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April 04, 2012

New Words And Unwords

There's about a million words in the English language, though most of use about 2,000 unique words in any given week. But even with that many words...

...sometimes we have a concept or an experience, or maybe even an object that doesn't have a name.

And yes, that means I have found yet another cool language centered website.

But before I give it to you, here are some examples of how useful this could be.

How about 'backspackle"; this would be the trail of water and mud down one's back when riding a bike without fenders.

Or how about if you have a double sink and water goes down one drain and up the other? You could call that water 'backspubble". Or how about 'bacne" - which refers to acne on one's back. And what about 'barp' which means to burp and vomit at the same time?

If you have an idea or experience that still needs a term or word, you can send it to Unwords (http://www.unwords.com/).

If you are looking for a word related to a particular category, check out their topic list here - http://www.unwords.com/view/topics.html.

Here are some of my favorites from the insult category; 'Asianly' could be used to describe the unique way Asians do something. Or how about 'blarg' to describe a blog full of bland or predictable ramblings. Here's one of my favorites; what word do you use to describe someone who pushes a door when it says PULL, or who, after several people have tried a locked door, has to try himself 'just to make sure'? The word 'doork' (or 'dourk') seems to fit.

Here's another favorite - 'foxymoron' is used to describe someone who is good looking but undeniably stupid, and whose presence causes contradictory feelings of attraction and repulsion.

After all, are you a 'googru'? That would be someone who knows everything - but only because they look it up on Google.

Have you ever had a really bad day? That could be your ‘kharmageddon’ – when all the bad stuff you’ve done catches up with you at one time - a compilation of karma.

Here’s a word you should be able to use: ‘nunja’ - a nun trained in martial arts.

If you come up with a memorable or useful word, feel free to send it here - https://secure.nanovox.com/unwords/view/submitword.html.

As always, send us any words or phrases that make you crazy and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


Also, Morf just might be available to visit your school or agency this coming summer. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at April 4, 2012 12:44 AM


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