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What the Heck is a Castanurgle?

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Today I continue with my sort-of new feature: Made-It-Up Mondays.

I am throwing out a 100% made-up word and asking you to a) define the word, and b) then use the word in a sentence that indicates how the word could be used.

Why? Because someone recently gave me the book The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World.

For example:

“Faamiti” is a Samoan word, a verb, meaning to make a squeaking sound by sucking air past the lips in order to gain the attention of a dog. Or a child.

We don’t really have a word for that in English, do we?

When I can’t find the right word on the word-shelf to fit my mood or predicament, I often just make one up.

The last time we did this the word was “brissue” and two people came closest: Carol H. Rives and Save Sprinkles guessed that the word had something to do with a “bra issue.” And they are right. Kind of.

It is definitely a ladies’ issue.

I use the word to indicate the problem when a woman finds a fabulous garment on a sale rack, but she immediately notices that she will have difficulty finding just the right undergarment to wear underneath it. Basically, she will have to decide if she wants the fabulous garment — knowing full well that she will likely spend hours searching for just the right bra — or if she should walk away from the amazing bargain, thus saving herrself a lot of time and aggravation.

Trust me, men, this is a major brissue!

Continuing alphabetically, this week, the made up word is:


What the heck is that? When would you say it? Define it and give me a sentence in which you show me how you would use it.

You know, if it were a real word. 😉

39 thoughts on “What the Heck is a Castanurgle?

  1. Castanurgle: cast’-a-nur-gul (noun) – a dilemma for which there is no easy solution.

    I want to go out for Italian tonight and my partner wants Chinese. We are facing a real castanurgle – there is no good compromise!

  2. Castanurgle: (noun, adjective, verb, pronoun, proper noun, and more!) Of Greek, Italian, Israeli, Russian, and Texan descent.

    Meaning: Similar to auto-pilot.

    John was in complete castanurgle mode this morning when he accidently poured his daughter’s apple juice into his coffee.


    I was so castanurgled that I got on the wrong on-ramp this morning on the way to work

    Both of these may or may not be real life examples…

  3. Castanurgle: Noun. The garbled speech resulting from a blending of too many languages and possibly rum.

    “I found it difficult to interpret Ricky Ricardo’s castanurgle every time he discovered Lucy was one of his showgirls in disguise.”

    p.s. Babalu, aye!

  4. Well, if you read this:
    “Casta (Spanish: [ˈkasta], Portuguese: [ˈkaʃtɐ]) is a Portuguese and Spanish term used in seventeenth and eighteenth centuries mainly in Spanish America to describe as a whole the mixed-race people which appeared in the post-Conquest period.”

    and then read this:
    “In the fictional universes of Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Fantasy, Nurgle is one of the four major Chaos gods. Like his brother gods, Nurgle grew from a single survivalist emotion: in his case, the emotion was despair. Nurgle is the Chaos god of disease, decay, despair and destruction. Even though the nature of his influence, he begins to like his victims, caring for them in a jovial manner close to a loving grandfather; so he is commonly called Grandfather Nurgle or Papa Nurgle. He is also called the Lord of Decay, Master of Plague and Pestilence and Lord of All. He is shown as a huge, bloated humanoid, with boils and sores, his body completely rotten from disease. He is usually with an enveloping cloud of buzzing flies.”

    So apparently, Castanurgle is a Spanish-American word for a big huge grandfatherly guy with lots of boils and sores and an enveloping cloud of buzzing flies.

    For example: “Seriously dude, would you go take a freakin’ shower, you smell like a goddamn Castanurgle.


    C’mon kids, we’re going to visit your grandfather this weekend. I know he’s let himself go and smells like a Castanurgle, but he hasn’t seen you in months and we need to help him take a sponge bath.”

  5. Castanurgle (adj): Ka-STAN-er-gul. The dry, monotone, mind-numbing, as in lecture style used by aged professors who refuse to retire yet clearly despises his job. Female professors are not capable of this cadence.

    During Ancient World Civilization Class, a Freshman had to be rushed to the hospital due to a concussion after banging his head on his desk. During the investigation, other students in the class reported that he became catatonic then collapsed due to Professor Plinkett’s castanurgle lecture on the Byzantines.

  6. I’m going out a limb here.

    Castanurgle (n): Ka-Sta-NER-gul. When, individually, the actors in a production seem perfectly suited for their roles, but as a complete entity (or cast) equal catastrophe.

    “Mr. Spielberg, I swear Paris Hilton and The Rock nailed their auditions. But yes. Yes. I see what you’re seeing now. It’s a real castanurgle.”

    1. So it’s mathematical, really. The sum is sometimes not as great as the parts, taken individually. Because taken together, they can really suck. I actually believe this happens in quite a few films. Especially when you can’t feel the chemistry between people who are supposed to be lovers. They look good on paper but once on film… Meh. 😉

    1. Susie: so to make sure you get your credit: Castanurgle is some kind of food from… where? Because castanurgle with a side of alkenofrise sounds kinda good. Can you just describe what ingredients are actually in the castanurgle? You know, in case I want to make some.


  7. CASTANURGLE (noun): the gurgling sound coming from one’s small intestine, after swallowing too much castor oil for the relief of constipation.

    “Everyone thought the sound was indicative of her being hungry; little did they know that the castanurgle was a warning that she was about to blow!”

    P.S. Thanks for the mention regarding the “brissue”.

  8. Castanurgle: a curse word appropriate to use around children.

    Me: (shaking fist at a driver running a red light) That Castanurgle almost got me killed!

    1. *with children in the room, of course* My son’s Social Studies teacher is such a castanurgle; it’s week 5 already, and while he might be attractive, he hasn’t taught them a single thing about Social Studies yet.

      Like that? 😉

  9. I didn’t read the other comments so as to not be influenced by the other Merriam Websters.

    Castanurgle: it’s the bait you accidentally swallow after throwing out your fishing line.

    Every time I go to the lake, I get so excited that I manage to throw back 4 castanurgles. And then I throw up.

  10. I just found your blog and saw this post. I’m a volunteer teacher on a small Samoan island and couldn’t resist asking my kids about “faamiti.” I have second graders and when I asked if they knew the word, they all suddenly had fish faces and made very dramatic kissing sounds. Very cute.

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