One last chance to put words in your mouth

The Queens County Advance - - OP-ED - Ted Markle You can reach me at ted­markle24@gmail. com – Twitter : @ted­markle

fool­ish or non­sen­si­cal per­son. I love the sound of this word and I feel it ap­plies splen­didly nowa­days to many a na­tivist politi­cian.

Ask­hole: Do you know any­one who puts ag­gres­sive, inane or in­ap­pro­pri­ate ques­tions to you? Ever been cor­nered at a party by a close-talk­ing chat­ter­box want­ing to know if you were aware of a laun­dry list of triv­ial mat­ters? Ask­hole is what you call some­one who re­fuses to take the hint that you aren’t in­ter­ested in their un­wanted pry­ing.

Mas­ter­dat­ing: For those whose best per­for­mances some­times oc­cur when they are fly­ing solo… there’s a word for that. Now you know what to call it when you go alone to a movie or treat your­self to a fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. You’re mas­ter­dat­ing!

Bibac­ity: An­other 17th cen­tury ex­pres­sion that ap­pro­pri­ately rhymes with in­ca­pac­ity. Bibac­ity is my new pre­ferred word for ‘out­ra­geous drink­ing.’

Luggen­presse: If you haven’t heard it lately, I fear you will soon enough. Pop­u­lar­ized in the 1930’s and mak­ing a come­back at cer­tain gath­er­ings, it’s Ger­man for ‘ly­ing press.’

Moobs: Ox­ford Dic­tio­nary of­fi­cially in­cor­po­rated this one in 2016. It’s a smooth, if not el­e­gant, com­bi­na­tion of man and boobs and refers to the bane of the in­ac­tive video-game player and the mid­dle-aged man – flabby man breasts.

Kal­sarikan­nit: Leave it to the Finns to come up with this de­light­ful word that per­fectly de­scribes what I’ll be do­ing more of now that I’m not fac­ing any col­umn sub­mis­sion dead­lines. It means to drink at home alone in your un­der­wear, with no in­ten­tion of go­ing out. The en­light­ened Finns have even cre­ated an emoji for Kal­sarikan­nit. My new ob­jec­tive is to con­vince Sue to join me in this en­deav­our.

https://fin­land.fi/emoji/ kal­sarikan­nit/

This is my last col­umn in this pa­per (in print or on­line). Thanks for read­ing each week. It has been a joy to share my sto­ries and to ex­change feedback though so­cial me­dia and email.

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