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Totally Weird and Wonderful Words
Totally Weird and Wonderful Words | Erin McKean
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Do you know what a snollygoster is? Would you eat something called a muktuk? Do you know anyone who engages in onolatry? Impress your friends and pepper your dinner party conversations with such nuggets as gobemouche, mumpsimus, and cachinnate. You can learn about all of these bizarre and beautiful words and many more in Totally Weird and Wonderful Words. Both witty and entertaining, this new paperback brings together two best-selling compendiums to all words unique and strange, Weird and Wonderful Words and More Weird and Wonderful Words. Offering a potpourri of colorful and fascinating words compiled by noted lexicographer Erin McKean, it contains hundreds of definitions, and has been updated to include two new essays, with over 150 words new to this edition. Written in a clear and conversational style, the book contains full-page cartoon illustrations by Roz Chast and Danny Shanahan. Featuring hundreds of words guaranteed to amuse and astonish, this is a book that will appeal to logophiles everywhere. It also features a bibliography of Oxford dictionaries and a guide to creating your own unusual words correctly from Greek and Latin roots. Smart and funny and with just a touch of whimsy, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words is the perfect book for reading in your sitooterie with a bumbo in your hand while mavises sing in your ear.
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KadaGul 🤣🤣🤣🤣 5h
CBee Vim and vigor 😁😁 1h
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TheBookHippie
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?? "Tuchas" is the Yiddish word for butt.

#weirdwordwednesday ?

IndoorDame 🤣🤣🤣🤣 10h
jewright My mom and grandparents always used this word. I had no idea it was Yiddish! 6h
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Ruthiella I‘m guessing it means something else on Portuguese. 😅 Reminds me of a friend who worked in translation from German to English and had to dissuade the client from naming their company GONADS. 2h
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella 😅😅😅 2h
CBee @Ruthiella omg 😂😂😂😂 2h
CBee @TheBookHippie this is GREAT 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😂😂😂 2h
UwannaPublishme 🤣🤣🤣 58m
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CBee
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This dinosaur name has taken me YEARS to get right, and I still don‘t know sometimes if I‘m saying it right 😂 Let‘s say it together - parasaurolophus, parasaurolophus, parasaurolophus. Here‘s a wiki: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasaurolophus
#weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords 🤓 🦕

CatLass007 Love this picture! 11h
CBee @CatLass007 who knew that dinosaurs enjoy coffee and books? 😂😂 (edited) 11h
TheBookHippie Love this 🦕🦖 11h
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rabbitprincess My fave dinosaur! 10h
AnnCrystal 🦖📙☕🦕 Love, love 🤩👍💝. 10h
CatLass007 There are only two things that make me different from this dinosaur. There are no cats snuggling nearby. I don‘t like socks 10h
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 9h
Daisey What a fun word & picture. I‘ve gotten into the busier part of my summer, so I‘m not sure how much I‘ll post, but I‘ll definitely still follow the hashtag as I can. 2h
CBee @CatLass007 I love socks but it‘s too hot to wear them now 🤷‍♀️ And my dogs are so weird and don‘t like to snuggle 😳😞 (edited) 2h
CBee @rabbitprincess yes but can you say the name five times really fast? I swear it still trips me up 😂😂 2h
CBee @Daisey no need to post regularly, just happy you‘d still like to follow ♥️ 2h
CBee @TheBookHippie never thought I‘d be jealous of a dinosaur 😂😂 2h
CatLass007 I wear sandals year round, unless there‘s snow on the ground. But we haven‘t been getting much of that lately. I am blessed with four cuddly kitties. Rarely all four at a time, unless I don‘t feel well. They just know.🐾💗 1h
CBee @CatLass007 I‘m very jealous! 🐈‍⬛ ♥️ 1h
CatLass007 People have so many preconceived ideas about dogs and cats. I‘m sorry your dogs don‘t like to snuggle. 🐶♥️ 1h
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lil1inblue
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I have a feeling more than a few of us have felt finifugal when reading books. 😉
#weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords

BookmarkTavern Love this! 💕 1w
dabbe YES! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
IndoorDame Awesome word!!!!!! 1w
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lil1inblue @BookmarkTavern It's so me! 🤣💙 7d
lil1inblue @dabbe 💙🤩💙 7d
lil1inblue @IndoorDame Right! 💙 7d
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TheBookHippie
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Zeeskeit n. Sweetness, sweetheart (as a term of endearment).

Zeeskeit, Literally "sweetness," zeeskeit is a term of endearment you can use exactly as you'd use "sweetie" or "honey" in English.

