Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Word of the Week

Here's an interesting word suggested by my little brother.  By the way, once you're a little brother, you're always a little brother...no matter how many doctorates you collect.  So there!

I like his style...being a polack as well, the verb form of this word can come in handy for every day life.

tump: v. to bump or knock (usually with over)

               n. a small mound; a clump of trees, shrubs, or grass.

How the word has such very different meanings, I have no idea.  Does that stop us from using it?  Not one bit.  Let's try this out in every day life...

The tired toddler followed her mother moaning for a full fifty minutes during the dinner preparation, despite the mother's unfortunate habit of tumping into her every couple of steps.

(In case you were wondering, yes, this did happen to me last night...)

The dinner party was ruined when the zarf-like guest tumped the punch pitcher over onto the leg of lamb.  His rival watched the public example of clumsiness with schadenfreude

 (Yes!  Extra points for me for using three vocabulary words in the same...uh...two sentences.  I tried for one but it wasn't meant to be.  That would have been triple points...but who's keeping track anyway?)

The terrific athletic teen trotted to the top of the towering tump before tumbling down, to his trepidation.  

All right, give it a try...alliteration or not, I'll love reading your sample sentences! 


  1. The tired mother tumped over the tump of earth. Unfortunately...that could happen today. I'm having another cup of caffeine even as we speak!!

  2. My hips are growing and I find that I am constantly backing into things and tumping them over.

  3. The toddler traveled to the tump of trees for "relief" when he thought no one was looking.