In Cheesie Mack Is Not a Genius or Anything, I described our fifth-grade graduation party (which was entirely fun, except for Goon’s massive interference…). One of the things I wrote was:

I took a huge running start, then scoogled (this is my made-up word . . . it is a combination of scoot and wiggle) on the Slip ’N Slide and skivolvunged butt-first into the dirt, which was actually mud.

And then I asked:

Can you guess what “skivolvunged” is a three-way combo of?

Here’s the answer:


If you have a different answer, I would love to know it. Please comment below.

Does the small “l” in “lunged” look like a number 1 to you? It does on my computer.

IMO, that is a big mistake in typography (my mom says that’s what the look of letters and numbers on a page or screen is called). I’m going to type them together so you can see how similar they are:


Weird, huh?

Comments from my Readers & Friends

  1. I thought it had something to do with you skiing down the Slip ‘N Slide and revolving around and then plunging.

  2. I have another combination: ski-vote-lunge , just that it can’t be used except for when u vote for the president or something.

  3. also, does a lowercase l look more like an uppercase i?
    it does on my computer.
    i am going to type them together, actually, so you can see how they would look next to each other.