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When I was little, I was convinced I made up the word "distinctive" and was very upset when my sister showed it had already been printed in a 1971 dictionary. I used the word basically to describe everything - I had no concept of its real meaning. Did any of you make up a word when you were a kid or what words did you completely screw up?
08-26-1999, 04:48 PM
Though I didn't make it up, I liked "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" when I was a kid.
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08-26-1999, 04:59 PM
My friends and I have our own language... some words:
Schnifty: same meaning as nifty, but sounds cooler
Beautimous: even more beautiful than beautiful
Smark: smoke, either "to smoke" or "do you have one you'll bum to me"
there are more, they're escaping me...
Veni, Vidi, Visa ... I came, I saw, I bought.
08-26-1999, 05:49 PM
I frequently refer to beer as "tarsky" after the last name of Belushi's Animal House character (oops, forgot--he was playing himself in that one), Blutarsky (sp?). A friend of mine used to use it but I'm not sure he made it up either.
08-26-1999, 06:01 PM
My friends and I use the word 'Barong' a lot. I think it might be based on a chinese word but don't know what dilect group it might be. It means: all the crap you have to take with you. Can be used for multipurposes 'cause no matter where you're going there's some barong to take with.
08-26-1999, 06:33 PM
strop as in "look out i'm gonna strop it!" a combination of slip,stumble, trip and drop. Working in a cabinet shop it gets used a lot, once the other guys heard it they started using it. It is more than just dropping something . it is something big and awkward,slip on a wood scrap, stumble, around and basicaally throw it . Usually winding up in damage. Especially if two people are carrying something awkward one starts to strop it and all the other guy can do is let go and get out of the way. my kids came up with 'boppies' for pickes over 20 years ago we still use it without thinking,even around other people who have no idea what we are talking about.
"Pardon me while I have a strange interlude."-Marx
08-26-1999, 06:39 PM
"Sidewalk strip"--the lawn or planter area between the sidewalk and the curb.
"Unnhhh!" (interjection)--very private word, referring to a female's voluptuous appearance (including hourglass shape, powerful-looking arms, strong voice). Pronounced like a throaty grunt, but not in the presence of others.
08-26-1999, 06:53 PM
Shinky... it's the sound and feel of taffeta, and extrapolated to the experience of wearing it. As in "I won't be in your wedding if I have to wear a shinky dress."
The reason gentlemen prefer blondes is that there are not enough redheads to go around.
08-26-1999, 07:16 PM
I coined the word "transphylite" to refer to someone who wants a species change operation.
If the word ever becomes necessary ("Doctor, I need the operation. I'm a dog trapped in the body of a human!"), the OED will have to quote me first.
08-26-1999, 07:33 PM
I invented the word "schplank." This can be a slap to the head, the sound of a heavy object falling into a body of standing liquid, or it can be used as stand-alone trashtalk ("Oh! Schplank!" or, "He just schplanked you!"). The adjective form of the word ("schplanky") is an equivilant expression to "fubar." My friends and i use this word more frequently than you might think, and it has served us well. Thank you.
08-26-1999, 07:51 PM
"coolth": the opposite of warmth e.g. "I'm enjoying the coolth now that fall is here."
"feebile": the combined physical-mental helplessness of advanced age. Derives from feeble, febrile, and senile
"doinky-doink": the action of one's eyeballs bulging out in astonishment.
"guzzoline": what you fill up your car with.
"dain bramage": the cause of something really stupid you did.
"flavorite": the particular variety of a food you prefer. e.g. "Chocolate ice cream's my flavorite."
08-26-1999, 09:37 PM
My mom would make a package to send and if it weighed too much, she would smallerit.
Nerdlies:styrofoam packing bits, peanuts, any shape at all
08-26-1999, 11:31 PM
My cross country team used to refer to feces as a "dougan" Not sure where it came from, but some guy on teh team just started saying "Don;t step in the dougan" when refering to some dog poo, after a while we all used it as a sort of slang for all kinds of poop. "Man, I gotta take a dougan." Coach used it, all teammembers used it. It dies off after the end of teh season, but I always thought it was a cool word.
