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Monday, February 11, 2008

Wordage....

I "found" this page a few days ago at work and had to stop reading after a few minutes because I was laughing so hard.

I introduce you to Sniglets

I've copied a few examples here for your enjoyment. These are ones that resonate with me. However I highly recommend heading over to the whole list as there are many, many more. (Note: the indented comments are my own)

Sniglet (snig'lit) - n. Any word that doesn't appear in the dictionary, but should.

Anticiparcellate (an ti si par' sel ate) - v. Waiting until the mailman is several houses down the street before picking up the mail, so as not too appear too anxious.

  • I've never been sure why I do this. Perhaps it's because if I'm home when the mail is delivered I'm probably still in my jammies.
Blivett (blih' vit) - v. To turn one's pillow over and over, looking for the cool spot.
  • Futile.
Carperpetuation (kar' pur pet u a shun) - n. The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance.
  • There has to be an anthropologist with an answer to this one. I suspect laziness (and yes I do this).
Ellacelleration: The mistaken belief that repeatedly pressing the elevator button will make it go faster
  • When I worked in a hospital the maintenance man would yell at the nursing staff for doing this. His office was right next to the elevator shaft and every time we pushed the button he would hear the clacking sound from his desk. Repeated pushing would produce a charming percussion beat for his pleasure - clack clackity clackity clack. We also broke the button faceplate innumerable times.
Fictate (fik' tayt) - v. To inform a television or screen character of impending danger under the assumption they can hear you.
  • "You asshole, don't open that.... Told you that would happen."
Furbling - v. Having to wander through a maze of ropes at an airport or bank even when you are the only person in line.
  • And feeling like a complete tool in the process.
Genderplex - n. The predicament of a person in a restaurant who is unable to determine his or her designated restroom (e.g. turtles and tortoises).
  • Pointers and Setters, John and Yoko, a picture of a boob and a penis; these are all examples that I've seen. Not confusing so much as silly.
Idiolocator n.- The symbol on a mall or amusement park map representing "You Are Here"
  • Marketing idea: A rented GPS embedded in a map so you carry around your own "you are here". Have it programmable in some way so that you can also see the locations of people you are with. "Hey we lost John and Mary, no here they are over at the roller coaster of sure death"
Maggit (mag' it) - n. Any of the hundreds of subscription cards that fall from the pages of a magazine. (pl. MAGGREGATE)
  • I usually remove these cards (along with perfume cards and other card stock inserts) before I read a magazine. They drive me nuts!
Phonesia (fo nee' zhuh) - n. The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.
  • And you hope you recognize the voice at the other end. Not so much a problem anymore with an lcd display on the phone.
Prestofrigeration or Snacktrek: The peculiar habit, when searching for a snack, of constantly returning to the refrigerator in hopes that something new will have materialized.
  • Isn't there a chef living in the fridge?
Squatic Diversion (skwa' tik dy vur' zhun) - n. Any pretended activity that commands a dog owner's attention while the dog relieves itself on a neighbor's lawn.
  • It's not polite to watch.
Wikipedia definition and more examples.

1 comment:

Information said...

Hah - these are fantastic! We should work on some Vlib-specific sniglets.

- Kay