Based on Zbudi Se (Slovenia 1997)
I go nuts for words that…discombobulate
And, one or two…may cause…you to cachinnate
Most are rare and…obscure; some are out of date
Here’s my story, with words meant to obfuscate*
Tintinnabulations…ambuscade my thoughts
Last night’s compotation…mostly was at fault
As I…breezed in…to work…more than slightly late
The boss started…once more…to vituperate…
Are what bring me much delight
I shall use them…it’s a hoot
To lob insults in disguise…
I had toiled, night and day
The ungrateful popinjay!
So I called him a “hircine,
I pressed on: “That’s enough!
I am most peeved with your guff
You’re a supercilious
Then I quit…
Are you feeling…much more…gelogenic now?
If not, then add…this tale…to your delenda
* Of course, I do not mean to confuse entirely. Please enjoy (or ignore) the accompanying glossary of the more obscurer lexical items.
|CACHINNATE||To laugh, and loudly at that. Actually, I’m hoping rather to inspire a giggle but we’ll see. There does not appear to be a verb which means “to barely raise half a smirk” so I went with cachinnate instead.|
|TINTINNABULATION||My absolute favourite noun in the English language meaning the sound of ringing bells. Not exactly the most useful of words, I admit, but quite onomatopoeic.|
|AMBUSCADE||To attack by means of an ambush. I could have used ambush as a verb, but I don’t want to incur the wrath of Syllable Nazis. Plus ambuscade manages to sound romantic, in keeping with the original ditty.|
|COMPOTATION||A drinking session with friends. While not a necessity, in all likelihood alcoholic beverages are involved in this activity.|
|VITUPERATE||Definitely one of my favourite verbs, as well as its adjectival form vituperative. It is a bit of a shame, though, that it means to scold or criticise.|
|HIRCINE||Foul-smelling. This word comes to us from Latin. Additionally, hircine indicates a malodour reminiscent of goats. Now I have never tried to smell a goat in my life (nor would I, even for this contest – sorry), but I guess the Romans found the weirdest ways to amuse themselves after a Bacchanalia.|
|VENTRIPOTENT||This adjective, apparently, is from medieval French and has a highfalutin tone to it. Ironic given its meaning: big-bellied. This has fallen out of use, so now we must use the more direct sounding – and germanic in origin – equivalent fat.|
|BALATROON||Alas, this noun is also obsolete, last attested sometime in the 18th century. This refers to a clown, fool or buffoon. Some dictionary editors (who must be closet Transformers fans) list this as ‘balatron’. I prefer balatroon as it gives idiots everywhere an air of gravitas otherwise unavailable to them.|
|COCCYDYNIAC||One who is or gives rise to coccydynia…a medical term indicating pain in the coccyx, the tailbone at the base of the spine. A sufferer of coccydynia might well de scribe the sensation as being a pain in the bum.|
|GELOGENIC||This rarity is yet another lovely lexeme concerned with laughter. It describes a state which produces laughter or amusement. This is, obviously, the ideal target space for the end of any AL.|
|DELENDA||A list of things to be erased or deleted, or, possibly in this case of the above if gelogenicity has not been achieved, expunged out of all existence.|