Jason R Remy
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08-27-1999, 12:25 AM
There are enough words in the English language without having a bunch of sniglators clutter up our speakage.
08-27-1999, 12:32 AM
"Coolth" was actually invented by Natalie Babbit and used in one of her children's books. (I believe it was *Bedknob and Broomstick*, but I could be wrong) And "guzzoline" was definitely used in the movie *The Road Warrior* as futuristic Aussie slang for gasoline.
bop--what you say when someone does something stupid or embarrassing or makes a mistake.
ex. guy trips on a curb.
ex. john doe: No, that can't be, because Paris isn't in Fran...uh..
08-27-1999, 09:12 AM
And all that really sticky stuff has "gription.
Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
- Ambrose Bierce
08-27-1999, 09:49 AM
when i was a little girl i had my own 'language'.
the words i can remember... my word for 'book' was YO-YO, and if i wanted to color in my coloring book i'd do that sound you can do with your tongue against your upper lip.
my mother was convinced until a few years ago when we were playing a tough game of Balderdash that the word "MISLED" could be shortened by dropping the 'd' and the word "MISLE" could be used as a verb....
"You know," she said, "to mislead someone, to 'misle'". Ha! Ha! My mother is otherwise a woman of great intelligence.
08-27-1999, 10:01 AM
When my one of my boys rips one, I tell the to stop being "stankly".
Boinkin - sex.
Scriggily - When the TV acts up.
Toot - Reefer
You're leakin - What we say at work when someone's phone is ringing.
Coarse and violent nudity. Occasional language.
And I thought I invented "coolth" too. Go figure. The one word I've made up is "scrubble." When I haven't shaved in a couple days, my face gets lots o' stubble, and I look scruffy. Therefore, my face is full of scrubble.
08-27-1999, 01:39 PM
My younger brother came up with "ludicrity" to denote how ludicrous something was.
My friends and I make a distinction between "I'm starving" and "I'm starfing". The latter means you're really, really hungry.
Hork means to gobble something up without sharing. "Man, you're horking all the cheetos!"
"I'm surprised that you've never been told before, that you're lovely, that you're perfect, and that somebody wants you." - Semisonic, f.n.p
08-27-1999, 02:02 PM
Threepeat. Pay me money.
"non sunt multiplicanda entia praeter necessitatem"
08-27-1999, 03:24 PM
Read in a magazine about a Freudian typo in a survey on what women liked and disliked in men - one women doesn't like:
The reason gentlemen prefer blondes is that there are not enough redheads to go around.
08-27-1999, 10:30 PM
I made up "equalism" because I didn't like the word "feminism." Too much emphasis on females, instead of basic equality. I also don't know a word that means "opposition to racism" or "opposition to gay-bashing" and I can use it for all of these purposes.
I also made up "gfurble" to mean some unidentified object that doesn't really matter. It is also the monetary unit of the planet Nerfl'x.
I didn't make this up, but I use it a lot. In aviation, Foreign Object Damage is a big problem. The phrase is often shortened to FOD, and posted on walls with a big slash through it. The word fod evolved to mean an object or person whose mere presence causes damage.
08-28-1999, 10:32 PM
"peosh", describing something that's both nice and shitty
08-29-1999, 07:07 PM
At a small Division I university situated along the southeast Atlantic coast, my friends and I saw many a very attractive female forms stroll along the sandy shores. While at the beach, whenever one of us saw a head-turner coming into our field of vision, we would say, "RENOB!" to alert the others. Renob is "boner" backwards.
"Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'"
E A Poe
I just used technignorant a few minutes ago to describe my lack of computer knowledge. I'm afraid that will shortened and I wil become a technigger. Before somebody gets offended, let's just drop an "n" and call it techignorant. Thus, when it gets shlanged down (shaved down in slang usage) I will hopefully become a tigger.
