Wondrous Words Wednesday: slang

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!

My words for this week come from an article by Micheal Adams about slang on the OUP blog.


Within your gang, when someone accipurpodentally twists the forms of words, or takes hairpin conversational turns that keep meaning on the down low, everyone else in the group gets it.

accipurpodentally: n. accidentally on purpose, when you meant to do something but pretend you really didn’t.
*This definition comes from Slangvocabulary.com

Isn’t this word just absolutely funny?


At least some of the time, you want to be fly, and that’s where slang comes in.

fly: adj. informal 1 Brit. knowing and clever; worldly-wise 2 N. Amer. stylish and fashionable.

Or, as another website put it: be fly=be cool


(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)


4 comments on “Wondrous Words Wednesday: slang

  1. We used to say accidentally on purpose all the time – I never realized there was a slang word combining the two. I can use that one! There was a popular song with fly in it when my son was in high school so I knew that one. Thanks for playing along!

  2. I like the term accidentally on purpose too, but have never seen a contraction. I knew the song too, Pretty Fly (for a White Guy), so was aware of the American usage.

  3. Thank you. Oh, and while I was looking for the definition of accipurpodentally, I came across another version of it, accipurposefully — but I like the first better 🙂

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