In the process of trying to make words to score, we often find ourselves with plausible sequences of letters that might have been words in some parallel universe, but unfortunately don’t ring up points in the game. Over the past few decades, a whole assortment of folks have imagined these sorts of would-be fictionary words into existence. Their sound is oddly familiar, while their meaning often commemorates the mildly annoying.
Usually putting a firm finger on everyday phenomena no one ever thought to name, comedian Rich Hall called them sniglets. Check out that link for some classic examples from the past. Today, we let the by-products of our game-playing inspire a few new fictionary entries. Read on and then feel free to go to it with your own creations from the game. When the letters give you liverwurst, make gelitan*. Half the fun is in sharing common experience, and giving a platform to the piddling but somehow pertinent.
Reniglet: A sniglet with impostor syndrome, submitted but withdrawn amid second thoughts.
*Gelitan: A questionable gelatin, lima bean, liverwurst, mayonnaise & marshmallow dessert recipe printed in a mid-century lifestyle magazine, with purportedly mildly laxative effects. Top with festive pickles, crushed pineapple and cashews. Prep time: 15 min. Recovery time: varies.
Stingle: The stinging, tingling sensation in your hands after smacking a baseball too close to the bat handle. Occasionally results in a stingle single.
Plotero: A strategy board game with pieces representing donkeys that may or may not cooperate when you attempt to move them to another square. Burro whispering talents are plentifully rewarded.
Satillo: A soft, plush, shade-giving anti-cactus just right for leaning against in the hot desert sun.
Nateau: A lightly sparkling drink made from spring waters near Montpelier, southern France. Served with a slice of Seville orange.
Enlitas: Scented outdoor candles used to ward off mosquitoes and lend a mellow glow to summer evening get-togethers.
Foods may be low-hanging fruit
Vegade: A tangy summer drink with tomatoes, veggies, citrus and herbs. Use up that zucchini!
Bedgag: A film or television scene in which a character pulls the sheets over their head or up to their mouth in horror, amazement or embarrassment.
Kegars: Exercises traditionally done by hardy Norwegians involving lifting heavy objects over the head while withstanding increasing amounts of tickling with specially prepared goose feathers. The practice has been banned in some localities, as ticklers are often known to face virtually as much hazard from falling objects as ticklees.
Bedge: To put off commitment or comment as long as possible while not appearing to do so: Lisa, stop bedging and tell us what you really think.
Batega: A small neighborhood bakery and delicatessen specializing in French bread and cheese. Is it just us, or do sniglets make you hungry?
Estacone: Lime sherbet with various toppings served in a conically wrapped tortilla shell. Sniglets make you hungry.
Prendle: (Used figuratively) To go through tortuous machinations and contortions of logic to rationalize or avoid telling the truth or accepting responsibility. Or properly explaining sniglets.
Lederp: A tiresome, pretentious person given to ostentatious foreign phrase-dropping à la Miss Piggy.