Friday, October 3, 2008

Quote of the Day


"Another way in which words are wondrous is their meanings. Some of the strangest concepts can be expressed in a single English word. For example, the act of employing your fingers to help you count is called dactylonomy; if you urinate backwards you are retromingent; and if you call two people unasinous, you mean that they are equally stupid. The strangest single word that I'm aware of is spanghew, which apparently means to throw a frog into the air, a concept so weird that you wonder why anyone would ever feel the need to coin a word for it." Richard Watson Todd

4 comments:

Overeducated Twit said...

Such delightful words! Wonder how to casually drop some into conversation...

Life this week has been so hectic, I need to do something to vent--rappel, go jogging, or in a pinch, spanghew!

Shay said...

just don't retrominge.....

GDad said...

Trounce is a good one.

Rochelle R. said...

The vintage frog image is so cute! I hope no one was tempted to spanghew one of them.