Such and interesting word…ne-ol-o-gism. Psychiatrists use the term to describe words that have special meanings only to the person uttering the word. You know, like babies talk.  Except sometimes adults use “new” words and unfortunately that can be a symptom of schizophrenia.

The street meaning is “a new meaning for an old word.”
That’s the very funny way to become a neologist.  Make up new meanings for words.

The Washington Post just sold to Jeff Bezos. I think the contests the Post used to run will be right up his alley. They are fun and make the paper more interesting. Here’s one of the contests from recent months. I admit…I laughed till I cried…really.


Washington Post Contests

The Washington Post asked its readers to supply alternate meanings for
common words.
The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly
answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run
over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by

13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with

15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), the belief that, when you die, your Soul
flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by
Jewish men.

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4 Responses to NEOLOGISM

  1. Mary says:

    We have “Word of the Day” in my classroom. I should start writing down some of their guesses and add to the list.

  2. mreldrich says:

    I always thought “boozer” was good for a fella unhappy at a sporting event. This was hiarious Dan.

    • bakoheat says:

      After I wrote this post, I discovered the word was in common usage hundreds of years ago. Here’s an exact quote from a Thomas Jefferson letter. “But if dictionaries are to be the arbiters of language, in which of them shall we find neologism? No matter. It is a good word, well sounding, obvious, and expresses an idea, which would otherwise require circumlocution. The reviewer was justifiable, therefore, in using it; although he noted at the same time, as unauthoritative, centrality, grade, sparse; all which have been long used in common speech and writing. I am a friend to neology. It is the only way to give to a language copiousness and euphony.”
      (Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, August 15, 1820)
      If most of us had received that letter from our brilliant founding father, we would have no idea what the hell he was talking about.

  3. joanraymondwriting says:

    These are great. Thanks for the laugh!

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