• Glenn Wilson
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    Mexpatriate Steve: Kurt Vonnegut was a master at creating words.

    One of my favorites is "granfalloon."

    Vonnegut debuted the word in Cat's Cradle and used it in several of his subsequent novels. His definition morphed over time, but the concepts remained constant.

    My favorite is "a seeming team that is meaningless in terms of the ways God gets things done." His examples included "Hoosiers" (people from the state of Indiana), "the Communist party," "the Daughters of the American Revolution" -- and any group calling itself "the class of ...".

    Granfalloon is a great word. But clever though he may be, Vonnegutt could simply be wrong now and then.

    More at mexpatriate — in the key of steve: putting the granfalloon to the test. You can "Follow by Email" while you're there. More #mexpatriate.

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