Once it’s in a book it’s a real word. That’s the law, I think.

Words in my next book that spell-check says aren’t real:

Janky.

Tricksy.

Panickedly.

Vomity.

Halfsies.

Floaty.

Dickhole.

Bitey.

Crotchal.

Thingie.

Laggy.

Naugahyde.

Borked.

Welp.

Weirdos.

Judgy.

Cootch.

Squoosh.

Roadkill.

Wronger.

Chupacabra.

Teets.

Foxen.

Rigamarole.

Battlestar Galactica.

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  1. Seriously spellcheck – Roadkill!!!
    If people can eat it, then you can spell it.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. 2
    ocularnervosa

    I know what each of those words mean so yes they are words.

    Liked by 7 people

  3. You need a new dictionary. Those words are fine.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. 4
    Tucker Almengor

    Funner

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Your spell check is a lying, janky, tricksy bitch.

    Liked by 12 people

  6. Spellcheck knows nothing.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. This just makes me shake my head sadly and contemplate writing a severely-worded missive to Bill Gates to fix his shit.

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  8. Weirdo, rigamarole and roadkill? How would anyone ever write a book without those three words?

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  9. 10
    Anonymous

    Nope All are 100% real and used in most conversations I have.

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  10. What? Those are all clearly 100% real words.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Your spell-check is a little janky. And now I’ve realized mine is as well. Oh welp.

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  12. I’m sorry, those are the very best words.

    Liked by 1 person

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  13. 14
    Anonymous

    Based just off of this list, I believe this will be the best book ever.

    Liked by 3 people

  14. There is no more accurate word for weirdos than “weirdos”, and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on.

    Liked by 3 people

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  15. 16
    Sherrie Vineyard

    Seriously, now i just want to read your new book.

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  16. 17
    Fictionfiend

    BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ISN’T REAL?!
    Next you’ll be telling me Doctor Who isn’t real, either.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. 18
    Anonymous

    Love you, but I think it’s rigmarole.🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  18. 19
    Christine Lawrence

    naugahyde is totally a word.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. And now I really need to know when I said book will be published please!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. 21
    Kristin Bertier

    Betitted!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. 22
    Anonymous

    I thought it was crotchetal. Nope, I guess spell check doesn’t like that either.

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  22. 23
    Anonymous

    I say “dickhole” on the daily. I work in customer service.
    People prove to me regularly that dickhole is a very real word.

    Liked by 3 people

  23. 24
    Elizabeth

    spell check is a lying bastard!!

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  24. 25
    Anonymous

    You know, spellcheck tells me Jackassery is not a word, but asshat is.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. “Naugahyde” should be capitalized, it’s a brand name.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. Illiterate swine, spell check!! And my demented autocomplete keeps making spellcheck two words instead of one!! And every time I type “love” it changes it to “live!” Alright, already! Love to live, live to love!!

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  27. Whelp needs an “h”. I see no other problems with this list. Spellcheck needs to get out more.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. 29
    Anonymous

    Those are all totally words, just like Exhaustified is a word. And I have a Nauga, so there. WORD.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. My work email doesn’t like stabby. Your words are perfect.

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  30. Does it recognize “thingy” as the spelling? I feel like I use this word on the regular.

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  31. Crotchal! Love it! It totally explains my day. Crying jag for no reason, tripping my knee scooter while lost trying to find my new OB/GYN’s office. Then yearly exam. LOLOLOLOL PMP!

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  32. 33
    Anonymous

    What kind of fuckery is that?

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  33. I thought Naugahyde WAS a word since it was the brand name of a product that people used on..IDK..cars upholstery or something? Right?

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  34. 35
    J Wallace

    “Thingy” is in the dictionary even if “thingie” isn’t!

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  35. 36
    Bluesurly

    Spell-check is seriously wrong! I’ll be betitted isn’t a word it believes in either….

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  36. 37
    Anonymous

    Wait! Where’s “betitted”?

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  37. But what about betitted?

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  38. 39
    OtherSuze

    I’ll take Tricksy for 500, Alex.

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  39. 40
    Anonymous

    Yep, “thingy” not “thingie” 🙂

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  40. 41
    Anonymous

    What is this nonsense? Clearly spellcheck is antiquated! But, you’re a trendsetter, a rockstar among writers! These words will prevail in your name! All hail The Blogess!🤗😎

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  41. 42
    OtherSuze

    Naugahyde is a trademarked name, so the dictionary just says fuck it. But I would think it would be a generic term like Xerox, Kleenex, etc. by now.

