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Last weekend, the last of the warm summer breezes visited the farm, causing my cows to romp around the pasture in delight,
cavorting in caprioles worthy of a Viennese Royal Lipizzaner stallion.
1. A playful leap: caper.
2. A leap made by a trained horse involving a backward kick of the hind legs at the top of the leap.
Whether inspired by a warm summer breeze, greener pastures, a extra serving of alfalfa, or just a fly in the ointment, so to speak, my bovine beauties occasionally take playful leaps around the pasture. And while it’s cute-as-can-be to see the little ones bucking and bouncing around the field, it’s nothing short of a feat of nature to see my largest, Fanci, flinging her full-size body into the air, footloose and fantastically fancy free!
Up for a challenge?
Define the following five words …
Come on … give it your best shot.
Ready for the answers?
Drum roll, please.
Ta-da! You got them all right!
Wait just a minute … how could I possibly know if you answered correctly?
You’re wondering if I’ve suddenly mastered the art of mind reading … Madame MaryJane Fortuna, perhaps?
I don’t even own a crystal ball.
The reason I can tell you, without question, that you defined those wacky words correctly is that none of them are real words—not in the Merriam Webster sense, anyway. Each is a made-up term, randomly generated with infinite definitional possibility.
They are pseudowords.
“Fake words, or pseudowords, are words which look like they are real, but actually have no meaning. They are easy to pronounce, and this also helps to make them sound like they are real,” explains the anonymous creator of WordGenerator.net. “Pseudowords have been around ever since our brain evolved the ability to process language … a language has a lot of sounds called phonemes which, when used in various combinations, can create relatable sounds that do not have any meaning behind them.”
I spent just a couple of minutes on the Word Generator website and came up with a long list of pseudowords, from which I chose the five above.
Is there a purpose to this dictionary detour?
“It is quite a task thinking up great made-up words that are unique, so I created this word generator to help you come up with the best fake word ideas,” the Word Generator mastermind says. “They can be great for naming your website, business, product, or project.”
With the click of a button, you can instantly generate nouns, verbs, adjectives, and even names.
If nothing else, it’s a fun little distraction from a busy computer-bound day.
Not that it wouldn’t be fun to have a crystal ball …
I guess I’ll just have to settle for a bumooxa, or maybe a neoskizzle.
What’s the wackiest word you generated, and how would you define it?