#weirdwordwednesday

ALTERNATIVE SPELLINGS

ziskite, ziskeyt, zeeskeyt, zeeskeit, zeeskite

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CBee
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Nope, it doesn‘t have to do with food 😂 I‘m posting this definition as it means to “thwart” in the book I‘m currently reading (The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle). But the main definition is “a hole in a ship's side to carry water overboard from the deck.” 😁 #weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords

peanutnine I love the multiple definitions and how the meaning has evolved over time! 1w
RaeLovesToRead Do you not use scupper in the US? 1w
CBee @peanutnine same! 😃 1w
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CBee @RaeLovesToRead we don‘t. At least I‘ve never heard it before! 1w
RaeLovesToRead It always blows my mind which words we don't share lol. I will have to get one of you lot to read through my dialogue if I write an American character 🤣🤣 Like, Rae, why do all your characters sound like they're from the East Midlands?? Haha 1w
CBee @RaeLovesToRead I would totally help with that! 1w
AmyG I thought it was a kind of fish. Similar to a kipper. In the herring family 😳 1w
rubyslippersreads There used to be a restaurant called The Rusty Scupper, so I always thought it was some kind of metal pail used on a ship. 😏 1w
RaeLovesToRead I should totally make up some fake British-isms to perplex you and @The_Penniless_Author 🤔🤔🤔 1w
CBee @AmyG it does sound fish like! 1w
CBee @rubyslippersreads aw cool! Seafood place, I‘m guessing? 🍤 🐟 🦀 1w
CBee @RaeLovesToRead oh please, I‘d love it. My ancestry is British and Scotch-Irish, but mostly British. I so want to live there 😁 1w
CatLass007 There was a movie with John Wayne and Ray Milland called Reap the Wild Wind. John Wayne played a sea captain who is accused of deliberately scuppering his own ship. This is not to be confused with Wake of the Red Witch, in which John Wayne also played a sea captain. I know the character Wayne played in Reap the Wild Wind was killed by a giant octopus. His character may have been killed in Wake of the Red Witch also. 1w
dabbe I especially love it as a verb: How dare you? You scuppered my sailboat, y'olde arse! 🏴‍☠️ 1w
Amiable @rubyslippersreads I also thought immediately about The Rusty Scupper! 😀 1w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Take your best shot. I know all your Britishisms. All of them! (Including scupper. I think I even used it in one of my books. 😁) 1w
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Incidentally, one of my favorite books to read to Laura when she was tiny was Scupper the Sailor Dog. 🐶⛵️ 1w
CBee @The_Penniless_Author that‘s so cute 🥰 1w
CBee @dabbe 😂😂😂😂 1w
CBee @CatLass007 a giant octopus! Wow 😮 1w
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TheBookHippie
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IndoorDame YES 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2w
vlwelser Me 💯 2w
CBee Yep yep yep 🤪🤪 2w
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CBee
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I just like this word. Hubby asked what it meant and I told him then said “like me!” 😂😂😂 At least well read 😂😉 (also the faction I think I‘d be part of in the Divergent series 🤓) *edited to add that I‘d totally be in the Amity faction, I was way off base lol*

CatLass007 I still haven‘t read the Divergent series. I‘ve got it, I just haven‘t gotten to it yet. Erudite is a great word! 2w
dabbe I just “borrowed“ DIVERGENT from one of our Little Free Libraries in the 'hood because it was listed as a favorite bildungsroman on a #TLT! Love this word, too! 🤩 2w
CBee @CatLass007 it‘s good! And I decided I wouldn‘t be Erudite, I‘d be Amity. No idea what I was thinking 😂 2w
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CBee @dabbe see previous comment for my faction change 😂😀 2w
CatLass007 😁 2w
dabbe @CBee I'll keep it in mind when I read it! 🤩😂😀 2w
TheSpineView Great word. Thanks for the tag!💜🏷 2w
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dabbe
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#WeirdWordWednesday
#weirdwords
@CBee

Hey, parent(s) of #CatsOfLitsy, did you know that this is who you are? I sure didn't! 💙🐱💙

rubyslippersreads I knew. I come from a family of ailurophilea. 😸 3w
IndoorDame I did not! That‘s awesome! Thanks! ❤️😽 3w
dabbe @rubyslippersreads 🖤🐾🖤 3w
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dabbe @IndoorDame 🖤🐾🖤 3w
Jari-chan Good to know! Thanks for sharing 😸 3w
dabbe @Jari-chan 🖤🐾🖤 3w
kspenmoll New word for this cat lover! 3w
dabbe @kspenmoll Cool! 🖤🐾🖤 2w
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CBee
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Immediately thought of “squint,” and apparently it‘s a similar meaning 😀 Plus a cool architectural thingy. Enjoy ☺️☺️ #weirdwords #weirdwordwednesday

CatLass007 Thanks! I want you to know that I always share these with my youngest nephew (18!!?) who enjoys learning new words. 3w
CBee @CatLass007 that makes me very happy 😊♥️ 3w
CatLass007 Me too! Except for the fact that he‘s not a baby anymore.👶 3w
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TieDyeDude Not quite the same thing, but my first thought seeing this was the Grand Central Terminal “Whispering Gallery“ https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/grand-central-terminal-whispering-gallery 3w
dabbe Who knew there was a word for that? And such a fun one to say out loud! 🤩🤗😀 3w
Amiable Ooh, that's a good one! 3w
CBee @CatLass007 they really do grow up way too fast 😳 3w
CBee @TieDyeDude that is the coolest - thanks for sharing 🤗 3w
CatLass007 😱 3w
CBee @dabbe I think I‘ll use squinch rather than squint from now on, just for fun. And to confuse people 😀😂 3w
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dabbe
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#WeirdWordWednesday #weirdwords @CBee

To be fair, I think we also need to add polyHERSter and polyTHEIRSter to the dictionary. 😀

