Create a Word Today

October 26, 2021 — 18 Comments

What could possibly be more fun than making up a witty new word?

Well, to be honest, lots of things. But inventing words is still an enjoyable creative exercise. I made up several in less than an hour this evening, while half-watching an old movie. A few may be lame, but I hope you will discover one or two you enjoy.

I’ve touched on the subject of inventing words in the past. But this approach involves a different process.

This article from The Guardian asks, “English speakers already have over a million words at our disposal – so why are we adding 1,000 new ones a year to the lexicon?” That’s certainly a fair question. However, it doesn’t pertain to my thoughts here. I’m not attempting to birth any neologisms. These are simply humorous tweaks to existing words. A form of wordplay.

I got the idea when I read a short article, “The Best Made Up Words Ever,” by Bill Bouldin.* He admits to including a number of words from an online site I won’t name here (due to its preponderance of vulgar terms). While Bouldin doesn’t indicate which examples are his own contributions, and which are reproduced, I found a couple of the words quite entertaining.

The first of these reminded me of many group meetings where we consider all sorts of opportunities and possibilities.
Blamestorming – The act of attempting to identify the person who is most at fault for a plan’s failure.

As a pastor I couldn’t resist modifying this gem.
Sinergy – When performing two bad acts make you feel as guilty as if you had committed three.

This one struck home since it’s a play on one of the words in the title of the Narnian classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Chairdrobe – A chair on which one piles clothes that belong in the closet. Not to be confused with a floordrobe.

The final example will resonate with everyone who enjoys reading and writing.
“Illiteration – The mistaken impression that you know more about rhetorical devices than you really do.

At the risk of revealing myself to be an illiterator, I’ve included below some of the words I conjured up during an idle hour. I don’t claim any are masterpieces, but you may find one or two that bring a smile to your face. And, who doesn’t need an extra smile during these trying times?

My Initial Experiment

Caution: Before proceeding, keep in mind these are not real words. As genuine and utilitarian as they may appear, I advise you not to use them in conversation or composition. They are offered by Mere Inkling purely for entertainment purposes. Feel free to add some of your own in a comment.

Miscellaneous Vocabulary

Subbatical: the period when some temp like you is hired to fill in for some privileged person who has a job that has sent him or her off for an extended paid vacation.

Dippididude: Confused men who use hair gel designed for young girls and women.

Cemetarry: The unwillingness of some people to ponder the reality of their own mortality.

Mannekin: A boring, sedentary relative, who rarely rises from the couch.

Candlelablouse: The name for candlesticks with multiple arms in the homes of prudes.

Carnivirus: Individuals who strive to draw blood from those who view the coronavirus and its implications differently than they do.

Brigadeer: A domineering deer who tries to order all the other members of its herd around (antlers optional).

Altruistick: Actions that appear on the surface to be selfless, but include a hidden agenda.

Monumentill: Descriptor for someone of little worth who builds a significant reputation with the sole purpose of lining their pockets.

Blasphemee: An individual’s personal inability to consistently observe the Second Commandment.

Concupiscents: Hollywood’s obsession with including graphic sexual themes in all of their productions, resulting in the selling of their souls for pennies on the dollar.

Cathedroll: A large church led by a senior minister given to quaint and unintentionally comic humor.

Cadaversary, pl., cadaversaries: A member of the endless hordes of the undead during a zombie apocalypse.

Writing Vocabulary

Literasee: The capacity of one’s imagination to visualize what you are reading.

Bloggrr: An essentially angry person, given to writing unbridled tirades on various digital formats.

Gerdprocessing: When whatever you are typing just doesn’t work, and causes you severe heartburn instead.

Manuskipped: The sad condition when the article or book into which you poured your blood, sweat and tears has been tossed into a slush pile to lie forgotten.

Editteen: The maturity level of the editor who did not recognize the merits of your manuscript and rejected it without comment.

Subliminil: When the word you are reading or writing possesses no hidden or subconscious message.

Proofreaper: Someone you invited to read your manuscript for misspellings who advises you to delete entire sections of your precious creation.

