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Neologism.

This came to my attention the other day, and thought I would pass it on…

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

 

The winners are:

 

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

 

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

 

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

 

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

 

5. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

 

6. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

 

7. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash

 

8. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

 

9. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

 

10. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

 

11. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by Proctologists.

 

12. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.

 

13. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms

 

14. Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

 

The Washington Post’s Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

 

Here are this year’s winners:

 

1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

 

2. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

 

3. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

 

4. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

 

5. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

 

6. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

 

7. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease.

 

8. Karmageddon (n): It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.

 

9. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

 

10. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

 

11. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

 

12. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

 

13. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

 

14. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.

neologism (from Greek neo = “new” + logos = “word”) is a word that has been devised relatively recently in a specific time period, and has not been accepted into a mainstream language. Neologisms are often directly attributable to a specific person, publication, period, or event. The term neologism was coined in 1803.

Delectable mountains.

Spent some of this evening talking about C.S. Lewis and John Bunyan – great writers who understood how to engage their audience with big ideas using creative narrative. I’m currently reading Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, and wish there were more writers like him around today.

Some of the things I most appreciate about C.S. Lewis:

  • his perceptive understanding of how the human heart functions;
  • his honesty about struggles with faith;
  • his ability to undermine the ploys of the enemy, showing them for what they are;
  • his engaging style of writing.

It’s refreshing to find a book that doesn’t come in the ‘self-help’ style of many Christian books published today.

Tom was showing me the 1866 collection of John Bunyan’s writing he took delivery of today, and we spent some time reading and reflecting on a couple of the paragraphs on salvation and calling: “he chose us… before the foundation of the world”.

Together with Lewis’ writing on our struggle to comprehend eternity – “Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which [God] has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them.” -
I have plenty to be thinking about in the next few weeks.

Delectable Mountains are the mountains covered with sheep in the Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan), from which the pilgrim obtains a view of the Celestial City.