B is for BAGASSE

Blistering Barnacles! (I've always wanted to say that) *giggles* I was up bright and breezy on this B-Day to browse the writings of you bloody brilliant, busy-bee batch of brave bloggers. If the barrage of bombasticity begins to bore you, I'm begging you to bear with me… don't burst my bubble…

Anyway, stay busy… break a pencil… or something like that…

         Today is Day 2 of the PinYin Word Project.

                                           The PinYin A to Z Project

                        Yóu xì bî mò fãn yì fei huà…….. 

 …is an old Chinese philosophy which refers to somebody who has the innate ability to decipher unusual words.


(you can read the details about this challenge and the competition running throughout the month of April)

The word for Day 2 is——–


This is the intergalactic war cry used by trainee Cosbolt pilots in order to test their mental strength. These squads (pilots and navigators), are rquired to shout a loud extended BAGA-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-S-S-S-S-S-S-SE just at the end of simulator training sessions. This is normally initiated by the instructor who is in charge of that squad (note: this information was part of the initial draft of the book CassaStar, but was cut during the final edits…)


So that's my definition. What's yours? Post it in the comment box below. Remember you stand to win a prize.


  1. Misha on April 2, 2013 at 10:17 am

    The scent coming from previously worn luggage after taking an unplanned three week detour to the tropics. Often accompanied by lug-mould, which jumps up to greet you the moment you open the smelly suitcase. 

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Hahahaha! The baggage got lost and returned with a bag-assed smell? 🙂 Euwwwww!

  2. Crystal Collier on April 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

    An Italian description for the condition of a cat lady's hair-covered furniture.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Now that's a bagasse with a terrible itch! So now we have a textural bagasse… very interesting… 🙂

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I was thinking of how Gollum says Baggins…

    And then I read your definition with the Cosbolt pilots.

    Now I'm laughing too hard to think of anything intelligent!

  4. Miranda Hardy on April 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    This is such a great theme. 

  5. shell flower on April 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Loving your theme. What a funny word. I'm thinking this is the strange detritus found at the bottom of any bag or purse that has been used for any length of time.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      I think all ladies have "bagasse moments"… especially me, with my HUGE handbags… he!he!

  6. L. Diane Wolfe on April 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    LOL! That wasn't in the version I read of Alex's book.

    I'm picturing a type of pasta.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Well, that info was cut in the final edits… LOL It does sound kinda pasta-ish…

  7. Margo Kelly on April 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Not sure if I feel smarter or dumber, but I definitely smiled at the comments! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!

  8. Elise Fallson on April 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I was thinking something along the lines of lost baggage and read Misha's comment and thought that fit really well! 😀

  9. mary aalgaard on April 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Your def is brillian. Bagasse – an extra large purse for ladies with ample backsides. Sorry, first thing that came to mind!

  10. mary aalgaard on April 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Oops. Missed the t in brilliant. You're brilliant. Ack!

  11. Al Diaz on April 2, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    The command "Bájese" (step down in Spanish) but said by a man with the flu.

  12. J.L. Campbell on April 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Hey, Michelle,

    If I'm correct, bagasse is also a kind of board made from sugar cane biproduct. Don't let water soak that sucker though, 'cause then you'll have frilly looking wood. 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      …frilly looking wood? You mean it curls at the edges?

  13. Julie Flanders on April 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I love your definition too much to try to think of my own LOL. Fun theme and I love your intro!

  14. Kimberly Gabriel on April 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Ha! I love it – you are so creative. Love the intro!

  15. Julie on April 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    What a whimsical definition! I was trying to think of something clever to write while I was checking mine out in the mirror.


    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Hahaha! Checking what out? Okay, don't answer that! TMI is no good! LOL

  16. Susan Gourley on April 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    This is the french word for a loaded bagel that causes gas.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      A bagasse that causes gas to escape from the ———— posterior extremity! 🙂

  17. Brinda on April 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Michelle

    You are so amazing… beautiful work BAGASSE……sounds like

    Bagasha…a fun word meaning "what fun"   love it…


  18. Clarissa Draper on April 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    bag can mean – to catch

    asse is also a fox


    So… to catch a fox.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Aha! Sort of like a hunting-related word… great definition!

  19. AJ on April 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Haha your sentence with all the B's in it made me chuckle. Super fun.

