There I was, putzing on the Internet as The Hubby played his game online (yes, we believe in spending quality time together!). As one often does, I was reading the dictionary online. What - don't you do that? Oh, well...anyway, technically it wasn't the dictionary but the dictionary newsletter, which is just as interesting as the dictionary - but shorter.
So I'm cruising around the newsletter and found Word History of the Month. In doing so, I have gained a new vocabulary word - Sardoodledom. What is Sardoodledom, you may ask? (Spellchecker is asking, because it wants me to change Sardoodledom to sardonically - not exactly a ringing endorsement for the accuracy of spellchecker!). Well, Sardoodledom refers to "mechanically contrived plot structure and stereotyped or unrealistic
characterization in drama" and is a blend of the last name of
19th-century French playwright Victorien Sardou, who was famously criticized by George Bernard Shaw for the staginess of his plays, and English
doodle, plus the suffix "-dom."
I'd say this is a great word to know. And for you writers, to avoid.
Don't come down with a case of the Sardoodledoms...it could be contagious!