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Just For Fun: New Words In The Oxford Dictionary

Posted by: Cynthia Decker on 06/19/2013 - 12:34 PM

Apparently "mani-pedi" is now a word, and the definition of "tweet" has been amended to include posting on Twitter.

Everybody makes up words, sometimes families have made up words passed down as kind of a tradition.
What made up words do YOU use that should be considered for inclusion in the coming year?

When something is wobbly or unstable, my husband and I will refer to it as being "wubbus". I have no idea where it started, I think maybe in my college years, when I was personally wubbus a lot. ;)


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Posted by: Carmen Hathaway on 06/19/2013 - 12:41 PM

Fustigoo: AKA 'meh'


Posted by: Cynthia Decker on 06/19/2013 - 12:46 PM


Where did that come from?


Posted by: Carmen Hathaway on 06/19/2013 - 1:02 PM

Likely from the same vibe that inspired 'meh'. It's the abridged version of my original : fustigoodeehadeeha.

Basically -- 'meh', with delicate overtones of disingenuous appreciation.

And then, there's *'Tsvar' -- which fell out of popular usage when a former boss started using it ad nauseum.
He apparently had no creative capacities of his own. Sounded even sillier than me saying it -- and that's going some.

Tsvar: an exclamatory word or phrase; especially: a vague expletive -- poignantly ambiguous, with essence of caviar.


Posted by: Cynthia Decker on 06/19/2013 - 1:08 PM

Well now you have to tell me what "tsvar" means - same as meh?


Posted by: Carmen Hathaway on 06/19/2013 - 1:09 PM

Just did :)

No -- never run out of ideas -- never the same thing twice.


Posted by: Mark Zelmer on 06/19/2013 - 4:04 PM

My rule of thumb is that if you simply cannot find the proper word you are looking for, particularly in written correspondence, just go ahead and make one up. Human language is so sophisticated that the large majority of people will understand the meaning behind your fabricated word even though they have never heard it before. Whether the meaning is indirectly implied by virtue of the words around it, OR, the word simply "sounds right," most people will get it. It's frustrageous when they do not however... but there are worst things, like a kick in the scruttocks.


Posted by: Tony Murray on 06/19/2013 - 5:15 PM

I created the word "Sculptography" and use it to define my new medium which combines both sculpture and photography. I found out that others had used the term but were incorrect in their use of it so I quickly defined it in the only dictionary available to me at the time the Urban Dictionary.


Posted by: Barbara Moignard on 06/19/2013 - 6:12 PM

Crodger - a word I have known since early childhood. My brother's word for a creature, a monster which may prey on unsuspecting younger sisters!


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