During a recent downtime discussion at work, a co-worker asked me how many languages I actually speak. Though the answer is two (English and Gibberish), she believed that it was more because of my successful answers during daily viewings of quiz shows, my ability to pronounce certain specialized terms that pop up in our daily work, and her mistaken belief that the word ‘Frammistat’ was actually German. In reality, I have sufficient command of Spanish to get arrested, a tiny bit of semi-conversational Japanese, a very rudimentary chunk of Latin (thanks to a school-teacher grandmother) and know exactly one sentence in German. Of course, given that English absorbs words the way that I absorb quotes from ‘Real Genius,’ there are a great many foreign-sounding words and phrases that occasionally pop up in my speech patterns, as well as some entirely fabricated words and other such frammistattery.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced “ha-da-ka”) has that certain je ne sais quoi, asking: What is your favorite made-up, nonsense or place-holder word?