Me: "I feel the need... the need to sneed. Sneed isn't a word, but it should be. What's it mean?"So I was being grammatically incorrect. I should have said "I feel the need... the need to have sneed."
RX: "It's the past tense of the verb 'to snee'."
Me: "Ah. So, 'I snee; you snee; he/she/it snees; we..."
RX: "...have been sneed. It's from the Latin snevius, which is the act of separating fly poop from small grains of finely-ground black spices."
Me: "That was traditionally done by slave girls from the eastern Mediterranean, known as Sneviatrixes."
RX: "Ah, but by the later Republic, it had become a respected, and often well-paid profession."
Me: "Indeed. Tacitus even claimed that the favorite mistress of the emperor Claudius was reputed to have been a former Sneviatrix."
And with that, I'm off to the grocery store. (And yes, that's fairly typical for Roseholme Cottage dialog...)