Words of Our Lives


“The main thing about something gruckimish is that gruck (the noun form) is always the unintended byproduct of the creator’s intention. Things that are supposed to be funny are rarely gruckimish. On the other hand, to call something gruckimish is never a value judgment: it is a simple statement of fact.”

At The Paris Review, Sadie Stein explains (and illustrates) gruckimish—a word that she and her best friend invented at age four and have employed ever since.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →