Boration, n., uninteresting and usually lengthy speechifying; also borator, for one so engaged
Borate, vt., the act of boring someone through uninteresting and lengthy speechifying; as in, “I don’t know what Joe was thinking. He borated the entire conference. They’ll never ask him back now!”
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Finally, this year I’m ready for the Washington Post’s contest. You know the one. You get the contest results in your email, oh, every year or so: new words created by clever contestants by adding, deleting, or changing one letter in an existing word.
Well, not new words, exactly – the same list just recirculates, year after year. Boo.
If you, like me, are distressed by this news, there are two options for you to consider:
- Submit the word you’ve been crafting (don’t be taking “boration” – that’s mine) to the WPM Invitational here. This site is run by some folks who thought that if this contest didn’t actually exist on an ongoing basis, then it should.
- Enter the Washington Post’s weekly contest, with new challenges every, well, week.
And if, on a Friday afternoon, you really need something significant to consider beyond, you know, the first weekend of summer, then again, you have two options:
- Reflect on the larger meaning of the WPM Invitational site – as Gandhi said . . .
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
- Reflect on why my subconscious might have offered up “boration” just a few months before the debates in the federal elections, but take heart from what Sir Walter Scott said . . .
“But it’s an ill wind blaws naebody gude.” Rob Roy