08-30-1999, 09:04 AM
TIC = tongue in cheek
08-30-1999, 10:39 AM
g'dunge=sound of a 10 ton safe landing on the sidewalk after falling from the top floor of the Empire State Building, or, by exaggeration, other impressively destructive impact events.
squished=squashed for the purpose of making it fit; although I think I've heard others use it
skwunched=squashed and crunched, e.g. auto fender after car accident
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08-30-1999, 02:22 PM
Some childhood words:
"Boing-boing"--a series of ripples in a puddle, during rain. I coined this because of the similarity to a coil spring.
"Space"--a floating bubble, usually accompanying a "boing-boing." Got name because of similarity to the part of the planet Saturn above the ring structure.
"Tutfk"--referring to Aunt Bee of the Andy Griffith Show. The word sounds like a hen's cluck, and she seemed to regard Andy and Opie--along with Barney, Goober, etc., as her "chicks" in a sense.
This isn't really a word, but an expression coined by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold of the Bob & Tom radio show on Q-95 in Indianapolis. They said that the new name for Disneyland was "Six Flags over Walt's Frozen Dead Ass." ;)
08-30-1999, 03:51 PM
Flumped: what our cat does when she decides it's too much effort walking. She flumps on to the carpet.
08-30-1999, 03:52 PM
Oh, Phouka, wasn't "Horking" on the movie Strange Brew? I remember some variant in there but it may have a different connotation.
08-30-1999, 05:17 PM
I'm not sure if its a word or not, but when I was on the rowing team back in HS we used the word "Bisweptual" for those who could row on both Port and Starboard sides. I got a little bi-curious one day and decided to switch sides and go bi. (sounds kinky, but its not) Those who get a bit nutty and can row in a single, and both port and starboard in a rowing shell are "Trisweptual". And no, i'm not tri.
"I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information."-- Calvin and Hobbes
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08-31-1999, 04:07 AM
Barong - The national dress of the Philippines (Made of a sheer cloth with lots of embroidery), or a dance from Indonesia.
As for me, i have made up my own language, and continue to work on it.
A couple of the words from the language are: Hima - plant. Himisura - Botanist :).
08-31-1999, 09:19 AM
Pongpay the poopay from your behonkus because that is mihkeebluh and looks quite ricky.
Yes, my family actually knows what this means
Poopay- a wedgie
Pongpay- the act of pulling out a wedgie
Ricky- retarded... a play on the name Ricky Ricardo from "I Love Lucy". Ricardo= retardo and later was just shortened to ricky. My eldest sister uses this most.
There are many more, but these are just the ones that I will share.
09-01-1999, 06:43 PM
Words I've Made Up:
As soon as I decide what these mean, I'll let you know.
09-01-1999, 07:45 PM
Friend came up with the perfect word to describe a totally over-the-top spiritual/vegetarian/rawfoods/bondwithnature/holistic healing/meditating, etc etc etc:
I am #1. Everyone else is #2 or lower.
09-01-1999, 09:34 PM
Not very creative, but one I sometimes use:
"Finitiative": the ability to finish things.
Kobolde, die sich mit rotheissen Schuereisen unter Aussenaborten verbergen.
09-01-1999, 11:56 PM
I didn't make up any but I used one from a tv show about this very subject. It had dan cortez in it so needlessly to sa it didn't last
encribbits (n' crib itz) -- in addittion to
You people are all old now, there is a thing called a generation gap.
now go and shave off your gotees -- Ptrick M O'Neill (that's me!)
09-01-1999, 11:58 PM
correction my name is Patrick M O'Neill
not ptrick M O'Neill
09-02-1999, 11:24 PM
My sisters and I invented the word "woogy", meaning "of or pertaining to our dog, Snowball" a creature who is otherwise pretty undescribable. When I was in elementary school, I tried to invent a new word for really cool: "dudical". It did not catch on. In later life, I became well known for coining new terms on the spot, as needed. I have forgotten most of these. The only exception is when somebody criticized me for this habit. Did I get defensive? Angry? Hot under the collar? No! I simply replied "That's right, I'm a logonuminator!" They went away, leaving the field to me. Also, I have a friend who refers to the microwave oven as a- and this cracks me up every time- nuclywave. Anyway, bye for now, gotta, uh, cyberambulate on.
