Sequim is a town in Washington state, presumably a place of ordinary repute. If you say it correctly, it sounds like se-kwim. But if you say it fast, it sounds like skwim.
Is it just me or does that sound dirty?
I imagine the word SKWIM in colorful bold letters blazing from one of those magazine racks behind the convenience store counter that is fitted with placards that hide the porno pix on the covers of the naughty books but not the titles--assuming there are any such racks left.
I wonder if the implication of the word would in itself require censorship. Hm. Dunno. But the act of skwimming would surely involve an orifice or two. Bodily fluids might factor in as might utensils, restraint devices and multiple participants.
"I'm telling you, we skwimmed all night. All night."
Usually when I make up words, they arrive in my head without definitions. They are like literary orphans, running around looking for a meaning, although I always thought Blunge would be a good name for a toilet cleaner. "Bleach can't touch that stain? Blunge it out!"
I love thinking up phonetically interesting words.
Wenality is the sort of word someone in my writer's group would use. "What I'm saying is this chapter lacks wenality." This sentence would float around the room in silence for a moment before I would say, "What the eff does wenality mean?" And everyone might pause and look around until someone would make a comment that might or might not be relevant, say, "It's at the sake of contrast," which would suffice. Then we'd dive back into our frenetic discussion.
Clerestory is a good word. So is ullage. My brother and grandfather argued over the word bombilation, which appears on page 18 of "Leaving Las Vegas," but is not in some dictionaries (presumably the one my grandfather used when he was alive). It is in the Unabridged Webster's Third New International Dictionary (2662 pages, about 12 lbs), which despite its ungainliness, is the reference dictionary I use. It is the very dictionary John used when he wrote. He sent to me a few weeks before he killed himself. This was before people began purchasing such volumes on thin DVDs, when bot was the larvae of the botfly and google was a silly sounding word bouncing around someone's head looking for a meaning, when the term search engine was nonsensical and browser was slang for someone who hung around all day at a bookstore and never bought anything.
The first word in the main body of the dictionary is a, and is noted as "the first letter of the English alphabet." Sounds like a good start to me. Erin is not listed, but john is, as are several terms that include john. The last listing in Webster's Third is zyzzogeton, which is a genus of large South American leaf-hoppers. Breathe is on page 273, death is on page 581.
Life is on page 1306.