Wednesday, 29 June 2016


abdabs - Don't gimme the old abdabs!

This is a 20th Century word for enraged frustration or delirium tremens. It seems that during World War II abdabs also meant, "afters," which meant after dessert. The origin of the expression is unclear.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Sometimes when I'm typing I make a typing mistake that is entertaining and, potentially, useful in my campaign to have fun with language. Here's one that made its way into my accidental lexicon: bother-in-law – no explanation needed.

I'm lucky this doesn't apply to any of my brothers-in-law!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016


carcuss - I made up this definition: less severe than road rage, but can still lead to accidents.

Then I found this definition posted on The act of cussing out your broken down piece of s**t car on the side of the road.

Either way, carcussing is not going to help you get home.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016


smaragdine is a strange word I recently learned, and it's another word for emerald green. Since it's spring it seemed like a good time to think green: chartreuse, forest, lime, electric, kelly,… What others do you know?