Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Steve Evans: Neologisms 22-25

SNIGLET: a term invented by comedian Rich Hall for a "word that should be in the dictionary, but isn't." A few examples: doork, a person who pushes on a door marked "pull", lotshock, the act of parking your car, walking away, and then watching it roll past you, pupkus, the moist residue left on a window after a dog presses its nose to it.

DAFFYNITION: a pun coined by reinterpreting an existing word. Making up daffynitions is a game on the BBC Radio 4 comedy quiz show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. A few examples: antelope, to run off with your mother’s sister, testicle, an exploratory tickle, scandal, footwear you should be ashamed of, boomerang, what you say to frighten a meringue, pasteurize, too far to see

Consumers plan to stay home more often, taking STAYCATIONS instead of vacations.

"We don't want to get DIXIE-CHICKED. We've invested millions of dollars in the movie."(Dreamworks executive, 2003). dixie-chicked, to suffer economic loss by alienating a constituency.

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