    Happy A-Z'ing!

    <a href="http://frodofrog.blogspot.com">AJ Lauer</a>

    #atozchallenge helper minion

    Twitter: @ayjaylauer

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks AJ. I'm off to check out your blog—————–

  20. Rosalind Adam on April 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I think it means an obscure gas, odourless but highly toxic.


    <a href="http://rosalindadam.blogspot.co.uk/">Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain</a>

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Oooh… sounds like espionage tactics… right up my alley!

  21. Lara Lacombe on April 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Bagasse (n): a complicated ballet step

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Very interesting definition… haven't had this word related to rhythm/movement… until now!

  22. Carol Kilgore on April 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Bagasse is the breathing excercise practiced by Highland pipers before they begin a session of bagpiping. 

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Scottish breathing exercises? Hey, maybe I need to try some "bagasse" to open up my lungs… maybe I'll sing better. 🙂

  23. Mary on April 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Very creative block of b's. Bagasse is an adjective used to describe mature people's derrieres, because they sag.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Mary. Ha! This is the 3rd or 4th reference to posterior parts of the anatomy! LOL Though yours targets the "sagging" ones… I wonder what word would describe the non-sagging derrieres?

  24. Jocelyn Rish on April 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    What a fun approach to the challenge. I played a similar board game in high school, but now I can't remember what it was called – I think maybe Balderdash.

    As for my definition: It's an insult in a small community where they don't pronounce their 'i's. "Dang, Bob, your woman has a bagasse."

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Ah, small community accent definition. Good one. Thanks for playing along Jocelyn!:)

  25. Nick Wilford on April 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Nice outtake from CassaStar, lol! And thanks for reminding me of one of my heroes, Captain Haddock. No one has better insults and expletives.

    • Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      I couldn't resist the CassaStar reference…  🙂 That expletive takes me back to childhood days, spent at the library… such memories…

  26. Tyrean on April 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Bagasse reminds me of Badass, so I'm going to go with this defnition:

    Bagasse = and angry traveler at the airport with too many bags and a "take them and like it" attitude at the check in counter.

  27. Michelle Wallace on April 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Good one! A stressed out traveller with an excess of luggage behaving like an ———- 🙂

  28. The Golden Eagle on April 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Great word! Bagasse–now I want to use it in conversation. 😛

  29. Brett Minor (@brettminor) on April 2, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    It's a small, flaky, French pastry. It is hollow due to the build up of yeast gas that dissipates during cooking, but leaves an empty center. It's similar to a baguette.


    Dropping by from A to Z. First year participating.

    Brett Minor
    <a href="http://transformednonconformist.blogspot.com/">Transformed Nonconformist</a>

    • Michelle Wallace on April 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

      An empty-centred, gas-filled type of baguette? Is it as yummy? Thanks for dropping by!

  30. Sue on April 3, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Great use of all those B words.  Very clever intro.  As far as a definition….mmmm….I consulted my TexMex Dictionary and the closest translation was something to do with grapes.  Go figure….maybe the residue of too much wine.  Thanks for visiting.

    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

  31. Ciara Knight on April 3, 2013 at 12:32 am

    LOL, that is so cute. I must admit, I don't remember that from Alex's book. 🙂

    • Michelle Wallace on April 3, 2013 at 9:34 am

      LOL! It was removed at the last minute! You'll have to ask Alex why? 🙂

  32. Damyanti on April 3, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I like Crystal Collier's definition above :). This has been fun so far, Michelle 🙂

  33. Donna L Martin on April 3, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Never heard of this word before but I might have to start using it…;~)

    Good luck with the challenge!  I participated last year and had a blast!

    Donna L Martin




    • Michelle Wallace on April 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Enjoy using the word… if you dare to! I'm not sure how you'll use it? Which definition will you use?

  34. Medeia Sharif on April 3, 2013 at 5:43 am

    It sounds like a type of bread or pastry. I like your definition, though. 

    • Michelle Wallace on April 3, 2013 at 9:37 am

      The bread/pastry definition has popped up twice or thrice! So bagasse = yummy??

  35. Nancy LaRonda Johnson on April 5, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I'm sure you didn't know this because you probably never hung around guys that used this kind of language. But bagasse is a secret language between adolescent guys to describe a girl with a big a–.

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