I have a blast making up dictionary games. I can spend hour after fun hour delighting in words and their meanings.
Today, I was playing with my 170-year-old dictionary, looking for archaic words that still feel good on my tongue, when I was surprised by the fact that my word buddy doesn’t include the word mayhap. The adverb has been around for quite a while, so I don’t get it.
I continued flipping back and forth between m-words… The definition of Morgue made me roar: “A place, in many towns in France, where the bodies of persons found dead are exposed, that they may be recognized by their friends.”
Then I had to feel kind of sorry for Morkin, a guy who went to college with me. I just wonder how he feels about his parents naming him after a word that means “putrefied; [and] among hunters, a beast that has died by sickness or mischance.”
The winner of today’s word game was Meacock. I had never seen the word before, and it’s meaning is offensive enough to suggest that I’ll never use it in a real conversation. But I’ve written a character (or three) who would be right at home telling another person that he or she is a mixture between “[meek and cock] An uxorious effeminate man.” Some of my fictional characters are mean to the bone, methinks.
Do you play with words, my Wicked Luvs? If so, would you care to share a bit of your game?