Don't be a snerd, or a lumpkin find out which are the 10 best non-dictionary words according to Mirriam-Webster. Some of you may even find it sinspiring.
Where's my fav? Chagrimace !
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Johnny, stop your snadriveling and sunch it up like a man.
Farkle: He was so inept, he farkled the whole thing up.
You're lessing with my head, man
Cute - thanks.
As a word fiend, I have an instinctive dislike of "neologisms" when people use them to avoid taking the time to improve their vocabulary with existing words.
At the same time, I do enjoy the ones that people blurt out, unawares.
STAGMIRE - I heard a news item once where someone said that a political process was "in a stagmire."
INSIDUOUS - Someone I know said (and was quoted on radio) that something rather shifty and untruthful was "insiduous."
And (confession time) I have contributed to the genre of neologism myself. I coined the term SLUBTLETY (adj. SLUBTLE), which refers to the quality of covert communication with somebody else's date at a gathering.
GOTTA PUT IT SOMEWHERE
What, ginormous isn't a real word?
Chillax is my favorite from that group. Although it might be confused for a cold, cutting tool.
Ginormous is in Chambers 9th edition 2003.
Snirt is in as a smothered laugh. (Scottish)
What about smirkle, a cross between a smirk, and a chuckle? Never seen one. Ask G dub, he coined the expression.
I upchuckle at that one
ubber pronounced oober meaning super
Frequently used sarcastically is uuberific.
How bout super-cala-fragilastic-exbe-alidocious?
Sarah, you're not the only one who brought Mary Poppins into the discussion.
Read the last two paragraphs here:
The bike riders got pissed off at me when I called them Pedalphiles, so I guess THAT one ain't goin' in !
Oh, I thought that meant flower follower.
It's not UBBER pronounced OOBER.
It's the German word Über, meaning over, as in Überwältigen, meaning overwhelm, and Überführung, meaning overpass, and Übertreiben, meaning exaggerate.
It's a perfectly ordinary word and prefix in perfectly ordinary German, but beware when you use this neo-prefix (in English) that it carries with it (for English-speakers) echoes of "Deutschland Über Alles," the Nazi anthem, and of Nietzsche's "Superman" (Übermensch).
When I first heard it used in English (20-plus years ago), it was used with awareness of the overtones. It meant "monstrous and/or presumptuous" and was used mockingly of someone demanding ultimate authority or prestige without deserving it.
Since then, I hear it used as a mere superlative, but it's a shame to lose the connotations.
(FYI, the overtone in German is Unterton.)
over is under?
Sounds Uberwellian to me !
Stop your grumplaining and get on with your life.
Sounds Orsonwellian to me
Sounds Oh Wellian! to me.
I had a dog named farkle once, but he ran away and joined a cartoon.
That's a real slinger.
A zinger that misses the mark.
A headache caused by the husband's new e.d. medication.