Abboism #32: Inctum

June 17, 2014 in Abboism by

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Abboism of the Week: Inctum

Inctum– n.

Definition: a bird making an inordinate amount of racket.

Origin:  Pop

Synonym: None (and not to be confused with ol’ Inky, whom I’ll define next week)

Can you use it in a sentence?

I’ve had a hard time getting any sleep in the last week or so because of an ol’ inctum that’s decided to nest in the tree right outside my bedroom window.

Note: Sometimes an ol’ inctum is indicating that a snake is nearby. Head on a swivel.

Owning Inctum

Supposedly, you have to use a word or phrase three times before you “own it.”  Feel free to incorporate Abboisms like like inctum into your own vernacular.  Use it three times and it’s yours.
Thanks for reading.
For the next generation,
Al Ainsworth

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