She likes creatures. And comfort. Seriously. She suggested we indulge in them, told us to “write about something simple that gives [us] comfort.” I couldn’t think of anything comforting that had creatures in it. So… I went for a tanka piece that explores some of my favorite things to play with, when distraction is desired: weird words, wordplay… I hope it gives you a giggle or 3. It gave me multiples. I’m freakishly lucky like that. 😉


I delight in tongues
full of strange and stirring
words that mind-tickle.
Manustupration is good,
nature’s first chirogymnast.

the wee notes…
Manustupration: an archaic (and wholly cool) word for masturbation.
Chirogymnast: a mechanical contrivance for exercising the fingers of a pianist.
– Linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Creature Comforts.

from Mrs. Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words

39 thoughts on “Mind-Tickle

  1. Right from the intro I started laughing, because I could see the general direction you were going in. By the end I was shaking, with tears rolling, trying to control my laughter so it doesn’t wake up the rest of my family. This was such a pleasure to read. 😀

  2. It’s funny, I have been thinking alot about comfort the last few days. I am still seriously bad at finding it, worries always get the upper hand. Maybe I’ll get another cat, continue down the road to crazyhood.

  3. Cackles…but also wondering about the significance of the hammer on the rug? LOL. LOVE the unusual words, and cant believe I never came across the book you reference whose title alone is worth the read. Smiles. You are too much fun!

    • I was introduced to the book, just a few weeks ago, by a friend of my Piano Man’s parents. I love it so much. I can’t read it without laughing aloud every few minutes.

      And the hammer is just a hammer. I love hammers, the way the can build and destroy things… 😉

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