You remember Encyclopedia Brown, right? I loved those books when I was a kid. One mystery he solved involved a broken watch that was supposed to be given as a prize for a spelling bee. Encyclopedia Brown figured out who broke the watch because the culprit deliberately threw the bee, thus not winning the watch, which he knew was broken.
Encyclopedia Brown knew that the kid threw the bee (threw the bee!) because the final question was “Spell a word that has three sets of double letters,” and the kid couldn’t spell one, even though he worked as a bookkeeper, and therefore should have known.
Totally shaky circumstantial evidence, but there you go.
Anyway, my point is that maybe the kid could have used “errandonnee” – although he may have then been disqualified because it’s a made up word.
It was made up by M.G. of Chasing Mailboxes, and she uses it in a sentence thusly:
“It’s time for a March challenge designed for the utility cyclist with lots of errands to do, even in winter – the Errandonnee!”
My cyclisty friends were all a-tweet about it last time she ran the challenge, and I vowed to play along the next time it happened.
Well, it’s happening, and I’m just now noticing. That leaves me with a fair amount of catch up by March 19th, but I think I can do it.
Is anyone else playing along? Let me know in the comments, and leave links to your blogs if you have them!
You can follow the Twitterness at #errandonnee.
(P.S. And now when you’re trying to remember how to spell “errandonnee” in your various tweets and blogs and letters to grandma, you’ll think of Encyclopedia Brown and thank me for the mnemonic device. You’re welcome.)