Monday, April 04, 2005

Best Word Ever

So while listening to NPR this weekend, I found out about a totally kick-ass word: ucalegon (you-cal-a-gone). Not only is this word just as much fun to say as callipygious, but it's even more specific: it means "a neighbor whose house is on fire."

Whereas it's useful for speculating whether or not you would help a ucalegon if your own house were on fire, I challenge you to remember to use it if your neighbor's house actually were on fire. I bet you would forget. And not because you're forgetful, but just because the situation would be very stressful.