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Started by GyratingTrampoline on Dec 23, 2019 11:38:47 AM
Thread to coin your own neologisms and to enjoy and be nice about other peoples' neologisms

This thread is intended to be an antidote to threads such as:

"Words that you hate"

"Words generally used incorrectly"

"Daft words and phrases and piss you off hearliy"

"Stupid expressions"

"Words that are pretentious"

"Portmanteau terms of exceptional ugliness"

"Completely made up Management and Teambuilding buzzwords"

GyratingTrampoline - 23 Dec 2019 11:40:09 (#1 of 75)

I submit

Entwangled (portmanteau of entwined and tangled)

Repungent (portmanteau of repugnant and pungent)

RosyLovelady - 23 Dec 2019 11:50:31 (#2 of 75)

< Entwangled (portmanteau of entwined and tangled) >

A friend of mine was probably trying for something like that when (aged about 13) she coined intertwingled, which I still like very much.

ReverendBlueJeans - 23 Dec 2019 11:53:59 (#3 of 75)

A friend of mine was probably trying for something like that when (aged about 13) she coined intertwingled, which I still like very much.

One of my lecturers used that c1978; talking about how causes and effects can become mixed up, indistinguishable because they are, er, intertwingled.

A term for the post-Brexit era: Poxit.

mingmong - 23 Dec 2019 11:57:12 (#4 of 75)

Similar to the Rev's useage of intertwingle: Shwelve - a dynamic and self-perpetuating synegy (e.g. between an economic phenomenon and a social movement; or just a vibe between two people) that appears to develop a life of its own

angelico - 23 Dec 2019 12:04:11 (#5 of 75)

nice thread, GT

FrankieTeardrop - 23 Dec 2019 12:04:30 (#6 of 75)

Yes, a real niread.

FGBFGB - 24 Dec 2019 12:12:32 (#7 of 75)

Not a neologism exactly, but a modified usage for when someone insists on doing something they are not likely to do well, and makes a mess of it: "He's made a right brexit of the decorating. I told him to get a man in. "

GyratingTrampoline - 24 Dec 2019 12:22:47 (#8 of 75)

I have a friend who does that... "this traffic jam is fucking brexit" etc

uranrising - 24 Dec 2019 12:25:33 (#9 of 75)

One I think I coined was a 'word' for the small changes that broadcasters , and PR companies, occasionally come up with.

The changes look close to pointless but do show the vaguest nod to improvement.

Two from Desert Island Discs. Someone came up with replacing "If you could take only one of your 8 records,..." with "If you could run to save only one record from the waves,..."

And there was the brilliant notion of starting the prog with a tiny bit of waves breaking on the shore before the theme tune begins.

I thought to called these morsels "W1As", in honour of the sitcom.

HouseOfLametta - 24 Dec 2019 12:31:16 (#10 of 75)

My wife's chanting friends I call Buddhapests

levelgaze - 24 Dec 2019 12:43:24 (#11 of 75)

Pleurky. Grey and rainy.

ReverendBlueJeans - 24 Dec 2019 15:53:39 (#12 of 75)

'Brosty the day, intit?'

'Brosty' = bright and frosty.

TableTopJoe - 24 Dec 2019 17:19:27 (#13 of 75)

My partner recently heard a small girl instructing her little brother not to tell 'porcupines'.

ReverendBlueJeans - 24 Dec 2019 18:21:51 (#14 of 75)

Now that is good.

I shall use that.

surferbaublewhatever - 25 Dec 2019 17:19:19 (#15 of 75)

There's an estate agents near us called Connells. Years ago, the photos they used in their window often tended to be rather grainy and over-exposed. The phrase "that photo's a bit Connellsy" entered our vocabulary and has never left, although Connells themselves have cleaned up their act a lot.

TrouserFreak - 25 Dec 2019 18:05:59 (#16 of 75)

"Win the argument" - to completely fuck something up or actually die.

GyratingTrampoline - 25 Dec 2019 20:52:36 (#17 of 75)

Today I heard "sprant" as the past tense of sprint

angelico - 26 Dec 2019 10:17:07 (#18 of 75)

When my first kid was born in 1977, we found ourselves searching for a word to describe her mischief, curiosity, willingness to get her hands dirty, and cheerful but tough nature, and the unknown word "scrabbage" was born. For some reason, it just seemed to work. I'm happy to say that all six of my grandkids are also scrabbages.

RosyLovelady - 26 Dec 2019 10:19:05 (#19 of 75)

Scrabbage is a brilliant word.

angelico - 26 Dec 2019 10:21:07 (#20 of 75)

And that's what they are.

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