sneck: a lock or latch
latu: two lats
hot cockles: a game wherein a blindfolded person tries to guess who hit him
You may not have heard of this game by name, but perhaps you’ve done something like it. Cervaise and I did this as kids. It was part of our formative vocabulary-building years.
The Dictionary Master looks through a big fat dictonary (the fatter the better!) and finds an obscure word nobody at the table knows. He writes the definition down on a small piece of paper, paraphrasing as necessary so it doesn’t sound like lexicophony. Lexicographese?
He announces the word to the rest of the group and informs them how it is spelled and pronounced. Then each member in the group secretly writes down a made-up but still-probable definition for that word on their own papers, submitting them to the Dictionary Master when done.
The Dictionary Master reads out all of the phony definitions, along with the real one, in no particular order, without making note of whether that definition is real. Once he has read them all, the players (except the Dictionary Master) then vote on which they think is most likely to be the real definition. You can even vote for yourself as a strategy, if you want, but read on.
If anybody votes for the true definition, that player gets to be Dictionary Master next round. (There are no points awarded but a hurrah might be in order.) In the event that multiple people vote for the correct definition, ties are broken with the number of votes their phony definitions received.
When ties cannot be broken, we just hand off Dictionary Mastering to whoever wants it, although a more rigorous set of rules might insist that it is a draw and the reigning Dictionary Master continues for another round.
When nobody guesses the real definition, again, one could either permit the Dictionary Master another round at the helm, or declare that whoever got the most votes for their fake contribution gets a chance. It was pretty social and non-competetive, and actually quite funny and informative as well.
I’m not sure if this could be (or even should be) played on the SDMB, but some of you might really like to have a go at this in your own little circles. Tons of fun, and educational too.