So I work in delivery, and I am trying to describe the act (verb I guess) of fitting parcels in the back of a van in the most efficient way possible. I thought about using the word "Tessellation" in a verb like way "We tessellated the packages as best we could". I also thought about using the classic "We Tetrised... tetrissed?" the packages as best we could. Does anyone know a good word I can use?
Tetris can be indeed used as a verb for this meaning. It is not in the big dictionaries yet but it has a definition in urbandictionary and Wiktionary. Additionally, Merriam-Webster has an article about tetris being used as a verb. Here is a relevant excerpt:
The game known as Tetris has pervaded the culture to such an extent that it has inspired occasional, creative use of Tetris as a verb, one meaning something along the lines of "to arrange the parts of (something) to fit efficiently within a limited space":
The use of Tetris as a verb is still too rare for dictionary entry, but it has nonetheless become an option as a word for clever spatial arrangement. And you can even prefix Tetris if you need a verb for removing something from said configuration:
I'd gone grocery shopping the day before, and the crowded kitchen shelves were Tetrised with Betty's favorites: mac and cheese, Cheerios, cinnamon grahams.
Amy Shearn, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, 2013
(emphasis mine, italicized the example)
You can use sardine as a verb and that will probably match the definition you’re going for. “We sardined the packages into the truck”