09-05-1999, 12:16 AM
Friend came up with the perfect word to describe a totally over-the-top
spiritual/vegetarian/rawfoods/bondwithnature/holistic healing/meditating, etc etc etc:
frookymakarooky Works perfectly.
Well Stoid, we just use "Granola" here at my University :)
09-15-1999, 04:44 PM
Since childhood, the three of us, my brother, sister, and I, have used "chop," meaning a good putdown or a squelch.
For example: an item I clipped from Mad once about a customer in a French restaurant.
Waiter (French accent): Monsieur, you are having trou-bull? May I help?
Customer: Yes! This menu seems to be printed in a foreign language and I can't understand it.
Waiter. Oh yes! This is an authentic Fransh restaurant! The cuisine, the décor, the ambience, are in French! Everysing here is en français!
Customer: Great! Then I'll pay the bill in some authentic French money I have left over from my European trip!
Waiter (in harsh Brooklyn accent): ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR COTTON-PICKIN' MIND???!!!
In the last panel I drew a thought balloon over the smirking customer, reading: "What a chop!" ;)
"If you drive an automobile, please drive carefully--because I walk in my sleep."--Victor Borge
09-15-1999, 05:10 PM
Someone in my group of friends at college invented the word "quiggan" as a name for those little plastic containers of coffee creamer you get at restaurants. My dh and I still call them quiggans.
09-15-1999, 06:25 PM
Squabbit: It's a combination of squirrel and rabbit. The woods behind my girlfriend's house are full of squirrels and rabbits and I picked it up from her family. Now I catch myself using it in conversation with other people, and needless to say getting some really weird reactions.
09-15-1999, 07:07 PM
A few from my household-
Squidgy- covered with dog spit/slime
We had a toy frisbee for our Rott that said "Squidgy Disk" on it that would get totally slimy from him chewing it, so the name stuck.
Here's a few from childhood- don't know if they're made up from my parents or real words. Let me know if anyone has heard them..
Poochies (pronounced "puch", not "pooch")
a pair of slippers. My whole family says this.
A Blivit - (You look like a blivit)or (I feel like a blivit)- 10lbs of shit in a 5lb bag.
Yaga Bag- a mesh like bag for carrying stuff. (This is a Mom ism...)
Anyone recognize these words??
Run for the hills, folks! Or you'll be up to your armpits in martians!
09-15-1999, 08:27 PM
Instead of saying OB/GYN, which always sounds hacked up, I call this doctor and Obstecologist It has a nicer flow to it.
09-15-1999, 10:53 PM
When I was little and my mom put my hair up in a ponytail, I called those lumpy spots that never lay down right "rumples".
Diana, as for "toot" I used to use that one too, but we were usually tooting up our schnozzes. <sighs at days gone by>
09-16-1999, 09:39 AM
When my daughter was one year old, I started to call her Shnotsky....I suppose it was an aftermath of her flu..=). The name stuck, she is six now..
09-16-1999, 11:31 AM
well, let's see...I came up with "wiseassery" about three weeks ago, as a term for what I'm really good at. ;) I just like the sound of it.
"Krang"- 1. v. to get smacked down at something. 2. n. a sound effect simular to "crash"
"Dar" - Simular to the phrase "As if", this is a stand alone exclamation I use in response to an idiot or an idiotic saying or event. Genrally the "a" is stretched for dramitic effect. "Daaaarrrr!" (I got this one from the title character's name in Beastmaster.)
"Goatknocker"- Do I really have to explain this one?
You say "cheesy" like that's a BAD thing.
Although I didnt make it up, I really enjoy saying the word 'linoleum' out loud. 8^)
Don Juan the Latin Lover
06-27-2000, 06:46 PM
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