As I was leaving a comment on a friend's blog last night, I spotted, once again , a word that would be a great Scrabble word- patacque. Heck, that's 21 points right there without even having to land on a double word square(42). If you managed to get the Q onto a double letter and also hit the double word square you would get 62! Then you have to factor in the fact that it is a seven letter word. So add 50 to the score before you double it and that would make it 162! A triple would get you ...
There is only one problem. Patacque is not a legal word. It is one of those verifiers you need to type into a little box before you can leave an intelligent statement like "Way to go." or "Great recipe!" on someone's blog. These sure look like words and I'll bet everyone of you has told at least one person what the wacky word on their comment field was.
So I got to thinking, which I admit can be a very convoluted process. What if we were to take some of these computer generated "words" and assign them meanings? After all, the Language of America, once known as English, is constantly evolving. We blatantly steal things like taco and babushka and add them to the dictionary. Suddenly, words I had two points deducted from my compositions for misspelling like lite and site are in that same book. Remember being told by your mother "Ain't ain't in the dictionary."? Well, it is now.
Some of the changes are actually rather lamentable. Once perfectly respectable words have now taken on completely new meanings and singing old songs can be considered politically incorrect. So if the adolescent generations, the computer geeks, and Madison Ave.copy writers can all make up new words why can't a handful of intrepid bloggers?
I'd like to list a baker's dozen Wacky Words gleaned, last night, from the comment sections of your blogs, Dear Readers. You assign definitions to them and post them on your blog or in my comment section (after typing in the verifier, of course). If you get a kick out of this sort of thing, then pass it along to six of your readers and see what we can all come up with. I'm sending this out to all of you but I'm making a three biscuit bet with Clancy as to which 6 of you will respond.
Here is my list. I'll post my definitions for these "words" tomorrow. It will be fun to see if any of us come up with the same ideas.
But I can't sign off without giving at least a couple of examples, can I? Here are a few that just screamed meanings at me and one that needed no definition at all.
Prommate - a term for your BFF who went with you because neither of you had dates.
Sickisms - completely tasteless jokes about illness, hospitals, patients etc.
Flickites - disciples of the Great and Glorious Imax
Teree - who to put after Teri, Terri, Terry and before Terrell in my cell phone
Redgew - what ends up in your hand when your four year old gives you his cherry popsicle
And the one that needs no definition? This came from the comment page on Tails From the Furside . The only Blog that I am directly challenging with this meme. I kid you not.
See ya down the road,
P.S. Ha! you thought I'd forget about Patacque, didn't you. Well, I didn't. Although I can't use it in Scrabble because it is a proper noun, Patacque turns out to be a town in Illinois!