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  42. What about the newest addition – betitted

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  43. Spellcheck is not real

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  44. I wouldn’t worry too much. My judge-y spellcheck at work tried to change neuroscience (my field of work) to pseudoscience. Burn! I sent the image to my boss.

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  45. Clearly it is a lying liar that lies!

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  46. 47
    mimi b mcbroom

    Chupacabra: to suck goats. Clearly spell check is not well read

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  47. Huh. Well, I know those words so they must be real. I’m Canadian though. I know spell check can’t get the spelling of colour or honour correct either. So maybe you’re just speaking Canadian. Want to go out for some poutine, neighbour?

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  48. Your spellcheck is totally Janky. I was eating lunch with my friend, Tricksy, today, and she Panickedly described her food as Vomity to the waitress. Since mine was good, we decided to go Halfsies. For dessert, we had this yummy Floaty thing, which the Dickhole next to us clearly wanted, too. He had a Bitey dog with him who was about Crotchal height and kept playing with the Thingie under the table. The owner kept telling him to stop, which was Laggy, at best, since the chairs were covered in Naugahyde, and with all that playing and chewing, were Borked, at best. Welp, so much for Weirdos. I don’t like to sound so Judgy, but the dog sniffed my Cootch. I tried to Squoosh him back, but he looked like Roadkill, or even Wronger, a Chupacabra with huge Teets. The owner said he was definitely Foxen, but I was tired of the whole Rigamarole, so we went back to my place to watch Battlestar Galactica.

    (Marry me. ~ Jenny)

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    April Golston

    I think Dickhole is pretty much just any hole so that might be redundant.

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  50. 51
    Anncetera

    Your spellchecker is not terribly well educated.

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  51. 52
    zieschlern

    What? I’m German and even I know half of those words!

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  52. 53
    kathy sokol

    I was also gonna add “betitted,” but how about “snacky
    ‘ or “wanty” when you’re not hungry but…….

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  53. Obviously you have to add bears and beets to your Battlestar Galactica for spellcheck to recognize it.

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  54. As if a computer program knows anything! Mona

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  55. Okay, some of these I can kind of understand, but weirdos? Roadkill? Chupacabra? Has spellcheck been living under a rock?

    Like

  56. Battlestar Galactica?!?! The reimagined series is my all time favorite show- so color me intrigued. 😉

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  57. 58
    Anonymous

    Can’t wait to read it just based on these words!

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  58. 59
    Shauna Petzold

    Reading this list just makes me more excited for the book to be released!

    Like

  59. Obviously because it’s “thingy”, no?

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  60. Spellcheck doesn’t recognize Canada Speak. Stick a ‘u’ in a word and watch Spellcheck have a hissy fit.

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    Ethel Mertz

    We use the word “crotchal” All. The. Time. Clearly that makes it a Real Word

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  62. Betitted will be the deciding factor- if spell check refuses that it is officially null and void. Your next project could be an updated spell check that is more comprehensive!

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  63. 64
    Anonymous

    Spell check is both janky and wronger. I’m an editor, and I always have a tab open to m-w.com, which tells me that “roadkill” IS a word. Because OF COURSE it is, stupid janky spell check.

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  64. Janky describes most of the joints in my body.

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  65. My dear, you are operating at an advanced author level. You must realize that simple machines enforcing convention cannot keep up with you.

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  66. If there is a “Roadkill” restaurant in southern Alabama, then it’s a real word, doggonit!

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  67. Those are all perfectly cromulent words!

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  68. 69
    Anonymous

    Bears.

    Beets.

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  69. Your spellcheck has clearly not read Tolkien – tricksy is used by Gollum. I would spell rigmarole like that, but rigamarole is a variant, I’m pretty sure the fault lies with the program, but can’t be bothered to check if the words are listed in dictionaries- I know them. They should really have someone with a decent vocabulary and/or imagination to sort out spellcheck, I nominate Jenny.

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  70. 71
    Anonymous

    Oh boy, now I REALLY can’t wait to read your book!

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  71. 72
    Anonymous

    can’t wait!

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  72. Surely, those are all words. (It might be “teats”?)

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  73. Is your book available for pre-order yet? Because I’m totally buying it. Even before I read these words I was buying it, but now I have to buy it JUST TO FIND THESE WORDS.

    (Not yet, but I’m close to being finished. ~ Jenny)

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  74. Betittied just missed the deadline for this book. Maybe next book, betittied.

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  75. I understand all of your words. They are now official.

    And the Uniroyal company will be interested that “Naugahyde” isn’t a legit word since they still manufacture it. Aligned with the Naugha hoax in the 60s when the manufacturer humorously claimed the material was made from the shed skins of an exotic animal by that name, Naugahyde maybe endangered since it’s made from leather.

