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Wacky Word Wednesday: Brabagious

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Brabagious

Adjective

1. “An adjective of reproach, the exact meaning of which is difficult to define, but is generally available for use in a quarrelsome discussion between females. ‘You nasty brabagious creature.'”

From A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect and Collection of Provincialisms in Use in the County of Sussex by W.D. Parish.

Amy can be quite a brabagious individual when she and her husband discuss politics or work or … things.

 

Wacky Word Wednesday: Bumboo

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Bumboo

Noun

1. “A mysterious compound of spirituous liquors under the influence of which, Mr. Turner, draper, of Easthoathly, made the following entry in his diary:–‘1756, April 28th. I went down to Jones’, where we drank one bowl of punch and two muggs of bumboo, and I came home again in liquor. Oh! with what horrors does it fill my heart to think I should be guilty of doing so, and on a Sunday too! Let me once more endeavour, never, no never, to be guilty of the same again.'”

From A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect and Collection of Provincialisms in Use in the County of Sussex by W.D. Parish.

I love it. Some things never change.

 

Wacky Word Wednesday: Shackbaggerly

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Shackbaggerly

Adj

1.  in a loose, disorderly manner… from A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect and Collection of Provincialisms in Use in the County of Sussex by W.D. Parish

Amy got her kids ready for soccer practice in a shackbaggerly way.  It’s amazing they made it at all.  Let’s hope she doesn’t brush her teeth in the same manner.

 

 

 

Wacky Word Wednesday: Zeugma

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Zeugma

\ˈzüg-mə\
noun

1.  a figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses or to two others of which it semantically suits only one.   …from Google.

2.  the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words usually in such a manner that it applies to each in a different sense or makes sense with only one … from Merriam-Webster.

“Amy and her Chinese takeout expired last month.”  

“Jason and his heart bled over the loss of Wednesday’s dinner.”

These quotes are examples of zeugma.

Um… best not eat that.

Wacky Word Wednesday: Flibbertigibbit

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Flibbertigibbit

/ˈflibərdēˌjibət/
noun

1. a frivolous, flighty, or excessively talkative person.  …definition from Google

Amy is a flibbertigibbit when she is nervous.

 

This word was first used in the 15th century.  In Middle English, the word is flepergebet. – from Merriam-Webster

Does anyone know what famous musical includes a song with this word in it?