Word Ways

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Split Wit Definitives


Howard Richler


The following is an outgrowth of two articles I wrote for National Lampoon in 1990 entitled "Split Definitive". It was thus titled because it featured word definitions that depend upon the splitting of words to effect the definitions. For example, romantic was defined as "Conturion's twitch" because it can be divided into Roman and tic. Similarly, heathen was defined as "barbecued chicken" and it breaks down into heat and hen.