CBee I agree 💯 1mo
dabbe @CBee 💙🩵💙 1mo
Jari-chan Yes! 👏 1mo
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lil1inblue
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CBee Oh wow! News to me 😊😊 1mo
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CBee
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Oh, I took a deep-ish dive with this one and learned so much already! These are only the most common examples - enjoy! If anyone else wants to be tagged, let me know 🤓♥️ #weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords

mandarchy Having grown up in a logging community, I was expecting something completely different 😂🌲🦉 1mo
CBee @mandarchy omg 😂😂😂😂 1mo
AmyG @mandarchy Ha! It‘s someone‘s birthday…send a logogram!!! 🪵 1mo
CBee @AmyG 😂😂😂😂 1mo
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TheBookHippie
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"Bei Mir Bistu Shein" (Yiddish: בײַ מיר ביסטו שעהן, or Yiddish: בײַ מיר ביסטו שיין)

“To Me You're Beautiful"

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? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvxkomTYkfM

kspenmoll Thanks for the link! 1mo
AmyG My Grandma loved this song. 1mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG Mine too. She danced to it 🙃 1mo
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AmyG Yes! Mine, too. 1mo
julieclair Does anyone even know how to sing like that anymore? 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair Actually yes, Jazz Clubs I‘ve heard some good stuff. Post Modern Jukebox comes close. It‘s lovely isn‘t it? 1mo
julieclair So, you just sent me scurrying to Spotify. I‘d never heard of Postmodern Jukebox. Oh my! Their cover of Jolene is unbelievable! Gut wrenching. I‘m an instant fan! 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair 😊🎶😊 1mo
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peanutnine
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#WeirdWordWednesday @CBee
This is one I figured out from context clues but I enjoy the definition - "a violent expression"

CBee Great word!! 1mo
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lil1inblue
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I did not know until I discovered this word, but I am a morgenmuffel. 🤣

#weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords

psalva Same 😩 1mo
KadaGul @lil1inblue I think 🤔 majority of us are. #Donttalktomeinthemorning (edited) 1mo
BookmarkTavern LOLOLOL Yup. 1mo
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Bookwomble 😄 1mo
julesG My daughter asked me yesterday what a Morgenmuffel is and if anyone ever uses it in German these days. She insisted no one was using it anymore. 😈 When she was her non-cheerfullest this morning (teenagers, I get it, but still), I couldn't hold back and called her a Morgenmuffel. 😁😁 1mo
CBee Me too 100% 😂😂 1mo
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CBee
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Thank you, Percival Everett, for introducing me to this word (and plenty of others, it was actually hard to choose 🤩). Here‘s a Wiki about fescennine verse - so interesting: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fescennine_Verses 🤓 #weirdwords #weirdwordwednesday

CatLass007 😮 1mo
lil1inblue Wow! That is fascinating. 1mo
dabbe Beautiful word! 🤗😀🤩 1mo
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Amiable This made me LOL. When my kids were younger, my oldest son asked me what a word meant because he was too lazy to look it up. This is how that conversation went: Son: “What does ‘salacious‘ mean?” Me: “Licentious.” Son: “What? What the heck does ‘licentious‘ mean?” Me: “Prurient.” Son: (throwing his arms into the air and stomping away) “Why can‘t I have normal parents instead of being forced to live with a human thesaurus?” 🙄😄 (edited) 1mo
CBee @Amiable 😂😂😂😂 that is the BEST 1mo
Amiable @CBee I was like, “don‘t ask the question if you don‘t want to hear the answer!” 😀 1mo
CBee @Amiable it‘s reminding me of my son - I have a habit of making everything into a song and he‘s like “mom, why do you have to do that” 😂😂😂 (cause it‘s fun lol) 1mo
Amiable @CBee Because embarrassing our kids is our right and our privilege! 😁 1mo
CBee @Amiable but of course! 😊😊😂😂 1mo
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dabbe
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#WeirdWordWednesday
@CBee

After dealing with banking and financial issues today, I need this word. It's quite soothing to hear and see. 💚

CBee Great word! 2mo
dabbe @CBee 🤩 2mo
AnnCrystal 👏💝🌬️🍃☺️💝💝💝. 2mo
dabbe @AnnCrystal 💚💙💚 2mo
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Amiable
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The irony of this made me laugh. 😄

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CBee This is a great one 😂😁 2mo
Tamra 😳say that ten times fast! 2mo
Amiable @Tamra I‘m not even sure I can say it once! 😀 2mo
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CBee
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Found in my current read (Demon Copperhead), where it‘s written as “sigoggling.” Used to describe a bunch of cars at a party, parked a bit haphazardly 😁
#weirdwords #weirdwordwednesday

peanutnine Well this one is fun to say! 2mo
IndoorDame Neat!!! 2mo
Megabooks I used this word all the time but I‘ve never written it! 2mo
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psalva This is such a good one! 2mo
CatLass007 I think this is a great word! Thank you. 2mo
dabbe This would be a fun one to make a song out of! “Last night I went sigogglin' ... down to the river so fair...“ 🎵🤩🎵 2mo
Amiable Fun word! I guess it‘s the Appalachian equivalent of “cattywampus,” maybe? 2mo
CBee @dabbe actually, when I searched for the word, there‘s a band called “Radioactive Sandwich” that did a song called “Sigogglin” 😁😂 2mo
CBee @Amiable it totally is! 2mo
vivastory This is very much a Lovecraftian word lol (edited) 2mo
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CBee
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So I‘m not fond of the smell of manure 😑, BUT I do love the smell of dirt, earth, and grass… *sigh* #weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords

