How about a nice game of Scrable? *

Board game played with sev­eral let­ters miss­ing

Daily Mail - - Brexit In Crisis - Craig Brown www.dai­ly­mail.co.uk/craig­brown

The new edi­tion of the Ox­ford english Dic­tio­nary con­tains re­gional words such as ‘jib­bons’, which is Welsh for spring onions, ‘sitooterie’, which is Scot­tish for a place in which to sit out, and ‘yat’, de­rived from the greet­ing in New Or­leans, ‘Where y’at?’ Time, once more, for an­other in­stal­ment of my Dic­tio­nary of New Words.

Sea­sonal Af­fected Dis­or­der: state of flam­boy­ant pre­ten­sion most com­monly as­so­ci­ated with the Paris fash­ion week at the end of Septem­ber. Se­cloo­sion: the com­fort­ing feel­ing of be­ing alone to per­form your ablu­tions. Self-suff­ishent: a lone an­gler. Sem­i­naaargh: small group of stu­dents, meet­ing to dis­cuss top­ics for which none of them has pre­pared. Semi­oticks: the study of signs and sym­bols of approval. Se­mer­rerrerrpho­re: a sys­tem of send­ing un­clear mes­sages by hold­ing two flags and then won­der­ing what to do next. Se­quin-tu­plets: five sib­lings dressed for a night out on the town. Shal­lit­tle: small shal­lot. Shamigo: bo­gus friend. ‘ By all ac­counts, The Spice Girls are five shami­gos.’ Shamuse­ment ar­cade: in­door area equipped with slot ma­chines de­signed to in­duce a mood of gen­er­alised dis­ap­point­ment. ‘I’m just nip­ping down to the shamuse­ment ar­cade. I’m plan­ning on los­ing a min­i­mum of £5.25 in the space of ten min­utes.’ Shamyl ni­trate: colour­less liq­uid which, when in­haled, does noth­ing at all. Shandy Town: a de­prived area con­sist­ing of large num­bers of peo­ple drink­ing a weak mix­ture of lemon­ade and lager Shangri- Larder: an imag­i­nary food-store at­tached to a kitchen. She­den­freude: plea­sure de­rived from the col­lapse of your neigh­bour’s gar­den hut. ‘When I saw the wreck at the bot­tom of Fred’s gar­den, my heart filled with she­den­freude.’ Shi­at­sue: Ja­panese le­gal ther­apy in which pres­sure is ap­plied by lawyers to all parts of the body. Shelfie: photograph taken of a length of wood just after it has been at­tached to a wall. She­nuni­gans: mis­chief within a re­li­gious com­mu­nity. ‘ From what I hear, there were plenty of she­nuni­gans at the con­vent last night.’ Shush Ke­bab: skew­ered pieces of mar­i­nated meat so chewy they ren­der the eater un­able to speak. Showgull: seabird trained to sing and dance in mu­si­cals, va­ri­ety acts and sim­i­lar shows, of­ten wear­ing next to noth­ing. Si­es­ta­day: snooze taken 24 hours ago. Sim­u­lacrumb: an im­age or rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a frag­ment of bis­cuit. Si­phone: tele­phonic re­ceiver equipped for the push-but­ton de­liv­ery of fizzy drinks. Skate­bard: A short, nar­row board with a poet bal­anc­ing on

top of it. Skun­kle: older male re­la­tion known for his un­for­tu­nate body odour. Slobotomy: op­er­a­tion de­signed to make couch pota­toes feel more ac­tive.

Slob­serve: to look at some­thing with your feet up while eat­ing burg­ers and pop­corn.

Smock alarm: a de­vice that au­to­mat­i­cally de­tects the ap­proach of Mor­ris Men and de­liv­ers ad­vance warn­ing of their pres­ence. Smor­gas­bored: tired range of del­i­ca­cies served in a buf­fet-style ar­range­ment. ‘The smor­gas­bored failed to enliven the evening.’ So­cia­b­ull: horned quadruped with a wide cir­cle of friends. Sol­er­mm­mmn: lengthy hes­i­ta­tion mis­taken for se­ri­ous­ness. Spam­bu­lance: emer­gency mo­bile provider of tinned meat. Spellchuck: falty com­putor pro­gram for word corec­tion. Spokespar­son: pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Church of eng­land. Spo­radig: oc­ca­sional bout of gar­den­ing. ‘ ev­ery third Tues­day, he would leave the house for two min­utes to go out for a spo­radig.’ Squig­gull: badly drawn seabird. Scrable: board game played de­spite let­ters miss­ing. ‘ Fancy a game of Scrable, any­one?’ Squishue: Soft topic put up for gen­eral dis­cus­sion in or­der to pre­vent ar­gu­ments break­ing out. ‘That’s enough Brexit for now. Let’s stick to the squishues.’

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