November 17, 2010


You’d think the skies over a metropolis like New York would have dozens of
aircraft floating by at any given moment, on orderly tracks like those in science
fiction movies depicting an agreeably urbanized future. When I lived in
Manhattan, I’d look up occasionally and see some solitary plane fly by overhead
once in a while. The sky is huge.

I drive the Florida interior now and again, on back roads less traveled, en route
to a city or remote state park. I was always amazed, especially during the height
of the development frenzy, at how much undeveloped land I saw, vast stretches
of subtropical topography that will probably be waterfront property some day.

If you’ve played Boggle, you’ve come to realize that there are countless words
that don’t exist, have never existed, but should by now. There’s a vast
undeveloped philological world out there. Here are a few examples, along with
their proposed meanings, each of which has been carefully verified for non-

ancid - beyond rancid; no longer rancid

brif - shorter than brief

clost - a creepy fog, believed to harbor demons

dadder - paternal dandruff

flove - a fancy glove worn on special occasions

gludge - the gummy concentrate that collects around the rim of a ketchup bottle or mustard jar

nise - a nice nose

pelva - all things pelvic

sania - pathological sanity; a saniac

scoat - a juvenile scapegoat

zatin - a synthetic luxury fabric

Bogglelogogenesis studies is a new field with many as yet undefined parameters
and a rich deposit of undiscovered samples. I will return with new findings...