ImperfectCJ When I lived in North Carolina, the tap water in Chapel Hill had a very earthy flavor that people described as "fecund," which is how I learned this word. It always makes me think of frogs (and tadpoles) for some reason. 3mo
CBee @ImperfectCJ I believe I‘ve tasted water like that, it‘s interesting 😂 Believe it or not, I actually like the algae smell too and associate it with frogs and tadpoles 😊 3mo
dabbe It's definitely a one-of-a-kind aroma! 🤩😍😃 3mo
LiseWorks I live in farm country, and yes, the spread of manure is often here.And depending on the wind, folks around here decide when to put the laundry out. Lol and the corn fields are beautiful! 3mo
CBee @LiseWorks 😊😊 3mo
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psalva
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A late night #weirdwordwednesday. A malaphor, or a mixed idiom is when two idioms are mixed with a comic result. They remind me of malapropisms. I meant to come up with a few of my own but didn‘t have much creative energy. Has anyone got any other funny ones? #weirdwords @CBee

CBee I‘ll have to think on this - never even knew it existed! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
BookmarkTavern Marvelous! 3mo
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CBee
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Still riding on my mythology high after reading A Thousand Ships, apparently 😂😂 So here is my #weirdwordwednesday choice and even better, an article with examples of katabases (I believe that‘s the plural). Does anybody else want to slap Orpheus? Dude had one job and he screwed it up 🤦‍♀️😂🤔🤭🫣 https://www.thecollector.com/mortals-underworld-katabasis-greek-roman-mythology/
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psalva Very cool word! I didn‘t know the Ancient Greek roots. In modern Greek there‘s still κατεβαίνω, which is the verb to go down or get off (of a bus for instance), and also καταλαβαίνω which is the verb “to understand.” One of those common roots I guess :) Also, I always got frustrated with Orpheus as well! 3mo
mrsmarch I just read A Thousand Ships too! Have you read Haynes‘ Pandora‘s Jar? 3mo
vivastory As someone who loves Dante's Divine Comedy (esp. Books 1 & 2) I love this one! 3mo
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dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
CBee @psalva I mean, he just needed to do one thing! Don‘t look back! But did he listen? Nope 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️😂😂😂 3mo
CBee @mrsmarch I haven‘t! Is it good? 3mo
CBee @vivastory I haven‘t attempted Dante and applaud you 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
mrsmarch @CBee it‘s great! Definitely recommend! 3mo
CBee @mrsmarch I see I have it stacked already - will definitely move it up the list! Thanks 😊 3mo
Amiable Fabulous word! 3mo
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Amiable
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There‘s a word for everything! Even a word for things that aren‘t words.

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#weirdwords
@CBee

Deblovestoread Something I didn‘t know I needed to know! Love it 💜 3mo
monalyisha Thanks for this super fun fact! 3mo
Amiable @monalyisha This would be an awesome Scrabble word, too. If I played Scrabble. 😃 3mo
monalyisha @Amiable Omg, 7 letters too (which would get you a 50 point bonus)! Salivating at the prospect… (edited) 3mo
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CBee
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A favorite poem and word 😊 @vivastory I know you love this one too 😁 #weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords

TheBookHippie I love this! 3mo
IndoorDame A favorite!!! 3mo
Amiable I love this word! Along with jibber-jabber. There‘s just something about the j words. 3mo
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lil1inblue 😍 😍 😍 3mo
dabbe One of my better teacher assignments (other than the “mean“ April Fool's joke): after teaching the parts of speech, kids had to replace all of the nonsense words with bona fide real words. They loved it and couldn't believe that it was quite easy. That led into teaching all about sentence structure. Sigh. I miss teaching, but not all the *&(% that goes along with it. 💚 3mo
Deblovestoread Such a great word! 3mo
CBee @dabbe I had an ancient Latin teacher in high school - they actually dragged her out of retirement to teach Latin. She was just the best and I adored her, but she was made fun of by some of the other students - she had her glasses held together with safety pins, her slip was always showing, but I never cared. Anyway! She‘d recite Jabberwocky often in a wonderfully dramatic voice and I always think of her when I read it ♥️ 3mo
dabbe @CBee She sounds truly like one-of-a-kind. 💚💙💚 3mo
CBee @dabbe I‘m going to email you an article my hometown paper did about her! 3mo
Aimeesue We had to memorize this one in high school. I can still recite it. And often do. Poems are great to run through while you‘re having an MRI. 😂 3mo
CBee @Aimeesue I wish I‘d had that assignment! 3mo
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Daisey
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This week‘s word isn‘t from a current book, but instead a talk I watched about Tolkien‘s art. The speaker examined several illustrations pointing out possible faces. He also showed examples from the natural world. This is my own favorite from the creek near my sister‘s house. We called it the dog rock from the first day we saw it.

