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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

7:26PM - Neologism: parafnordia

I bring a humble fnord offering:

parafnordia: An uneasy fear of something that one cannot quite name, caused by something that one cannot quite see, inspired by Robert Anton Wilson's use of the word "fnord", which is a cause of widespread uneasiness, fear, and unrest in printed literature.

I totally take credit for making it up, as it doesn't turn up on Google and a friend of mine declared that it was "a cool new word" when I coined it. :)

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Ever heard of a sniglet? It's a word that should be in the dictionary, but isn't. There's a community to share your creations, and join in the conversation about sniglets! join us!


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

11:30AM - wilfing

Two out of three British Internet users lose significant portions of their time to irrelevant web browsing, a study said on Tuesday.

Workers confronted with the almost unlimited pool of online information become distracted and begin "wilfing," short for "What Was I Looking For?".

--from "Aimless workers 'wilfing' through cyberspace"

Saturday, January 6, 2007

8:28PM - Maturismo

Ursula LeGuin for the win:

There should be a word - "maturismo", like "machismo"? - for the anxious savagery of the intellectual who thinks his adulthood has been impugned.

LeGuin, Ursula K. 'Imaginary Friends.' The New Statesman 18 Dec. 2006.

Audio version of the article downloadable here.

Current mood: contemplative

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

12:15PM - I love it!

Here's a link, if your like me!


Tuesday, September 5, 2006


Robotic neologism hunter:

A program that works out the meaning of newly coined words using the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia could help machines understand the slang used in blogs and other informal texts...

Monday, August 21, 2006

10:02AM - Rare term

Has anyone ever encountered "rem-daw sheath"?

Here is the definition found in EISENBERG, Myron G., Dictionary of Rehabilitation, New-York, Springer Publishing Company, 1995:

A nylon stump sock impregnated with lanolin, worn under a regular stump sock in order to reduce friction. Known mainly in the UK.

My question is, what does "rem-daw" mean?

Friday, July 14, 2006

10:22AM - Rejuvenile

"Author Christopher Noxon talks about a new breed of parents that he calls 'rejuveniles' and the phenomenon that has these adults hanging on to their youth."

--Rejuvenile: Why Adults Are Attracted to Kid Stuff

Friday, July 7, 2006

8:16AM - Link

A link to a brief article that might be of interest to this community:

The Richness of Language, Enshrined

Thursday, July 6, 2006

3:24PM - glocalized

"The evidence shows that Internet users are becoming 'glocalized,' heavily involved inboth local and long-distance relationships."

--Barry Wellman. "The Internet in Everyday Life." 2003

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

2:22AM - some new ones

Minus: A mentally retarded person.

Minus Games: The Special Olympics.

Minus Mobile: Short bus.

Friday, May 26, 2006

12:37PM - Freegan

"Some call them 'dumpster divers,' others brand them 'skip lickers,' but Ross Parry and Ash Falkingham like to count themselves among the Freegans -- a growing band of foragers who seek to live entirely from the waste of others."

--Freegans forage for food in bins

Sunday, May 7, 2006

6:01PM - ... and your frenemies closer

Globe and Mail, 6May06

Article  Definition


Wednesday, May 3, 2006


Here's a new one: administrivia - boring, petty admistrative stuff that nonetheless needs to be dealt with. I found it at Edward Vielmetti's Superpatron blog.

Current mood: blah

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

2:06PM - Emailoncholia

I am trying to promote this word, which was coined by Paul, a friend of mine, and even won him a prize from the Independent newspaper (UK), yet hasn't caught on like perhaps it should have done.

The definition is fairly obvious - "emailoncholia" is a profound and more or less permanent emotional state brought about by e-mail related troubles : getting too many, none at all, or not the right ones. I think its a word that's in line with the Zeitgeist, and applicable over a broad area. It could catch on - given the logic of complexity-theory - with just a little directed pushing and hawking...what does anyone else think? My friend has largely disowned it, he feels its not very memorable, and is certain it won't catch on. But I disagree - could see it as a song-title, for instance...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

1:59PM - advertorial

I came across the word "advertorial" across the top of what appeared to be an article in a magazine today. It turns out that it's a somewhat commonly used word to refer to an advertisement in the form of an editorial. It even has a Wikipedia entry.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006


I'm writing a diploma devoted to neologisms of the English language.
Could you help me with some literature (theory) /sources devoted to neologisms (examples)?
I would be so glad, as i am supposed to finish this paper within this month and i'm horrified..
Please help me :)

Monday, February 20, 2006

3:39PM - Salsified

"Caramelo is a crazy, funny, and remarkable folk-saga of Mexican migrants told by a curious little girl who has the wisdom of an old grandma. Beginning on Highway 66, it's a salsified variant on the Joad family's odyssey, zigzagging from Chicago to Mexico City and back."

--Studs Terkel, on the back cover of Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

Monday, January 23, 2006

1:01PM - Webinar

"Blended learning can utilize all types of resources and formats, such as online articles, classroom training, Web-based courses, Webinars, CD-ROMs, video, EPSS systems, simulations, as well as books, job aids, conference calls, documents, and Powerpoint."

--Pollack, Miriam. "Class Dismissed." connect Fall 2005.

Friday, January 13, 2006

12:58PM - Neology on TV

Thought this crowd might like this: Neologisms on The Simpsons

My particular favorites: retirony and beginulate

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