Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM.

This was the day Jerry uttered a word that I will never forget.

Jerry responded to my question. He said, “You ought to check the moosealineous section in the newspaper.” He meant “miscellaneous,” but just couldn’t pull it out at the time – so he said something close to it. He didn’t laugh, make note of not knowing the word or even hesitate.

I didn’t laugh, correct him or hesitate to tell him, “That’s a great idea.”

This word will always be in my vocabulary and I know the proper emphasis to put on “moose” when saying it. It makes me think of Jerry and Captain Kangaroo’s “Mr. Moose.” It’s a happy word.

 There are many words out there that folks just plain make up.

Rich Hall, a comedian who was on the HBO show, “Not Necessarily the News” in the 1980’s had a part on the show where he discussed “sniglets.” A sniglet is “any word that doesn't appear in the dictionary, but should.”

Some of my favorite sniglets from then and now…

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