pareidolia: (noun) the perception of patterns or recognizable images, especially faces in accidental arrangement

CBee That‘s such a cool looking rock 😊 3mo
Daisey @CBee I‘ve always thought so! 3mo
TheBookHippie How cool! 3mo
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psalva
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Saw some delightful news today that the 20th album of one of my favorite songsters, Chris Smither, is set to be released in May. I saw him live in November and he played one of his new songs called Down in Thibodaux. It‘s full of words that rhyme with the title: bateau, chapeau, crapaud, and fais-dodo, a typically Louisianan evening country dance. I had to share my enthusiasm for these delightful words on #weirdwordWednesday. #weirdwords @CBee ⬇️

psalva For anyone interested, a music video for the song dropped today as well. Here‘s a link: https://smither.com/news/ 3mo
CBee Oooo, very cool 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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CBee
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Let me once again take the opportunity to RAVE about this book (O Caledonia) - I‘ve been thinking about it ever since I finished. Sigh… also, the other weird word in the paragraph is “demesne” which is another word for “domain” 😊 And Hector was tipsy 😂😂 #weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords

CatLass007 All of those in one single paragraph! Thanks. 3mo
TheBookHippie 🙃 3mo
IndoorDame 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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CBee @CatLass007 I know, such good luck 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
CatLass007 I think I may need this book. 3mo
dabbe I also had to look up “preprandial“! And I don't know what book this is, but I am intrigued! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
CBee @CatLass007 @dabbe it‘s O Caledonia, by Elspeth Barker. I can‘t recommend it enough ♥️ 3mo
BarbaraBB I purchased it because of your review! 3mo
CBee @BarbaraBB how cool! I hope you love it ♥️ 3mo
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Amiable
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I love everything about this: the word “vellichor” itself, the definition of it, the concept of a dictionary of obscure sorrows and the reason for its existence— EVERYTHING. 😍

#weirdwords
#weirdwordwednesday

@CBee

Crazeedi I love books like this, I have 2 or 3 that are so intriguing! 3mo
IndoorDame 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
CBee I‘m going to have to look this book up! Sounds fabulous 😍 3mo
BookmarkTavern The book is amazing! 💖 (edited) 3mo
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CBee
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Megabooks Love these! 3mo
IndoorDame These are fabulous! 3mo
TheBookHippie Ooooo love!!! 3mo
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dabbe Crayola needs to come out with colors and words just like these! ❤️💜🩷 3mo
CBee @dabbe I agree!! 3mo
dabbe @CBee Then the kiddies could learn some beautifully colorful words, right? 🤩😍😘 3mo
CBee @dabbe absolutely ♥️😊 3mo
peanutnine @dabbe yes! That's how I learned the word cerulean when I was little. It has always been my favorite blue 💙 3mo
CBee @peanutnine that‘s how I learned periwinkle 😊 3mo
dabbe @peanutnine 🤩😍😃 3mo
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#WeirdWordWednesday
@CBee

Don't know why, but I've been feeling this word lately. Actually, I can think of quite a few reasons why ...

TheBookHippie 😅😵‍💫👀 4mo
AnnCrystal There's a word for that? 👏🥲💝🥺🙃. 4mo
AmyG I‘m with you. 😢 4mo
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IndoorDame Love that there‘s a word for that!!!! And right there with you feeling it 😢 (edited) 4mo
lil1inblue I've needed this word my entire life. 4mo
Amiable I have loved this word ever since high school German class! Germans are so very incredibly descriptive with their vocabulary. 4mo
CBee I‘m with you too 😅😳🙁 4mo
Mimi28 Awesome word 😉 4mo
dabbe @TheBookHippie ❤️💜🩷 4mo
dabbe @AnnCrystal ❤️💜🩷 4mo
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dabbe @IndoorDame ❤️💜🩷 4mo
dabbe @lil1inblue ❤️💜🩷 4mo
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dabbe @CBee ❤️💜🩷 4mo
dabbe @Mimi28 ❤️💜🩷 4mo
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Amiable
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Saw this word and couldn‘t resist for #weirdwordwednesday #weirdwords ! 😀

@CBee

IndoorDame 😆😆😆😆 4mo
CBee 😂😂😂😂 nice 4mo
dabbe Now that's a word I can stand behind! 😃 4mo
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Amiable @dabbe LMAO! 😆 4mo
dabbe @Amiable 🤩😂😍 4mo
Soubhiville Love it! 4mo
Tamra 😂who knew? 4mo
Daisey 😂🤣 4mo
LoverOfLearning Lmao! 4mo
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I love this word and never knew this was what it meant! I also love looking at old advertisements - makes me nostalgic for when things were (maybe) simpler? Not that I‘m old enough to have played with a zoetrope…..but I digress. Enjoy 😂🤪 #weirdwords #weirdwordswednesday

