1843 (1847) Field Drama Pokerville 64 MO, “Don’t you feel a qualmishness at your stomach now?” . . . “Yes, yes, sick!”


“I’m calling in qualmish today.”


“Wonder if they called the word ‘qualmish’ because it’s an onomatopoeia? That’s almost like the sound of you throwing up. ”


“She got qualmish last week and now we’re all qualmish.”


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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