Saturday, July 07, 2007

Pure fun

Every great once in a while, (as in -- maybe once a year!) various family members gather around our table for a rousing game of "Balderdash." Given an unheard of word, it is amazing to find out what creative, ingenious, and crazy definitions the human mind can come up with in a relatively short time.

To test your word skills (and add a little humor!) I've posted just a few of the samplings...anyone care to guess the correct meanings?! (or who wrote the incorrect ones? [grin])




:enmesh:

-- a sea plant that grows in the Indian ocean
--when one hosts a party, wherein the invited people are from various nationalities
--to mold a roman candle holder
--to take something from a mashed state and make it solid again
--to net, entangle or to entrap



:rebeck:

--tardy, late, to go somewhere
--the repeating of calling out, as in beckoning someone more than once
--a club that is used over in Africa to beat grain
--a frog in South Africa whose skin is covered in red warts
--a three sting violin, not much used
--the happenings surrounding the time when the House of Represenativeves and the Senate attempt to change a bill that was vetoed from the presidend of the USA
--a small island off the coast of South America that is always bearing fruit


:abib:

--a way to cool iron so as to make it soft
--to agree to something requested of one
--the first month in the Jewish calender
--a hand knitted tablecloth made in the late 1800's
--to be extremely frustrated



:nomenclature:

--the disease in which you toenails fall out due to lack of calcium
--when one's case is sentenced by a judge, only to have the defendant take his case to a higher court
--a list of the more important and unusual words in a language
--an overweight Norwegian matchmaker who always dresses in silk and rides a cart pulled by goats


:frump:

--a tool people use to tighten the cinch for a camel saddle
--an overcoat worn to protect Andorran soldiers escape rat bites on cold December mornings
--an attitude that was supposedly put on by ladies of the upper class during the Victorian Era
--to insult, a joke
--excess weight carried on the hips of women past 50
--a crotchety old person who is in the habit of saving all their aluminum foil

14 comments:

Kris said...

enmesh - to entangle or to trap.
rebeck - a club to beat grain?
abib - the first month in the jewish calender... did you know it is also the 7th month in the hebrew calender?
nomenclature - I have no clue but i bet Stephen guessed the last one about the Norwegian matchmakers... am i right?
Frump - I think it is a one about the old person that saves all the aluminum foil. But I am not sure.

It sounds like a fun game, I don't think i would be very good... but it would be fun to hear what everyone comes up with! :}

Tabby said...

I thought I had the 1st comment but ya beat me Kris! :)

I love this game! only we call it "The Dictionary game" (how original I know!)

I just had to laugh at some of them!!

--an overweight Norwegian matchmaker who always dresses in silk and rides a cart pulled by goats
--excess weight carried on the hips of women past 50
--a crotchety old person who is in the habit of saving all their aluminum foil

LOL

If the aluminum foil one isn't the right definition I"m guessing Andrew or Josiah?

We should play at camp next year!!

Kori said...

an overweight Norwegian matchmaker who always dresses in silk and rides a cart pulled by goats....

HAHAHAHAHA That defiantly was the greatest one! hmmm I wonder what creative mind could have come up with that one... :) I won't give away the secret!

Phillip N said...

Ever heard of binomial nomenclature? By the way, I thought part of the game was to try to make the false definitions believable (smile). Some very creative definitions. 'tis a fun game indeed.

jooploop said...

nomenclature
is the more specific or scientific name of something. i think.lol

Anonymous said...

bethany-
this is our families all time favorite game! we usually laugh until our sides hurt at some of the definitions people come up with.
fun post! tiff

~Dustynne Noelle said...

Hi Bethany! Our family really enjoys this game too, except we call it Fictionary! LOL!
Great, great post!

Jacob said...

Doesn't everybody know these words? :D Maybe this isn't fair-- I have been know to read the dictionary for fun in my spare time.

I must agree that balderdash is entertaining, though. Some of these definitions weren't perfect, but I picked the closest to the real thing that was available.

:enmesh:
--to net, entangle or to entrap

:abib:
--the first month in the Jewish calender

:nomenclature:
--a list of the more important and unusual words in a language

:frump:
--an attitude that was supposedly put on by ladies of the upper class during the Victorian Era

And the only one I had to guess on:
:rebeck:
--tardy, late, to go somewhere

Fun post idea! Peace. --Jacob

A HEART OF PRAISE said...

I've never heard of this game before, it sounds really fun. :) I love learning the definitions of words I don't know. :) Great post.

Gem said...

I haven't heard of this game either!! It must be lots of fun, see if I can get my family to play it!! *Giggles

Anonymous said...

I love Balderdash! I think know the answer to 'frump': excess weight carried on the hips of women past 50

ruby13

Ben said...

Balderdash is about anually for us too (unfortunately!)
Do y'all play with bluffing? (picking your own definition)
And after all, who did end up winning?!

Melanie said...

Oh my word! These are great. I was laughing out loud in here. You guys are too funny!

Bethany said...

For those wathcing to find out the real answers.......drum roll.....

::enmesh::to net, entangle or to entrap

::rebeck::a three sting violin, not much used

::abib::the first month in the Jewish calender

::nomenclature:: list of the more important and unusual words in a language

::frump::to insult, a joke


There you have it! The real answers according to Webster's dictionary of 1828.

And Andrew came up with the overweight Norwegian matchmaker, and yours truly did the crochety old person who collects all her aluminum foil. It is definily a fun game!! Be prepared to laugh if you play with us!