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
ANNUAL NEOLOGISM CONTEST
The Washington Post asked its readers to supply alternate meanings for
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