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Wormucking

verb; compounding
Walking with the specific intention of stepping on worms. As the word was used in a comic strip, I believe that Mr. Watterson intended to create suspense by introducing a new word and confusing his readers, only to clear up their confusion and create humor in the last panel. Also, I do not believe there are any existing words in English which include the intent present in 'wormucking' (i.e. specifically to step on worms). This word was coined to create a humorous comic strip.
 
The rain stopped! This is the best time to go wormucking. ... It's when you walk on the pavement and muck all the worms.
Etymology : Compounded from 'worm' (Old english 'werm', Indo-European 'wer', meaning 'any animal with a round or flat body and no obvious appendages, of the phyla Annelida, Nematoda, Nemertea, or Platyhelminthes') and 'muck' (word derived from the sound of something soft being crushed)
Source : The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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