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  • verb transitive, Scotland, Northern England, rare, said especially of frogs and toads To strike and cause to fly in the air.


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  • To throw or jerk violently--specifically, to cause to fly into the air, as with a toad or frog.

    I'm not kidding. There's actually a *word* for this. Who writes this stuff?

    February 23, 2007

  • There ought to be a list somewhere for words with -ngh- in them.

    This is truly weird.

    February 23, 2007

  • Say, chained_bear--I think you ought to start one.

    February 23, 2007

  • This just sounds like a word that was made up by a couple of bored linguistics grad students on a slow day at the office.

    What if I cause my peanut butter and jelly sanghwhich to fly into the air. Is there a special word for that? Does it matter if the PB is smooth or crunchy? What about frog spraints? Or maybe I mean frog frass.

    March 26, 2008

  • Ooh! Ooh! Words for my Excrement list! Oh. They're already there.

    Hm. Maybe I *will* make a -ngh- list. But first I have to finish the last 1.5 O'Brian thingies.

    March 26, 2008

  • Oh, I just wrote down all the words I could think of for an -ngh- list. Maybe we could do it together, c-b?

    March 26, 2008

  • Sionnach, I think you'd have a PB&J spanghwich if you were to cause it to fly into the air.

    I do love this word. :-D

    March 26, 2008

  • Oh no, sionnach, by all means. Go ahead. Though that public list feature is a daisy, if you were so inclined.

    March 27, 2008

  • Spanghew – to cause (esp. a toad or frog) to fly into the air off the end of a stick. (In northern and Scottish use.) Why? Well, all one has to do is imagine the myriad situations in which one might use this word.

    (Michael Everson, Ireland)

    October 15, 2008

  • Right, this goes in my Frogapplause Toolbox.

    October 15, 2008

  • This definition seemingly does not mention frogs or toads.

    February 9, 2019