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When it came to ingeniously descriptive language, Charles Dickens was lummy (aka first-rate). Bryan Kozlowski compiles the most colorful terms in his book What the Dickens?! You might need some logic to guess the
definitions. Turn the page for answers and the words’ literary sources. 1. sawbones ('saw-bohnz) n.— A: doctor. B: magician.
C: old nag.
2. catawampus (kat-uh-'wom-puhs) adj.—A: fierce. B: syrupy.
C: deep and dark.
3. jog-trotty ('jahg-trah-tee) adj.— A: monotonous. B: nervous. C: backward.
4. spoony ('spoo-nee) adj.— A: spacious. B: pun-filled. C: lovey-dovey.
5. rantipole ('ran-tih-pohl) n.— A: battering ram. B: fishing rod. C: ill-behaved person.
6. gum-tickler ('guhm-tihk-ler) n.— A: funny remark. B: strong drink. C: wishbone.
7. stomachic (stuh-'ma-kihk) n.— A: winter coat. B: tummy medicine. C: windup toy.
8. sassigassity (sass-ih-'gass-ih-tee) n.—A: fancy clothes. B: cheeky
attitude. C: gust of hot wind.
9. comfoozled (kuhm-'foo-zuhld) adj.—A: on fire. B: pampered. C: exhausted.
10. mud lark ('muhd lark) n.—
A: scavenging child. B: court judge. C: ancient scribe.
11. plenipotentiary (pleh-nuhpuh-'tehn-shuh-ree) n.—
A: housewife. B: diplomatic agent. C: bank vault.
12. toadeater ('tohd-ee-ter) n.— A: fawning person. B: habitual liar. C: gourmet.
13. slangular ('slang-yuh-luhr) adj.—A: oblique. B: using street talk. C: tight around the neck.
14. marplot ('mahr-plot) n.— A: flower garden. B: meddler. C: fruit jam.
15. heeltap ('heel-tap) n.—
A: Irish dance step. B: scoundrel. C: sip of liquor left in a glass.