Re: They Have a Word for It!
|Date:||Friday, August 3, 2001, 7:13|
Am 08/03 00:50 Yoon Ha Lee yscrifef:
> On that note, I seem to remember some "dictionary" of words that ought
> to exist, snatches of which were read to us in 3rd grade. I can't for
> the life of me remember the author or title, but one word I remember
> vividly was "airdo," or "the little rubber-dust fragments that come from
> an eraser when you use it" (or somesuch). This ring a bell with anyone?
>Was it Sniglets, the dictionary of necessary words, or some title close
to that? I know Sniglets is right, I remember finding it in a library.
Apparently some American sketch show invited people to contribute
unorthodox words that they used. The ones I remember are:
hempennent: the fringe of a dress caught in a cardoor.
perambulambulate: to look through the slot after one has posted the
aeropalmics: the act of holding a hand out the window of a moving car so
it rests on the air currents.
I think there were originally two or three small volumes of these
humerous descriptions. I once saw them in a single volume ten years ago
in a bookstore, and I didn't buy it, dammit!
I have heard of the book "They Have a Word for It!" but never seen it.
The now-retired editor of the Batman Comics once recommended it in his
Andrew Smith, Intheologus firstname.lastname@example.org
alias Mungo Foxburr of Loamsdown
'That corpse you planted last year in your garden,
Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?
Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?
O keep the Dog far hence, that's friend to men,
Or with his nails he'll dig it up again!'
- The Waste Land, T.S. Elliot.