Alert readers will already be acquainted with l’ishing from our previous discussions (SpecGram CLXX.2, etc.). Though outwardly similar to French verlan, l’ishing swaps words that map onto one another when some portion of the sounds at the end of a given word are moved to the front, or vice versa. For example, dinner /dɪnər/ and innard /ɪnərd/ can be used in place of one another, as in “I’m famished, let’s get some innard.”, or “That guy just cut that other guy’s belly and a bit of his dinner came out.”
Unlike verlan, l’ishing words normally cannot be formulated on the fly, so glossaries have been created for neophytes. However, words are not listed in the glossaries, only mnemonically merged definitions (MMDs). For example:
an evening meal for an intestine (referring to an innard dinner)
We have acquired another clutch of such MMDs, and seek your help in determining the paired words they refer to. The MMDs are provided below.
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