Skulldigory: Misbehavior by the English professor, Digory Kirke, who, as a child, introduced evil into Narnia.

I will close now with two words that cat-lovers may find objectionable. If you are a devoted feline-fancier, you are advised to cease reading now.

Lucifur: The anonymous leader of that faction of felines devoted to serving evil.

Purrification: The activity of forgiveness and restoration that occurs when any cat makes a sincere confession of its sins.


* This columnist cites various words from the Bouldin’s piece, and others from a book entitled The Emotionary: a Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do.

18 responses to Create a Word Today

  1. 

    Dear Reverend Stroud,

    My own attempt is as follows:

    Trult = Trump + Cult

    Thank you, Reverend, for introducing us to those new words. I shall reciprocate with my post entitled “35 Modern Words Recently Added to the Dictionary” published at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/35-modern-words-recently-added-to-the-dictionary/

    Please kindly drop me a few lines at my said post and let me know whether one of more of the 35 words particularly appeal to you.

    As a universal lingua franca, English is indeed a fast-evolving language.

    Yours sincerely,
    SoundEagle

    • 

      Interesting political choice of words… guess we better hope someone adds a reference to Biden/Brandon to balance it out.

      Mere Inkling, of course, is not a political blog. And I can’t sanction “political” debate here, since it will distract from the site’s purpose. I will, however, allow one “balancing” comment… should anyone dare to offer such.

      Yes, English does change rapidly. And… as I note in my response to your second comment, it not always for the better.

      • 

        Dear Reverend Stroud,

        Consistent with your current post entitled “Make A Word”, we are simply dealing with word coinage or neologism here, and no “political” debate has been involved in the process.

        There is also the word “Trumpism”. Whether “Bidenism” and “Brandonism” will take off or not remains to be seen.

        I look forward to your perusing and commenting on my two said posts.

        Yours sincerely,
        SoundEagle

      • 

        Well… making something an “-ism” is just a little different than linking someone’s name to a word like “cult.”

        Americans are quite sensitive to political subjects–far more so now than any other time since I first voted back in 1972. And both political parties have contributed to the vitriol that has become the norm. Very sad… and it’s not getting better.

      • 

        I agree with your point, Rob. The only ‘balance’ would be to also link ‘cult’ with an oppositional leader; say, Biden.

        So, Culden? Bidult?

        Either way, as I said, I agree that it starts becoming rude and not balanced in the slightest.

      • 

        The best comedians, it seems to me, are equal opportunity satirists.

        Of course, when you are personally a member of a group, and speaking to others “in the family,” you can go right up to “the edge.”

        One of the best parts about conferences we Lutheran military chaplains used to have was enjoying emcees who told scads of Lutheran jokes.

  2. 

    Dear Reverend Stroud,

    I mentioned in my previous comment that English is indeed a fast-evolving language, but not always in a good and unproblematic way, for my following analytical post presents in lucid detail one of the most damning proofs of the linguistic decline and grammatical degeneration increasingly afflicting English:

    https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/use-with-caution-or-not-at-all/

    You are welcome to alert me of other examples that you can think of or have come across by leaving a comment there.

    Yours sincerely,
    SoundEagle

    • 

      Yes, some of the changes in the English (or any other) language are problematic. Especially when they bend and break the existing rules that seek to make some sense of it all.

      It is not uncommon for “evolution” to be “devolution” in linguistic disguise.

      • 

        Indeed! I have dealt in detail with some of the most egregious examples in a special page simply entitled “Writing“.

        On the whole, English standard has declined dramatically since the 1960s. I have attempted to point out some of the most common and persistent problems in the said page published at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/writing/

        If you know of other problems and would like me to add to the page, please kindly submit a comment there so that I can incorporate them into the said page.

        Yours sincerely,
        SoundEagle

  3. 

    These were fun. I particularly enjoyed trying them aloud; ‘cadaversary’ being the most fun thus voiced.

    When you first said you were inventing words, I thought they’d be less tied to existing ones. The amalgamation is more entertaining.

  4. 

    HI Rob,

    Love the creative thinking behind your words. It’s amazing how words come together. Thanks for the laugh,

    Gary

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