Word Wars Contest

Nothing tickles my funny bone more when commenting on a blog than verifying that I am a real person.  Apparently nobody likes spam.  What makes me laugh are the nonsensical words I must retype to acknowledge that I am, indeed, commenting with a fully functioning brain inside my head.

Yet, they couldn’t be more wrong.

Because I easily see something that isn’t supposed to be there.  It’s a bit like cloud gazing where some kind of animal is waiting in the sky to be spotted by the more whimsical of the world.

So, inspired by my imagination and a plethora of uselessly hilarious words, I present Word Wars: the contest. 

If you feel inclined to participate, define any or all of the words listed below in a comment.  A panel of judges (check out my family if you’d like to see them) will vote on the ones that tickle their funny bones.  I’ll try not to let the dog vote, as she’s only interested in food. 

Winners will be posted for the cyber world to enjoy. 

For your efforts, I will atribute each “winning” definition with a link to the author’s blog, website or another cyber way-stop of their choice.  (That is appropriate for my eyes.)

Definitions will be accepted through 8:00pm Monday and will be posted on Tuesday.


  1. lesberri
  2. kannini
  3. tregic
  4. samels
  5. cowpari

As a bonus, please share your funniest word verification words along with your personal defintitions.  The one that tickles my tweeter the most will recieve a copy of Lynn Price’s The Writer’s Essential Tackle Box. 

Spread the word and it will spread the joy! 

20 responses to “Word Wars Contest

  1. Great idea, Cat! These words always do make me laugh. This should be fun 🙂

  2. I don’t know what twitter is: I have a disposal cell that is only able to do a few things beyond calling. Here is my definitions:

    Lesberri: the technique of burying the body before someone finds the culprit and connects the evidence with his crime

    kannini: The question whether you are allowed to eat at this time

    Tregic: the quality of a tree no longer inanimate felled in a storm causing major damage

    samels: someone who smells the same all the time and is able to be identified by their particular oder

    cowpan: someone who is obese whose work as a writer is panned when a picture was enclosed with his/her manuscript: a tragic story

    • Siggy,

      I don’t know if you are missing much without the entire cyber package. Sometimes I think it is easy to get a) sidetracked and b) lost because of it.

      I love your words, particularly samels. Your imagination is delightful.


    lesberri- a delectable treat that feels it’s not quite sweet enough to be a blueberry or a raspberry but a lesberri….awhhh!
    kannini-a fluid-filled cyst found in the folds of an obese mobster. Don’t bust my kannini!
    tregic-the state of being sucked into a couch and spit out the other side in to a magical world. I went tregicing and found The Land of Zoozula.
    samels-itchy, red pustules found on one’s inner thigh from too much friction. She has a bad case of the samels.
    cowpari-the language of cows- Moo means “hello” in cowpari.

  4. jmartinlibrarian

    lesberri – a lingonberry cocktail popular at particular bars.

    kannini – a toasted flatbread sandwich made with kangaroo meat. Kanninis are outlawed in 63 countries, but Williams & Sonoma secretly crafts a wildly popular Kannini iron made especially for the black market.

    tregic – when one of Scarlet Whisper’s strategic plans goes awry, the result is “tregic”.

    samels – samels are a type of open toed footwear marketed by the makers of the snuggee. These wedged slip on sandles are lined with hand combed camel fur.

    cowpari – is a spicy, bitter alcoholic Italian drink infused with the blood of angus bovine. Cowpari’s marketing campaign has been very successful in the vampire niche market.

  5. This is hard, but fun! Like playing Balderdash, which I’ve only done once.

    1. lesberri: the smoothie flavor preferred by 8 out of 10 women in East Portland.
    2. kannini: the sound a car makes when it’s trying to start but can’t quite turn over. kanninikanninikanninikannini
    3. tregic: the sticky stuff that gets all over your hands when you climb a tree.
    4.samels: best friends who always dress the same and act the same and sound the same. As in, “She’s my samel”, a “They’re a pair of samels”.
    5.cowpari: a cut of women’s pants that is very unflattering.

    one of the more memorable word verifications I saw recently was “mudgin”, which to me sounds like a small, ficitonal amphibious creature from The Chronicles of Narnia.

    • Michelle,

      I love Balderdash. DH’s family doesn’t like playing with me, because I sometimes know the answers.

      I think I just went back to middle-school with your samels. They would never be caught dead wearing cowparis.

  6. Fun!

    1) lesberri – artificial berry flavoring for those who are allergic to strawberries or other berries, but still want the flavor. (completely organic, hypoallergenic, gluten and sugar free.)

    2) kannini – emotional fit of apocalyptic proportions; the odds of death at the hands of the person having the kannini is 99.9%.

    3) tregic – the latest in tween slang. (Pronounced like tres chic.) “Did you see that? It was soooo tre-gic!”

    4) Samels – the word that caused Eddie’s Used Camel Lot to go out of business. He wanted a sign that said “Sale! Used Camels Cheap!” The sign maker screwed up and sent him one that read “Samels! On Sail Cheep!”

    5) Cowpari – The latest style on the French Riviera for cows. Cowpari pants are all the rage for bovines.

    6) mudgin – very old recipe for alcohol as transcribed on the back of the Rosetta stone. Apparently the recipe was followed by colorful cursing from the scribe who had to write the same things three damned times.

  7. Haven’t had time to read the others – hope I don’t duplicate!

    lesberri – Cap’n Crunch’s newest flavor, due to economic conditions.

    kannini! – The sound you make when someone in the kitchen turns on the dishwasher and you are in the shower.

    tregic – Three catastrophes at the same time.

    samels – The opposite of differentls.

    cowpari – When a dairy farmer milks two cows at once.

    • Layinda,

      LOL! I would love to oeat some new Cap’n Crunch. Lesberri sounds yummy! And I totally relate to the kannini! But growing up we didn’t have a dishwasher, so it was whenever the toilet flushed.

  8. Okay, here are mine! (I have had some weird word verifications, but I can’t recall them at the moment.)

    1. lesberri: A berry that is does not require pollen distribution for reproduction.
    2. kannini: A close cousin of the pannini, only thicker.
    3. tregic: Poor tread on one’s snow tires. As in, You need new tires, those are tregic.
    4. samels: Sandals for camels so they don’t burn their feet in the desert.
    5. cowpari: A kung fu move crossed with a fencing move for bovines.

    I just went and read other’s definitions–I didn’t want to taint my definitions. Seems like some of send our mind to the same strange far reaches of word-association. Awesome!

    That was fun, Cate.

    • LOL, Jean.

      I love your assexual hermaphroditic berries. Maybe they are found in the same vicinity as tregic snow tires–something to do with the cold and all…

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