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cancatervate

cancatervate (kan-KAT-ur-vayt) - v., to heap into a pile.


I probably shouldn't post this one because it's obscure enough that I can't find a dictionary with an etymology. I can tell you my guess -- which is that it's another colorful 19th century Americanism -- but that's just a guess (if anyone has access to an OED, I'd appreciate checking for this one). But in the end, it just sounds too good to pass up posting it. I suspect the second A can also be pronounced long, but the one time I've heard it, the person used a short A, roughly that of "cat". Besides, have a personal use:

Because I've been lazy, the dirty dishes are cancatervated in the sink.

---L.
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