Thursday, April 5, 2012

Know the Signs: Erklings

An erkling is an angry elf who eats children.  The word "erkling" was also one of Straight Face's vocabulary words a few weeks ago.  I don't know what kind of school she is attending, but the teacher who assigned out the word "erkling" gets two thumbs up from me.

You may be an erkling if you are very short, warty and have an undeniable craving for children.  Or, you may be a serial killer and a cannibal, and if that's the case, thank you for reading, and please move along.  We don't need your brand of crazy here.

What was the craziest vocabulary word you ever learned in school?

32 comments:

  1. I vaguely remember that there was a vocabulary class in grade school, but gosh, it seems I've forgotten all I learned.
    This is the first I've heard of erklings. Good to know.

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    1. Beware, Rubye!!! They are probably everywhere.

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  2. The only impressive word I remember is the dictionaries longest word..... disestablishmentarianism. (but you probably already knew that one huh?)

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    1. My favorite is ANTIdisestablishmentarianism. :) Just because I like to stick it to the Man....

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  3. I love that word! I can't remember the vast majority of what I learned in school (it's been a l-o-n-g time), but I do recall learning the word ENNUI in 11th grade. How appropriate that it starts with E, and that it in no way relates to your post. Enjoyed the read!

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    1. I love ennui too! My daughter and I were thinking that would have made a cool "e" post too...

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  4. Glad to read they still teach Vocabulary in school. I remember the spelling bees, lining up and spelling until you missed a word. Never heard of an Erkling, and hope they stay away from my Grandchildren too. The spell check says it is mis-spelled, LOL

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    1. My spell check said it was wrong too--but what does it know!? ;)

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  5. Hi, the closest to that word that I know is Urkle (as in Steve) of the tevee show several years ago. But he was a character with a sweet and caring soul. Thanks for the interesting post. Ruby

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  6. I have got to figure out a way to use that in a sentence. Love it! :)

    Happy A-Z!

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    1. I know! I'm going to see if I can figure out a way to use it at a staff meeting...:)

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  7. WOW! I learned something new today ... thanks!! haha.

    I'm a new follower from the AtoZ challenge - nice to meet you!

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    1. Hi Margo! Nice to meet you too!!

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  8. I remember learning 'soodle' which means a leisurely walk. I like erkling though - will put that in my list of words to insert into random conversations...

    I found you through the A to Z - good luck!

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    1. I like 'soodle' so much that I'm going to go on a soodle right now...:)
      Happy A to Z!

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  9. I googled it (not because I doubted you, but because I needed more info, and hopefully a pic!) Hmmm, I have no recollection of vocab from school...so many other terribly important things have crowded out the memories. :)

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    1. I didn't even google it--I took my daughter at her word, which could be a mistake...what did you find? :)

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    2. Well, eventhugh a thorough listing of Erklings were displayed, google asked me if I meant to search for elkings...and those were nowhere near as fun! Just as you described with a hobbit like looking if in images

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  10. "Specious". It means to have the ring of truth but be essentially, false.

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  11. I didn't learn any great ones in school but did on a blog last week...exhaustergasted. Yep, most of the time I am exhaustergasted.

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  12. You made me laugh so loud! As a former English teacher, I have a plethora of vocab that always seemed to discombobulate my students. My favorite was snarky.

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  13. whew, thank goodness I'm NOT and ERKLING...I don't have cravings for children;l whew! very interesting word!

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  14. Love this word, I love words, what if erklings were real?

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  15. Max had "dude" and "scrimshaw" on his 2nd grade spelling tests this past month :)

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  16. LOL - what a great word!
    Happy A to Z-ing :)

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  17. I don't recall really strange words from school when was growing up. But I seem to run into a lot of them in my ethics work up at the university. Mostly technical polysyllables. But nothing related to Erklings.

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  18. LOL! Glad I stumbled on this kooky blog!


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  19. I'm 5'2". My kids will swear I'm about to eat them when I'm mad (or at least bite their heads off...). Coincidence? Hmmmm. LOL

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  20. I have never heard of that word. :) How funny! Love your comment at the end. :) Lynn from Good Things Happened - thank you for stopping by and happy A to Z-ing.

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  21. Ha! Reminds me of the old lady in Hansel and Gretel. Or Baba Yaga.

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  22. I love it! I have to wonder about that teacher though - is that passive-aggressive? Anyway, thanks for the great new vocabulary word. Happy we found each other through A-Z challenge.

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