Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Vocabulary Builder II -- Are We Done Yet?

*Another from the cruciverbalist, lexicological archives of dubious antecedence and syntax*

After an apparent successful effort at vocabification for to help edumacate my readers -- and the blog wasn't stormed by the NEA or Reader's Digest -- I'm back for anuddah go at furthering cruciverbalism in the cyberland of the written woid.

This time out, I will focus on, though not exclusively, more obscure, infrequently used words. Words that ought not be forgotten, simply because you haven't heard anyone use them, and no one would know what you just said if you insert them into casual conversation with a four year old. Or, in the case of Washington, DC parents, your 18-30 year olds.

Sure, sure...they don't know any of these words, but they know all the short syllabled ones that allow them to follow along with gangsta rap lyrics:

Organon:
- state trapped between Califorlornia and Washington state
- an instrument of thought or logic
- support grope for recovering organists (see what I just did there?)
- *special extra choice implied by a reader* six-fingered lad missed the 'G' spot again...

Outdare:
- something that's really..
- an air leak in a closed system
- upping the ante on a dare

Penury:
- injury caused by a writing utensil
- a jury of peers in a writ of habeus penus
- eternal damnation (ie., what I'll get for those other two choices)

Prodigal:
- country between Spain and the Atlantic
- goose your girlfriend
- recklessly wasteful

Scammony:
- an Asian plant with pink/white flowers
- what Nigerians try to do via email
- the art of political fund raising (where the Nigerians probably learned from)

Habitat:
- head gear for a sect of feline nuns
- a city in eastern Syria
- the natural home of an organism

Flibbertigibbet:
- a specialty dish at Thanksgiving
- an obscenity in Azerbajani
- a gossip

Lapsus calami:
- Latin for "a slip of the pen"
- Latin for "licks squid"
- Latin for "I thought you were on the pill"

Mephitis:
- a noxious emanation
- a disease afflicting dogs seeking the more comfy chair
- an overwhelming psychological urge to visit Graceland

Nothingness:
- the simple precis of a Michael Moore mockumentary
- proper title for someone of non-royalty
- a look into the mind of a serial blonde

Sang-froid:
- an off-Broadway musical about the life and times of Dr. Sigmund
- a song from the bar scene in Star Wars
- composure in the face of aggravating circumstances

Tintinnabulation:
- the longest word in this entry
- a tinkling of bells
- someone tinkling on bells

Wrongheaded:
- obstinate
- going into the wrong rest room
- when guys think widda "other" head

Typeface:
- what police try to elicit from eyewitnesses at a crime scene
- a nickname for someone who did a face plant on their keyboard
- a set of letters or characters in a particular design

Vamoose:
- a really big friggin' Virginian
- a wine flavored with flatulent herbs
- to depart in haste, 'specially if chased by that big friggin' Virginian

Dopant:
- stupid insect
- substance used in doping a semi-conductor
- edible pants

Fitchew:
- no alterations needed
- gesundheit
- a polecat

Snarf:
- a scarf used as a kleenex
- an acronym for Situation Naturally All Really F***ed
- a word someone made up

Cadaviar:
- fish eggs as a hors d'oeuvre
- served at funeral home parties
- a really nasty idea for road kill

Midwife:
- her torso
- what Elmer Fudd's spouse is in cwisis over...hahahahaha...(ducking boos and throwd items)
- trained to assist in child birth

I know you're glad that's over. But it ain't...Part III coming up...

8 Comments:

Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Brouhaha remains my favorite.

04 March, 2008 13:57  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

Brouhaha:
- a line from Napolean XVI's "They're Coming To Take Me Away, HaHaaaa!"

- laughter amidst a brawl

- laughing gas in the beer

04 March, 2008 14:10  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

Where do you come up with these words?

04 March, 2008 14:19  
Blogger Stacy said...

Ha! I thought of at least two more for 'organon' but I'll be nice.

05 March, 2008 10:20  
Blogger Serena Joy said...

Once I managed to stop laughing over the picture, it started right back up again as I got into your delectable words. You know, the Verbicidal Tendencies team would kill to get these hysterically funny treatises as guest posts.:D

05 March, 2008 11:08  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

LL: having no life, I thumb through a dictionary, and wha la...

Stacy: I added a def to that 'un, just fer yore ornery self...

Serena J: any time ;)

05 March, 2008 17:20  
Blogger Hale McKay said...

I really got a kick out both of these vocabularic posts.

I agree with Serena, my partner at Verbicidal Tendencies. THese two posts and nbr 3 would make great guests posts over there.

Also, I liked, I repeat, I liked the Wiley Coyote post.

05 March, 2008 20:51  
Blogger Herb said...

Yep. What that last guy said.

09 March, 2008 06:37  

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