Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Quotation of the Day for June 24, 2014

"In the end, the headline writer is spoilt for choice. Let me, therefore, suggest some that seem to have slipped through the net. Ramscootrify (from Scotland's ramscooter, to induce panic, although an alternative definition was spray with a water-pistol), rumbusticate (which seems to combine "rumbustious" with the -ate suffix of words like "spiflicate").

"There is spiflicate itself (which the OED terms "fanciful" but others suggest combines one or more of "stifle", "suffocate" and the dialect words "smothercate" and "stiffle"). Finally scrumplicate which evokes the positive "scrumptious" but probably depends more on "scrumple" (to crush) and the crump of violent opposition."

- Jonathon Green, lexicographer, offering some alternative terms for defeat for the use of sportswriters.


Submitted by: Terry Labach
Jun. 24, 2014

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