Word Up, YO!

KLZ from Taming Insanity, Natalie from Mommy of a Monster (I Mean Toddler) & Infant Twins and I have joined dorky forces to create a new meme!

All three of us – a.k.a The Nerd Mafia – have a ridiculous fondness for the written word, and have come up with the idea for a vocabulary-based meme, which we so aptly named, Word Up, YO!

See, what could be dorkier than that?

Each week, we’ll feature a new word, its definition and open a Linky.

We even created a dorky badge…

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{Please grab the code from the button in my sidebar, as it’s getting wonky when I paste it here}

To participate, you need to use the Word of the Week (WOW!) in one of your posts.  When you use the word, add our Word Up, YO! button to that post, and then link up that post to one of our MckLinkys.

All entries will be considered, and the winner of the weekly Word Up, YO! vocabulary challenge will be announced the following Sunday, along with the new WOW!

So, to clarify…


  • Use the Word of the Week (WOW!) in a post as many times as you legitimately can.
  • Use the WOW! correctly in your post, & we’ve included a definition to guide you on this journey.
  • Include the Word Up, Yo! button somewhere in your post.
  • Link up your WOW! post anytime during the week.  (The MckLinky is open Sunday-Friday at midnight).
  • Link up below to your relevant post, not your blog home page, please.

That’s it! No mandatory follows, no mandatory comments. Visit as many other linked blogs as you can.

At the end of the week, the Nerd Mafia will decide on a “winning” post. We’ll publish the winning post along with the new WOW! every Sunday.

Week #1



1. the esophagus.

2. the throat or pharynx.

3. a channel for water.

4. a gully or ravine.

5. a preparatory cut in an excavation.

6. a concavity between two sawteeth, joining them at their bases.

–verb (used with object)

7. to form a concavity at the base of (a sawtooth).

Can’t wait to see how you use it!  Good luck on your vocab journey!


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34 Responses to Word Up, YO!
  1. Jenny
    June 13, 2010 | 7:06 am

    this word is definitely going to be a challenge as i posted on KLZ’s blog…not sure how i will use it but i will give it a try!

  2. Angie
    June 13, 2010 | 7:19 am

    SO FUN!!!! I can’t wait to read what people come up with… now to figure out how to use this word…

  3. Katie
    June 13, 2010 | 8:59 am

    Heh heh.. this is gonna be fun!

    I can’t imagine all the crazy posts this word will generate!

  4. Theta Mom
    June 13, 2010 | 9:22 am

    What a cute meme! Should make for some fun posts! 😉

  5. laura @The Things I Said I'd Never Do
    June 13, 2010 | 9:38 am

    This is a BRILLIANT idea!

  6. Poppy
    June 13, 2010 | 9:58 am

    You are the #nerdmafia and I love you guys. The first word is great.

  7. Kristin @ Ellie-Town
    June 13, 2010 | 10:25 am

    This is going to be fun and increase my vocabulary!

  8. Natalie
    June 13, 2010 | 10:38 am

    Well, look at that! We have our first official link up!!

  9. unicycle rose
    June 13, 2010 | 11:01 am

    Your mafia has waaay too much time on their creative hands….gullet, huh? I think of a chicken when I hear that word….this ought to be interesting!!!

  10. Bossy Betty
    June 13, 2010 | 11:07 am

    What a great word! Am I still allowed to use it in my everyday conversations even if I don’t participate in the meme?

  11. alicia
    June 13, 2010 | 11:21 am

    I’m a wordie believe it or not. Sounds like fun. Trying to figure out how to squeeze it in…

  12. Cori
    June 13, 2010 | 12:49 pm

    what kind of word is GULLET??!!! lol can’t wait!

  13. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points
    June 13, 2010 | 1:12 pm


    Interesting…VERY interesting…

    Excellent choice for the first word.

    …..brew brew brew….

  14. Sian
    June 13, 2010 | 1:58 pm

    Ooo, exciting! Going to have to get my thinking cap on!

  15. BigMamaCass
    June 13, 2010 | 2:19 pm

    Interesting!! I will see if I can make that work this week 🙂

  16. Lula Lola
    June 13, 2010 | 3:31 pm

    Love it! The “nerd mafia” kills me! Love it!
    I will see if I can’t work in the gullet this week! This sounds like so much fun!

  17. KLZ
    June 13, 2010 | 3:49 pm

    Perhaps we do have too much time on our hands. I think I’ll pour some more iced tea down my gullet while I ponder that.

  18. Beth
    June 13, 2010 | 6:49 pm

    This is a fun idea! When I recover from my birthday party coma, I will definitely be giving this another look!

  19. Laura
    June 13, 2010 | 6:51 pm

    What a fun meme! I used to always have a word of the day calendar on my desk at work!

  20. Jill
    June 13, 2010 | 7:41 pm

    “Nerd Mafia” – I love it! I’m officially a follower now 🙂

  21. Julie
    June 13, 2010 | 10:32 pm

    You guys are hilarious. Gullet!! How the heck did you come up with that word?? This sounds like so much fun.

  22. Stacey
    June 14, 2010 | 9:14 am

    Mikey likes it!! Ok, so I’m not Mikey, but I definitely like it!! I love words! My brain is already spinning.

  23. Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud
    June 14, 2010 | 6:53 pm

    I played along and so excited that I used the word “gullet” in a post about my little mommy meltdown.

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud

  24. Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud
    June 15, 2010 | 12:31 am

    I incorporated “gullet” into my “OH NO HE DIDN’T!” post also. I linked it up, but I didn’t stick the button into my post because it was too confusing with my buttons and my linky. You’re more than welcome to remove my link from your linky. No hard feelings. This was fun!

    Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud

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  27. Holly L
    June 17, 2010 | 2:40 am

    This is awesome! I may join in on this one..oh the pressure!

  28. Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip
    June 17, 2010 | 11:00 am

    AWESOME!!! I am all for anything nerdy and word-related. Definitely going to participate in this meme. Maybe not this week though cuz I am still trying to keep things from erupting out of my gullet. (And the other end too.) Yikes was that TMI? Anyway, love this idea and can’t wait to be a part of it.

  29. Jennifer Juniper
    June 18, 2010 | 8:12 am

    I LOVE this idea!! And I can’t wait to play!!

  30. Megan (Best of Fates)
    June 18, 2010 | 11:00 pm

    I was so close! Stupid theatre show, running late, making my post go up to late to qualify.


    I’d also like to blame Gerald’s babies, completely unwilling to come out and post for photos all week.

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