On January 4, 2012 by Eden M. Kennedy

Jackson is a remarkably articulate 10-year-old, in my not-even-trying-to-be-unbiased opinion, but he still stumbles over words occasionally. Naturally, the way he stumbles reveals a deeper genius. I’m not saying I’m responsible for his genius, I’m just saying I’ve noticed it.

I think what happened was he was telling me about how someone in one of his video games pummeled someone else, but he didn’t say pummeled, he said pumbled. And I was all, does that mean he was pummeled and humbled at the same time? He was pumbled? Because that kind of makes sense.

Not that everyone who gets pummeled gets humbled; I think a certain type of person would see a pummeling as an opportunity to become a great, big asshole. But another type might say: “Wow, you know what? I need to make some changes.” That person has been pumbled.

(Urban Dictionary gives an alt.def. as someone who has been pummeled and tumbled. We are the world, we are the children.)



4 Responses to “Pumbled”

  • “Pumbled” makes perfect sense. I think even the guy who takes a pummeling is, in fact, humbled, even if it makes him become a big asshole. I think that’s just his way of covering up his humiliation. He’s pumbled, too!

    My daughter occasionally stumbles over her words, once claiming someone “pilferaged” her stuff. I think it means that someone stole just a few things, but in an openly violent way that decimated the whole village.

  • My favorite kind of malapropism! I love the invented word that sounds so right. My sister made up ‘shattles’–which was sort of like shambles and sort of like shacks and sort of…I don’t know. But I always loved that word and still use it.

    Yes, he is a genius with a deeper genius. Don’t even try to be humble or pumbled.

  • Pumbled! I like it. A friend’s son was watching a basket making demonstration at Monticello (no, really) and when the guy was talking about the qualities they look for in materials to make said baskets, the friend’s kid piped up and said that the wood needed to be “flimsable.” As best we can tell, this is some combination of flimsy and flexible.

  • in our family “pumbled” is what happens when you get wiped out by a wave at the beach.