During a downtime discussion at work, a co-worker asked me how many languages I actually speak.  Though the answer is one, if you mean fluently, 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 rude 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 nonsense words and phrases that occasionally pop up in my speech patterns, as well as some entirely fabricated words and other such frammistattery, leading to today’s hoopy frood query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has that certain je ne sais quoi, asking: What is your favorite made-up, place-holder or nonsense word?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. It’s kind of related to your pic, ‘Krack-o-Doom’ , or something like that. It conveys that something really bad just happened.

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