TheBookHippie Oh wow! How fun! 4mo
IndoorDame I had no idea those had such a cool name! I‘m old enough to have played with flip books, which aren‘t as aesthetically appealing lying around a playroom, but were a really neat evolution of that since they could tell a whole mini wordless story… 4mo
Megabooks Very cool! 4mo
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CatLass007 I‘ve seen pictures of zoetropes, and I‘ve heard the word zoetrope. But I never put the word with the toy. Cool. 4mo
CBee @IndoorDame my oldest son loves to make his own flip books 😊 4mo
IndoorDame @CBee awesome! 4mo
Amiable Cool Scrabble word for Z! 🙂 4mo
CBee @Amiable oh yes!!! 4mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
willaful When I was a kid, we had a book of paper cut out old-fashioned toys and it included a Zoetrope, so I guess I'm old enough to have played with one. 😂 We used to put it on the record player so it would spin. (There, now you know how old I really am!) 4mo
CBee @willaful that sounds cool! I had a record player - one for me and my parents had one too 😊 I guess I just meant I wasn‘t old enough to have played with it when it was new? 🤷‍♀️😂 4mo
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#WeirdWordWednesday
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Who knew? Not me. A really fun one to say out loud, and it's a game, too! 😃

ravenlee A friend of mine discovered these when planning her wedding, and we had many conversations about tussie mussies over that year! 😆 4mo
dabbe @ravenlee @ravenlee I just LOVE saying it out loud! I even want to misuse it as in: “Don't tussie with me, mussie!“ 😂 4mo
ravenlee “Don‘t get your tussie mussie in a twist!” Or maybe just as a curse itself, “oh tussie mussie!” 4mo
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CBee @dabbe I approve this usage 😂😂 4mo
dabbe @ravenlee 😂😂😂 4mo
dabbe @CBee 😂😂😂 4mo
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Food plays such a big role in the last book I read (A Woman is No Man) and it all sounded so yummy 🤤 Therefore, here is my #weirdwordwednesday offering 😊 #weirdwords

dabbe 💜🩶💜 I want to eat all of that food as well! 🤩 4mo
vivastory I 💙 Mediterranean food 4mo
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For this week‘s entry, I present a word that was apparently invented for an episode of “The Simpsons” and is now an actual entry in Merriam-Webster. I‘d say that‘s a perfectly cromulent way of adding to the English language.

#weirdwords
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IndoorDame Love it! 4mo
CBee Hilarious! Love it 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
dabbe 🤩😍😀 4mo
Daisey Such a fun fact! 4mo
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Thought this would be an appropriate one right about now. It is in my neck of the woods, at least. 😬

#weirdwords
#weirdwordwednesday

dabbe Stay safe and warm! 💜🩶💜 4mo
Daisey I love these Merriam Webster word of the day images, and I had to share this one with friends the other day as well! 4mo
Amiable @Daisey I‘ve lived in snowy climates my whole life and never heard of this word! I love it. 4mo
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#WeirdWordWednesday
@CBee

“You're a mountweazel!“

“No, you're a mountweazel!“

Note to self: do NOT be a mountweazel! Or be hoodwinked by one. 😃

CBee The “Flags Up!” exhibition though 😂😂😂 4mo
Purpleness 😂 4mo
dabbe @CBee 🤩😂😍 4mo
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dabbe @Purpleness 🤩😂😍 4mo
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 4mo
Amiable Oh man, I want to be immortalized as a definition in the dictionary! But not as a mountweazel. 😄 4mo
dabbe @Amiable #amensista! 🤩😂😍 4mo
willaful Supposedly Georgette Heyer did this to show Barbara Cartland was ripping her off. 4mo
dabbe @willaful Ooh, interesting! I'll have to read up on that! 🤩😍😃 4mo
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“There‘s a Yiddish word that describes Norman‘s genius: It‘s kochleffel,” Reiner said. “For all you non-Jews out there, kochleffel is a ladle, a ladle that stirs the pot. And when Norman the kochleffel stirred that pot, he wound up changing American culture.”

https://www.jta.org/2024/01/16/culture/rob-reiner-uses-yiddish-word-kochleffel-i...

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CBee Lovely ♥️♥️ 4mo
Tamra Yes he did! 4mo
dabbe This gave me goosebumps. LOVED this show and Mr. Lear. #70schildhood 💜🩶💜 4mo
Hooked_on_books I like that! 4mo
TieDyeDude I can't imagine growing up around Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Mel Brooks! Sad that two are gone, but their legacies are indelible. Nice tribute from Rob. 4mo
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Your science lesson for today 😊😊 Learned a lot researching this one but here‘s the Wiki to start: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelagic_zone
#weirdwords #weirdwordswednesday

Megabooks Very cool word!! 😎 4mo
CBee @Megabooks the pelagic subzone words are even cooler! 😁 4mo
IndoorDame Awesome! 4mo
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dabbe I'm terrified of the hadopelagic zone! 🤩😱😂 4mo
CBee @dabbe there‘s a reason it‘s named for Hades 😳😂 4mo
Susanita I first encountered the word in one of the Shetland books. 4mo
CBee @Susanita I read it in Little Monsters - one of the main characters studies whales 🐳 4mo
dabbe @CBee Exactly! 😂 4mo
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Spotted this in a book (but forgot to mark down which book, of course). But I remembered the word! Because it‘s a glorious one.
#weirdwords
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Blueberry Love it 😆 5mo
IndoorDame So fun to say!!!! 5mo
Amiable @Blueberry @indoordame It makes me wonder if that's why people say “blah-blah-blah“ when referring to meaningless chatter! Wonder what came first, the blatherskite or the blah-blah-blah? 😃
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IndoorDame @Amiable oh, it would be so cool if that‘s where blah, blah, blah came from! Seems pretty likely. 5mo
dabbe 🖤💜🖤 5mo
CBee I use “blathering on” a lot. Love this word!! 5mo
Daisey Such a fun word!! 5mo
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Pronounced hay-mish, this Yiddish term describes something or somewhere that is homey, warm and unpretentious. 🩶🩶🩶🩶🩶

