Anticiparcellate (an ti si par’ sel ate) – v. Waiting until the mailman is several houses down the street before picking up the mail, so as not too appear too anxious.
Now that many of us are getting our W-2 forms, and some of us still use the old-fashioned snail mail system to get our refunds, you might see some people anticiparcellating some days this month. It’s hard not to do this, especially if you were lucky enough to get a four-digit or better refund this year. There are all these wonderful material things you have been putting off to buy, like electronic upgrades, videogames, or even just new workclothes, for those lucky enough to be working. That money might stay in your account for a total of one week, but it is one amazing week where you get to take care of all those things you were putting off during the year. Not many of us anticiparcellate these days with the advent of direct deposits and rapid refund cards, but there might be a few here and there, in remote areas, or ones that don’t trust things to get where they need to be electronically. You might also see more young people anticiparcellating just before the holidays and birthdays, often for the same reasons, but from a completely different source.
One-liner of the day:
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.