VAULTERS

"Psycholinguistics" is a vaulter. You divide the word to say it, and you leap:
psycho ||ling || uist || ics

If you don't make it and stumble, you act as if exactly nothing wrong just happened, you're only in bubbles.


For clarity, folks, we always use dictionaries, or at least keep them at hand, home and mobile. Most dictionaries have suggestions.

It is enough you start typing, or type part a word, or even just an idea for a word, and the dictionary will show or ask what word it might be.

Jemma was just trying, when she found "panlogistic". She typed in "panlogis", and the dictionary asked if she meant "panlogism":


I give a few links to free dictionaries, down the page. Feel welcome to read about Heebeecheeche and other capers.

Vaulters are not only words that have three or more syllables. They are words made of other words. Our way, psycholinguistics, is made of "psychology" and "linguistics".

Sometimes, words are mergers. For example, we obviously could divide the verb "to condescend" into syllables, and there would be three syllables, enough for a vaulter. But we do not take the meaning literally for a sum, as con+descend. John said that would take at least two people running down the stairs. He was joking, I mean, and we have the verb for a merger. It is the same with "understanding" and many other words.

When we make a crossword, we allow vaulters or mergers, or both. You can do that in an Excel spreadsheet, with different color fonts. We score on syllables and letters of alphabet that are shared between words. There is also an extra score, to explain the parts of the word. We use dictionaries for that, we only tell the matter in our own words, like stories.