#weirdwordwednesday

IndoorDame 💜💜💜 5mo
AmyG It‘s yiddish for…hygge! 🤣 5mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG YES, exactly!!! 5mo
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CBee Would be interested to know if the name Hamish means the same! 5mo
TheBookHippie @CBee Hamish is a boy‘s name of Scottish origin and a variant of the Irish name Séamus. Borrowed from the Hebrew name Jacob, Hamish means “supplanter” or “holder of the heel.” 5mo
CBee @TheBookHippie borrowed from Jacob! So neat 😊 (edited) 5mo
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This word popped up in Magpie Murders and I made sure to highlight it 😊 It‘s also used in Hamlet (bet you knew that, right Denise? 😁). #weirdwords #weirdwordswednesday

IndoorDame So fun! 5mo
peanutnine This seems fake and I love it 😂 5mo
CatLass007 One of Robert B. Parker‘s Spenser novels was titled Hugger-Mugger. I can‘t recall the plot but I remember the title. Now know what it actually means. 5mo
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vivastory Ah, great choice! Such a fun word to say 5mo
CBee @peanutnine right? Doesn‘t seem like it could be real 😂 5mo
CBee @CatLass007 how cool! I found a restaurant, a yoga brand, and a brewery all named Hugger Mugger when I googled it 😂 5mo
CBee @vivastory I think we should write a short story with all of these funny words 😂 5mo
Daisey Interesting! Also, I need to look up this website! I always enjoy the birds. 5mo
vivastory @CBee 😂 Can you imagine? “The Case of the Evaporating Palaver“ lol 5mo
dabbe “We have done but greenly, / In hugger-mugger to inter him“ (Claudius, to Gertrude after secretly burying Polonius).

Of course, I did NOT know it; I had to look it up! 🤩😂😍
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CBee @vivastory “A Hugger-Mugger Murder” 😂😂 5mo
CBee @Daisey the pigeons are great 🐦 😊 5mo
CBee @dabbe ooooo I‘m telling the teacher! Oh wait…… 😂😂😂 5mo
vivastory “...a Most Nefarious Homicide“ 😂 😂 Call our agents! Call Netflix! (edited) 5mo
CBee Let‘s get @The_Penniless_Author involved here - I posted the word “crepuscular” and I love capybaras who happen to be just that. So he ran with the whole “crepuscular capybaras” and I think we should just add…. “From Space” 😂😂😂😂 @vivastory (edited) 5mo
The_Penniless_Author This sounds like a term you'd use for that one grandma or great aunt at every family gathering who's always hugging the little kids and kissing them on the cheek. 😂 5mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author you‘re totally right 😂😂😂 mugging you with the hugging 😂😂 5mo
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I always thought this word was fun to say - though the condition it describes is serious and in no way am I trying to make light of it! #weirdwords #weirdwordswednesday

Megabooks Yes, interesting word awful problem! 5mo
CBee @Megabooks exactly! I hesitated to post because I would never want to lessen what is a major issue and I have so much sympathy for anyone dealing with it. But at it‘s core, it‘s just a really cool and weird word 🙂 5mo
dabbe An episode on Criminal Minds depicted a woman with this condition. It was frightening! Well, anything on CM usually was. 😂 5mo
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CBee @dabbe yes, I love Criminal Minds 🫣 5mo
Amiable My husband's niece has this disorder. It is a fascinating word! 5mo
CBee @Amiable oh how awful. I‘m so sorry to hear that 🙁 5mo
dabbe @Amiable I'm so sorry to read that. 😢 5mo
vivastory I haven't watched CM in years. I used to all the time. 5mo
Reggie I have a coworker whose daughter used to have this. 5mo
CBee @vivastory I did too! Great show. 5mo
CBee @Reggie 🙁 hope she‘s doing better now! 5mo
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Also spelled "oisgeputzd", this word can have two definitions. Literally, it just means to be "dressed up nicely". However, it can also have an exaggerated meaning of being "over dressed" or "flamboyandtly dressed".

HNY ?? #weirdwordwednesday
Yiddish word for NEW YEARS EVE ?

