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Neologisms, Sniglets and what not

March 12, 2009

I made up a few neologisms this week.

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.

This blog entry’s comments section  is now at the top of this post (thanks to the new Vigilance Wordpress theme). More sniglets/neologisms to follow on my  Twitter feed.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Mehraj permalink
    March 12, 2009 8:20 pm

    What about Smocializing – A typical office practice of socializing while smoking, usually, just outside the building.

  2. nav permalink
    March 12, 2009 11:02 pm

    Howlarious jai ( I know it does not qualify as a new one,but what the heck)…more please..

  3. Adarsh NC permalink
    March 13, 2009 5:04 am

    How about an article on SMS or Text message language…i saw kids struggling to write exams as they were used to txting and not the textbooks…

  4. March 14, 2009 4:44 am

    I say, very very phunny! you should send off to Reader’s Digest… let them digest it for us. Just thought of this… reader’s digest… sounds really, er, um… detritic (if that’s the word i want)…

  5. Jayanth permalink
    March 17, 2009 6:11 am

    LoLs…too gud Jai. Had a hearty laugh at facsi-mule, esca-later & circumspectacle…whoa fantastic 🙂

  6. April 22, 2009 3:53 pm

    Origasmi: Fun with paper.

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