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  76. Round Rock Chupacabras!

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    Micheline

    Those words are real words. Just ask Tolkien and Rowling .

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  78. I know of someone who once ordered a Chupacabra at a bar.
    She meant Cuba Libre.
    To the best of my recollection, the bar tender served her once he’d recovered, so chupacabra now has at least two meanings and should be recognized by spell checking software worldwide.

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  79. HEY! SPELLCHECK! knock knock mother fucker. We know you are trying your best to obfuscate, but we sesquipedalians will NOT BE DETERRED.
    so, nanny nanny boo boo

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  80. Pfft. Everyone knows “borked” is a state of mind/body/soul/car. Silly spell check.

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  81. Your spellcheck is totes broken! 😉

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  82. 83
    Johnnyboi

    You speak our language!

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  83. 84
    Kate George

    I use ninety percent of those words. Spellcheck can go bite me.

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  84. Janky has been around for at least as long as “Jeepers”

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  85. 86
    Anonymous

    I feel like “From Cootch to Chupacabra” is some sort of BuzzFeed article that needs writing. Not sure what all it may cover though . . .

    Liked by 2 people

  86. 87
    Anonymous

    I cannot wait to read this book!

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  87. 88
    Anonymous

    Ooooooh!! I can’t wait to read this book!!

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  88. Aside from capitalising Naugahyde (brand name), as an editor I see nothing untoward about this list. I would accept these words as author idiom.

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  89. 90
    Michele Karr

    Geas.

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  90. Jenni at comment #5 wins the internet today with Barbara from Colorado coming in a very close second. Actually I think everybody won especially you, Jenny!! 😂 And thingie is definitely spelled thingie

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  91. 92
    Simons Mith

    Clearly all those words are /too/ real for dictionaries.

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  92. 93
    Anonymous

    Spell check needs a lesson in words. This is blasphemy!! Battlestar Galactica is too a word!!

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  93. Crotchal region. I mean what else would you call it?

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  94. As an English teacher, I assure you that spell check is borked as well as janky. https://possumscatsthingsgnawingatme.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/the-wigglebothum/

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  95. 96
    Anonymous

    I sincerely hope that you will be using ‘betitted’ in there somewhere!

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  96. Where is betitted???

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  97. I’m now convinced to use your list of words at my next meeting with my manager when talking about my career aspirations in a vomity janky way.

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  98. 99
    @shthisisme

    Colliedogpress for president.

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  99. Steph Curry used Janky to describe a defensive move in a NBA finals game on National Television. Spell check is Janky!

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  100. 101
    Anonymous

    Shakespeare made up the word bedroom, and you’re like, way better than Shakespeare.

    Liked by 1 person

  101. 102
    Anonymous

    These are all absolutely real words.

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  102. Whose in charge of spellcheck? Because honestly. This is just monstrous.

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  103. 104
    Josiphine

    Your spell check sucks. When can we pre-order your next book?

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  104. 105
    mongoliamel

    I tried to use “foxen” in Scrabble the other day, and it wouldn’t take it.

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  105. BEST marketing ever! Now I have to read your next book!

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  106. 107
    theoriginalwordherder

    Imagine how spellcheck would have felt if Lewis Carroll were writing Jabberwocky today…

    MS Clippy would freeze, blip like it’s trying to function, and then fry the computer.

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  107. 108
    theoriginalwordherder

    P.S.
    As a professional search logic tuner who nerds out over data repositories, I can tell you that programs like Microsoft Word only have the most basic of dictionaries installed in their program software.
    – You can add words and make it “smarter,” though that gets tedious pretty quickly.
    – You can import a dictionary file (I THINK, but it’s late and I’m too tired to Google it))
    — Princeton’s WordNet is open source
    — The Getty Institute has three thesauri/controlled vocabularies of artists, place names, and art
    — The USGS has lots of data available, too

    …you know, if you’re bored some day or something. 😉

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  108. 109
    Anonymous

    Maybe spellcheck uses the same 6th grade (if we’re lucky) reading level as ye olde printed newspapers?

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  109. FOXEN IS TOTALLY A WORD! This has been previously discussed… here

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  110. All totally real. Maybe you should start the Bloggess Dictionary of Extraordinary Words 🙂 … or at the very least put a glossary at the end of the book, lol.

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  111. I thought it was crotchular, but maybe crotchal and crotchular are adjectives derived from the same word? My spellcheck doesn’t recognize either form. Spellcheck is a wanker.

    Seriously dying for a new book, but no pressure.

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  112. That is a great teaser for your book. I already wanted to read it, but now I want to read it MORE!

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  113. I think you just found the description for the back of the book once it’s published.

