Month: April 2018

Verbal Enrichment

discombobulate (v.) 1834, American English, fanciful mock-Latin coinage of a type popular then (originally discombobricate). Compare, on a similar pattern, confusticate (1852), absquatulate (1840), spifflicate “confound, beat” (1850), scrumplicate “eat” (1890). Related: discombobulating; discombobulation. I say we need to bring back¬†spifflicate and¬†scrumplicate. Especially scrumplicate….