IndoorDame Mamale‘s is a deli right in my area! It‘s pricey, but occasionally I give in and order something just so I can get real NY pickles delivered to the house 😆 5mo
CBee This is something that will never happen in Cyd world 😂 Is there a Yiddish word for scruffy and pajama clad? 😂😂😂 Happy New Year, my beautiful friend ♥️♥️ 5mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame it‘s so good ! I love all the Yiddish they post!! 5mo
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TheBookHippie @CBee I‘m in Jammie‘s with a glass bottle Coca Cola so fancy 🤣😵‍💫 5mo
CBee @TheBookHippie I‘m still working on my coffee ☕️ 😁 5mo
CBee @TheBookHippie my dad loved glass bottle Coke! He told me how they used to put peanuts in it 😊 5mo
TheBookHippie @CBee it‘s got cane sugar! Very good for migraines 😅 5mo
vlwelser You found one I never heard before. Extra points to you. I love that you can look at these and hear a little Jewish grandma using them on you. 5mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 I hear my grandmas voice for sure! 5mo
AmyG Yes @CBee. You are a shlump….dressed in shmatahs. 5mo
AmyG @TheBookHippie Somehow this word morphed into to “ungepatchkad”….in our family. 😳 5mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😅 5mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG @Cbee OMG that brings me back 🤣🤣🤣🤣♥️ also I still say shlump 👀 often. (edited) 5mo
CBee @AmyG Oy! I love it. I do say that I‘m “shlumpy” quite often 😂😂 5mo
CBee @TheBookHippie oh no 😥 migraine happening? So sorry 😩 5mo
dabbe This thread was an absolute joy to read. 🤩😂😍 5mo
TheBookHippie @CBee we‘ve had massive barometric shifts 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 5mo
TheBookHippie @dabbe 🤣😅♥️😘 5mo
Deblovestoread @CBee peanuts in Coke…sounds weird but is yummy! 5mo
Deblovestoread @TheBookHippie hope it passes quickly. ❤️‍🩹 5mo
AmyG @TheBookHippie Oh no…feel better. 5mo
dabbe Hope you're feeling better VERY soon. 💙❄️💙 5mo
CBee @Deblovestoread I think it‘s a southern thing? 5mo
CBee @TheBookHippie ohhhh I can‘t stand those 😳😳😳 5mo
Deblovestoread @cbee Yep. The south came with my grandparents from Arkansas to the PNW. 5mo
CBee @Deblovestoread I wish I could migrate up to the PNW *sigh* 5mo
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Apparently this phrase is misused a bit - there‘s even a whole Reddit thread about it 😂 I can see why - it sounds like a legal term and a bit fancy to use in everyday speech 😁🤓 #weirdwords #weirdwordswednesday

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#weirdwords #weirdwordswednesday @CBee

This one's from my current read, a detective mystery in lots of snow. ❄️

CBee Those all just look painful 😂 👵 🙋‍♀️ (edited) 5mo
TheBookHippie Or walking to school on icy roads… same words 5mo
dabbe @CBee And dangerous! 😱 5mo
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dabbe @TheBookHippie Perhaps 118-degree days ain't so bad after all! 🤩 5mo
CBee @dabbe the one sliding on his butt is me. And it wouldn‘t be a graceful glissade, it would be a clumsy tumble 😂 5mo
dabbe @CBee Me, too! According to the dictionary, most glissaders (who knew?) use a pick-axe as well. Why? Are they coming down Everest? 🤩🤣😍 5mo
CBee @dabbe 😂😂😂 5mo
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I don‘t think this is actually a legitimate contraction. But what do I know? I‘m from the North. I‘m gonna have to go to @dabbe (English teacher) and @CBee (Southerner) for a ruling. Bueller? Bueller? 🤷🏻‍♀️😀

#weirdwordwednesday
#weirdwords

Soubhiville Living in North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, I can tell you I have never heard this. But it‘s fun to say! 5mo
Ruthiella I‘d accept it! 😂 5mo
ravenlee I live in northwest Louisiana and I have heard this! 5mo
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dabbe Love it! It's extremely fun to say and use! 🤩 5mo
Amiable @Soubhiville @Ruthiella @ravenlee @dabbe It would seem to save time, which I can appreciate! 😄 5mo
ravenlee I think it‘s usually more like “y‘all‘d‘a” though. 5mo
Hooked_on_books I lived in the South for a number of years and agree @ravenlee is on it with that pronunciation! 5mo
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Two -ious words today, both read recently (don‘t remember what book 🤪). Both fun to say! #weirdwords #weirdwordswednesday

TheBookHippie 😅😂😂😂😂 me daily… where was that from 😅🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
IndoorDame Super fun to say! 5mo
peanutnine Ooh yes! So fun to say! Never heard these two 5mo
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IndoorDame @CBee @TheBookHippie glad I‘m not alone in my scatterbrainedness 😂😂😂 5mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
Amiable Love these! 5mo
CBee Sorry Scott, totally forgot to tag you! 🤪 @vivastory 5mo
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My partner sent me this this morning. I think he's trying to tell me something... 😂 It's me, hi 👋🏼
#weirdwords #weirdwordwednesday @CBee

TheSpineView So me! I should not interact with people before coffee. 😂 5mo
Gissy I‘m an early bird, I wake up at 3:00 am to do exercises...but....first....☕️I can‘t interact with people not even with myself without ☕️😆 5mo
CBee SAME 🤪🤪 5mo
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Andrew65 I feel seen 😂 Totally a big night owl 🦉 5mo
dabbe I'm a mean morgenmuffel without my coffee! What a fun sentence to say! 🤩🤣😍 5mo
TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣 love it! 5mo
Deblovestoread This used to be my husband now he‘s a morning person and I‘m the morgenmuffel 😂 5mo
Amiable I adore German —that language has some of the best words! 5mo
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