I had a very stressful evening so to distract myself (and play with my new pen, a fine nib charcoal black Lamy Safari, which is amazing and which I think I'll review soon) I started playing a game, that's a ton of fun, if you're a huge nerd.
First, you write the alphabet down the side of a piece of paper. Then, you make up plausible-sounding words for all of them. You're going for things that aren't words, but sound like they could be. Then, you google all of them to find out how well you did at actually making up new words.
I got as far as googling "G" before I remembered that I hadn't blogged, and here's what I've got so far:
- Adrivant is someone's username.
- Bosquire is a misspelling of a French surname, Bosquier.
- Crainery appears to be either a first name or a last name.
- Dinfaile is a fake word.
- Edile means building or construction in Italian, or is an alternate spelling of Aedile, an ancient Roman word for an inspector of buildings.
- Finoil is a fake word, I think: a result for words in Hindi came up, but when I clicked it it showed me a page that had autocorrected to Final.
- Gosper is a surname.
Once you get to the end of the sheet, you go back and come up with definitions for all the words that were actually fake. Then, you put them in a file and save them for when you're writing fantasy and science fiction stories.
I may report back tomorrow on what fake words I come up with.