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  114. You need a better spellcheck!

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  115. Dickhole is totally a word. I used it every day, several times a day. it’s my go to word.

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    Catherine

    The only one I might agree with Spellcheck on is “crotchal.” I mean, we all know it’s “crotchical.” As in the time my son went camping and came home with crotchical ivy.

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  117. 118
    Laurelyn

    I’d tentatively back your spellcheck up on “teets,” unless it’s something other than “teats”?, and my preferred forms, for the zeroes of people thronging at my door, are “vomitous” (as in The Princess Bride, “you miserable vomitous mass,”) and “rigmarole.” Other than that, I say it’s totally borked. Could not be wronger. Update process is laggy as all get-out.

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  118. I always spell “Thingy” with a “Y”. Thingy. Grammarly agrees that this is fine. lol 🙂

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  119. I think your spell check needs to get out more.

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  120. Maybe not…but that’s definitely a book I want to read!!

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  121. My 16yr old son says all words are made up, ergo, now I have more words to add to my lexicon. You’re the best!

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  122. Spellcheck isn’t a word. Irony wins.

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  123. Better word for foxen is vulpine.

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  124. I call bullshit on the Otto Korrect Nazi!

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    Nancy L Perry

    If y’all tap the “incorrect “ word after you’ve written it but while it’s still in that little window, spellcheck will add it to its dictionary. I think.

    Like

  126. I use at least half those words with semi-regularity so spellcheck can bugger off!

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  127. i CANNOT wait to read this book.

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  128. Spellcheck…….BAH and fie on it!

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  129. It’s time for your spellcheck to up its game. Those are totes words. For realsies.

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  130. I think I’ve used all of those except crotchal. So spellcheck can bite it.

    On the other hand, my phone’s autocorrect keeps turning oof into pig, so if I accidentally call anyone a pig…sorry.

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  131. 132
    Shelley MacGregor

    The correct term, as spoken by my local weatherman, is “crotchatorial region”.

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  132. 133
    Anonymous

    You are our Shakespeare

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  133. 134
    Anonymous

    Just based on this list I CANNOT wait for your new book!!!!

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  134. 135
    Anonymous

    So many of those are totally legit words. Spellcheck sucks, tho’I believe it is “teats” rather than teets. Carry on. Use those words!

    Like

  135. I’m pretty sure Tolkien has Gollum say “Tricksy! False!” several times, and when did Lord of the Rings come out?

    But I thought weirdos had an e… weirdoes. Nope. Spellcheck fights it. You are, therefore, correct!

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  136. Here’s a word for you: crotchular. As in “Babe, you need to wash those pants. They smell pretty crotchular.”

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  137. 138
    Anonymous

    “Tricknology” is one worth adding to your book. I’m sure spell check won’t like it either.

    Liked by 1 person

  138. I use many of these words every day. I’m sure I’ve used every word before and will again. I love making up words. When my son was 3 he pronounced Avacado as Guavolado. 35 years later and that’s still what I call them. Chirmas Tree and bathketball.

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  139. Battlestar Galatica is only a word if preceded by “Bears” and “Beets”.

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  140. So, I thought that said, “Once it’s a book, it’s a real world.” And I loved it! I love what you wrote also. I really love what I thought it said though. And that brings me to your book shop. I am so very excited for you and really want to visit it! I hope AFP will come sing and Neil will read a story. And that you will read a story. And maybe your daughter can sing with AFP. And I hope your new big bear is there. These are the hopes and dreams. Also, I would like to get to be there! I have so much awesome old magic stuff that my grandpa has had since he was a little kid. He used to be the President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. And he knew David Copperfield and Doug Henning. And he knew Houdini’s brother and wife. And he was very good friends, at such a young age, with the original Blackstone. I have evidences of all of this. Maybe you’d be interested in having a cool item from his collection gifted to the bookshop? I need to open a magic museum, but don’t think that’s gonna happen… And books are magic! Because… once it’s a book, it’s a real world! Very excited for you!

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  141. 142
    Anthropologal

    Make sure you include “betitted” please.

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  142. book or paper is the rule i’ve always used, especially during my master of arts in english program. if that helps. and yes i got the degree 😉

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  143. Spell check is the devils tool!

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  144. Naughahyde is a trademark… originally made in Naugatuck Connecticut. Been there!

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  145. Spell check is annoying that way. They seem like perfectly acceptable words to me.

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  146. Foxen foxen foxen!

    Liked by 1 person

  147. 148
    Rebecca Rundle

    I am waiting so patiently for your next book! Yeah, right!

    This list is a fun and smiiey tease.

    VERY EXCITED!

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