The other day I got a text from Jessica, who was out and about. It said:
What if we described our wedding plans and people like this: “all of them attracted by a collegial atmosphere of rascality”?
Where the heck did that come from?
Turns out she was reading The Amazing Adventures Of Cavalier And Clay, and that’s where she saw the line.
As I do, I thought about the word rascality, and how great a word it is. The dictionary defines it with another great word: knavish, which means:
1. like or befitting a knave; untrustworthy; dishonest.
2. [Archaic] waggish; roguish; mischievous.
From there, of course, I had to look up waggish, which led me to this definition:
1. like a wag
; roguish in merriment and good humor; jocular
Anyway, I agree with Jessica, if this is what she meant. I hope our wedding planning involves a bunch of waggish, knavish rascals behaving collegiately. That sounds pretty excellent.
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