Snorkel

Joan’s young daughter laughed and laughed when her mom said it, repeating it back as if she expected her mom to confess: “Snorkel? Snorkel? SNORKEL?! Mom, that’s not a real word.” Joan tried to defend it as genuine, but any conversation with the repeated utterance of “snorkel” quickly resembles a Laugh-In skit. Sounding equal parts sexual innuendo … Continue reading "Snorkel"

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Gullet

Gullet is an etymological senior citizen, its biography cut-and-pasted from edition to edition by generations of editors because its utile efficiency has not required update. Gullet sits on the veranda of a dog-eared paperback dictionary and sneers as unfriend and chillax tote their fashionable baggage up the onion-skin steps of the O.E.D. next door, and will stubbornly outlive both. … Continue reading "Gullet"

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