Let’s have a bit of fun!
Enter for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card + more!
Degenerate Dictionary stemmed from a party game Jessica Bell’s parents used to play when she was a kid. Her mother and her best friend had so much fun thinking of funny definitions to regular words that they began to write them down. Unfortunately, that little maroon notebook got lost.
But Jessica remembered a couple:
ARSENIC: A cut on the bum.
PROPAGANDA: Having a good look.
In 2013, she began posting these quirky, idiosyncratic, new definitions of familiar words on Twitter and Facebook with the hash tag #Jessicasdictionary.
I soon chimed in with some of my own:
QUOTIDIAN: one who exclusively uses sayings, proverbs & maxims to update social media status
DIPTHONG: putting your toe into a pool or other body of water to test its temperature
The exchange went back and forth over a few days until Jessica emailed me. The gist of the message was: Would you like to write a dictionary with me?
Me: *brief pause* Yeah!
And so, what once was a party game played by Jessica’s muso parents in the 80s, then became #Jessicasdictionary almost 35 years later, and is now called Degenerate Dictionary and will soon become a BOOK.
Perfect for every school *cough* classroom *cough*. (I am so giving away a class set to my senior English class).
So what’s the GIVEAWAY?
The launch of this project is going great. So Jessica Bell and I are celebrating the speedy progress of Degenerate Dictionary. And we are giving away TWO $20 Amazon gift cards.
Good luck! Please spread the word!