Neologisms

For my (and perhaps your) amusement, a collection of neologisms.

As far as I know I made all of these up, either on purpose of from found typos by myself or others.

surmission (nouning of surmise) (n.)– the product of surmising, i.e. an inference based on scanty evidence or contestable premises. “It is my surmission that since everything is on the internet, we can cancel all our print subscriptions.”

obbreviate (obfuscate + abbreviate) (v.)– to obsfuscate by using an ambiguous, obscure, or misleading abbreviation or acronym. “I just got another memo from HR and they obbreviated so many terms I can’t understand what it is about.” obbreviation (n.): an obfuscatory abbreviation or acronym

disgussion (discussion + disgust) (n.) — to segue a discussion into a venting session about the state of the profession, the workplace, or coworkers. “We were just having a disgussion about the new tardiness policy.” Disguss (v.): to have a disgussion. “Yeah, I read the memo but I don’t have time to disguss it right now.”

suscitation (n.) (resuscitation – re-)– To give support or life to, by extraordinary means. “Our blog is now open for respectful and positive comments on this proposal. Please commence nose-to-anus suscitation.”

anniversity (n.) (anniversary + adversity)– the anniversay of a painful, difficult, or traumatic event. “We’re celebrating our tenth anniversity this week.”

tardine (n.) (sardine + retard; possibly also derived from tardiness)– Idiotic, sheltered, or ineffective office workers, generally used by management to disparage staff. “Send out a tardiness memo to the tardines.”

UPDATE: Apparently surmission has already been coined, almost six years ago according to the Urban dictionary. Shit.

And suscitation is apparently a real word. Double shit. I still really like disgussion though.

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  1. Very nice! Being something of a word snob, I commend you on your creativity!

  2. […] of geekiness though – I came across this very funny blog post just before which is a list of neologisms that really should be used in everyday language. […]

  3. And thus does our language grow. I find that one can get away with almost any word these days as long as the speaker knows what he is talking about. I have coined the words librate and libration–librate = to perform the duties and actions of a librarian. libration–the act of librating.

    • “Librate” & “Libration” are already words with another meaning but I do endorse your new uses of them! We needed a word or what we do.

      “You’re a librarian? What do you do?”
      “I librate,” he said. And thought, “Obviously.”

      Well, I should really get back to librating, my break is almost over!

      • Thanks for the advice on keeping up with blogs! And thanks too for the compliment on my blog’s layout/design. I’m really a bit of an amateur, though. I owe it all to Blogger’s template designer!


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