Coinkydink and picture-skew

Perhaps we don’t get enough fun in the way we use words these days. Here are two nice examples of jazzing up the way we say longer more sober sounding words.


Coinkydink I heard this word the other day for the first time in years. A fun slang way to say coincidence. It also qualifies as a malapropism (unintentional comic misuse of a word). Apparently it dates back to the 1950’s and could be seen from time to time coming out of the mouths of TV characters.

What a coinkydink! They both went to the same primary school!

 Picture-skew Another play on words as a version of picturesque. Sometimes written in the alternative version too!


We spent the weekend in a village on the shores of Lake Lugano. Very picture-skew indeed!


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