Wordplay #25 Yegg
yegg> burgler, especially a safe cracker (slang)
Had to laugh, she was a word yegg.
Each day, cracking open safe
of common dictionary, finding,
then stealing away to explore
and use the treasures to be had there.
Elizabeth Crawford 5/26/11
Note: Tomorrow will be the last Wordplay. I’ve made it through the alphabet from a to tomorrow’s z, finding new words and using them to express some thoughts about writing and the writing life. However, this morning, I found something interesting in the y section of the dictionary. There are an incredible number of words, beginning with that letter, used to express how we speak and use the human voice: yabber, yak or yacking, yammer, yap, yatter, yaup or yawp, yell, yelp, yes man, yikes, yip, yipe, and yodel, to name just a few. And each one of them could easily be used to express a different aspect of what we do when we write. The dictionary is actually a lot of fun.