Neologisms, Sniglets and what not
I made up a few neologisms this week.
A neologism (IPA: /niˈɒləˌdʒɪzəm/; from Greek neo ‘new’ + logos ‘word’) is a newly coined word that may be in the process of entering common use.( Strictly speaking, since I just made these up , they’re still ‘protologisms‘ but what the heck.) The Reader’s Digest also calls these sniglets* . I’ve slotted them under two categories :
I . NeWlogisms (Neologisms generated by adding/removing/replacing a letter in common words ) :
newlogism (n) : (recursive definition) a newlogism of ‘neologism’. See above.
facsimule (n) : The guy at work who sits closest to the fax machine and therefore runs your fax errands. He’s the one who’s constantly asked (on the phone) : “Hey buddy, could you check if there’s a fax for me?” OR “Is the fax machine working?”
esca-later (n) : Someone who runs away from an important task by putting it off for the next day.
ghosht (n) : Dead meat.
glin (v) : Give a fake, wide smile for the flashbulbs.
im-bra-glio (n) : Tangled mess of brassieres in the underwear drawer.
chelf (n) : kitchen cabinet.
mjopia (n) : The affliction, in which one constantly pines for the fjords.
II . Regular Neologisms
tee-hee (n) : Polite laughter after witnessing a golf swing-and-miss.
circumspectacle (n) : When the Jewishman’s fly is open in public…
printerval (n) : The agonizing few seconds after clicking on the ‘Print’ button, before the printer whines into action. Usually followed by clackophony (n) : the music of the printer trays.
autorickshaw-fu (n) : The uncanny ability to instantly summon an autorickshaw and direct it’
s driver to a destination of your choice, taking the most optimum route possible , without getting cheated.
(Update : 16th March 2009) :
* The term ‘sniglet’ was created by writer/actor/comedian Rich Hall. I’d say Reader’s Digest helped popularize it a great deal.