To Gingst or not to Gingst
Word verifications is a topic that has been screaming at me to address. It all began when I first started visiting Ess Stauss’s site, where she asks to be kept appraised of the more unique verification words (which shall be heretofore referred to as vw’s) we encounter. I bet she has a nice cache of collectible vw’s. Personally, I am still pondering the eternal question of why this process is necessary.
Bear with me, if I am the only person who does not understand how “spam,” which I thought meant unwelcome e-mails, has anything to do with blogs. Why would a company want to thrust its message into people’s private space, when such an intrusion would be met with understandable resistance? More pertinently, why do the vw’s have to be so doggone challenging?
I almost never penetrate the wall the first time through. I can not differentiate between lower case l’s and capital I’s. See, I bet that was confusing; maybe I should have typed (word-processed?) the difference between lower case L’s and Upper Case i’s. Frequently, I have to try three times to leave a comment. But I persevere, because that’s just the kind of guy I am.
Often it is not the word itself, but the timing. My best, hands down, but one I was understandably hesitant to share, came after posting a comment on a heart-wrenching piece of writing about the complexities of alcohol addiction. My vw? “stoli.” I can’t make this stuff up; I’m not that creative.
After reading about a piece in which there was great bustling and industry described, my vw was buslbisy. I would have settled for busl or bisy, and I got them both. Another thing I like to do, is either pose or answer rhetorical questions that I have formed from hyphenating two words. “I got the word togingst.” I immediately thought, “To gingst, or not to gingst, that is the question. The beauty lies in attaching any definition to “gingst” that I want. Today “gingst” happens to be, “aimlessly pursue any course of action that I choose, so long as I do not leave my folding chair by the kitchen fire.” So I have been gingsting for the past three hours, thank you very much.
When I encountered “scrubbl,” I immediately pictured a team of medical personnel, sitting around in their scrubs, playing Scrabble.
It is an entertaining game for a guy who is fascinated with words, because I am not bound by dictionary or thesaurus. I enjoy my encounters with this new form of entertainment and look forward to future revelations by Ess Stauss, something along the lines of “greatest hits,” or even different categories, from most original, to most timely.
Maybe we should organize a vw olympics, where we compete for “best of” categories. “Please submit your entry by no later than...in order to qualify for this years’s cherished vw awards.”
Winners to be announced April First.