I know, I know, this is not a word you can find in the dictionary. You might hear it uttered by a favorite cartoon character or… it may be used by a website for security reasons. You know the drill. You want to leave a comment on your favorite blog or log on to a website and before you can do it, you are required to type a meaningless word in the box. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Is that a k or an L? Could that be an O or is it a B?
Iscabibble! Drabonit! Boooyahoey!
“Captcha”, the technical term for this process is kind of a bizarre word in itself.
It works like this. You decide you would like to comment on a blog or log onto a website. Before it will allow this you must type a group of jumbled and distorted words or numbers. Sometimes this is not so easy. Don’t worry, you get a second chance, and maybe even a third to get it right.
Relax; it is for your own protection and when has something for your own protection actually been enjoyable? Someone has to deter those fiendish robots that are trolling around just looking for someone like you. I know you wouldn’t really buy diet pills that guarantee you lose 30 lbs. an hour, but I also know you don’t want your inbox to be full of this useless garbage either.
Quit complaining and just type the word.
Carmajizzle! Prompta! Wockawocka!
I read once that the old time comedian W.C. Fields was entranced with odd words and always gave his characters funny names. Do you think he was the original user of Captcha? He came up with names like, Otis Criblecoblis and Effingham Bellweather as well as Mahatma Cane Jeeves. Sounds plausible to me. I can just picture him saying to his butler… “My hat, my cane…Jeeves” Wink, wink!