Putting something by the door is my SECRET WEAPON. Actually still doesn’t always work

Posted by Lizzie on 03/02/13

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Prepidatious

preh-pih-DAY-shus, adj.1.

Overreadiness in the face of anxiety. “The night before the marathon, Leonard’s prepidatious state led him to set three alarms and put his sneakers by the door.” See also: Survile (checks repeatedly that a task has been completed); chorder (follows a completed checklist).

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Oh, so temporary!

Posted by Lizzie on 02/21/13

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(FRANG-kwull-eh-tee), adj.

1. Calm after the air is cleared. ‘‘Edmund’s brief franquility was shattered when, once he’d confessed to loving Edna, Trish told him she’d spent his bonus on an end table.’’ See also: Frankle (to annoy by telling the truth); wrankles (lines from grudges).

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I was too stardy to make the farmers market today, SIGH

Posted by Lizzie on 12/01/12

Always setting off late. “To show up on time, Gene began telling his stardy wife, Blanche, that parties started an hour earlier than they did.” See also: Chronstant (always on time); reliabail (always cancels).

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Have cut these down to 4 months, TOPS, SOMETIMES

Posted by Lizzie on 11/23/12

FLAG-UH-KNEE, n.1. Guilt over an unanswered e-mail. “Consumed with flagony, Jin stared again at her college roommate’s lengthy update.” See also: sendriloquist (avid forwarder); e-mass (store e-mails in in-box).

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A Very Patriotic That Should Be A Word

Posted by Lizzie on 11/17/12

(WE-ZILL-EE-ANTS) n.

1. Power gained by coming together. “The northeast faced Hurricane Sandy with wesilience, neighbors helping each other before the storm even hit.” See also: Gleelectricity (joy at your power returning); exuberinse (joy at hot water).

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“Pard” was “Pardner.” My father said this was “Hard.”

Posted by Lizzie on 11/11/12

(SHLEH-purd), n., v.

1. Person burdened with transport. “Until her classmates passed driver’s ed, Portia was the designated shlepard.” See also: Shlepicenter (commuter’s destination).

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Special Election Edition

Posted by Lizzie on 11/04/12

 

(skam-PAIN), n., v.

1. A deceitful path to election. “The candidate’s speech kept fact-checkers up all night tweeting objections to her scampaign.” See also: Conswervative (tacks left when convenient); fauxialist (liberal in name only).

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This Is Not About You. Probably

Posted by Lizzie on 10/28/12

1. To stay married out of a sense of duty. “Four kids and constant bickering had turned Jeanine and Henrique’s romance into mutual martyrmony.” See also: Boudwar dispute originating in bedroom.

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I am this sometimes

Posted by Lizzie on 10/13/12

(PUR-suh-NA-ler-GEE), n.

1. An individual who derives their sense of self from a health condition. “Tanya, a flagrant personallergy, repeatedly steered the first-date conversation back to her gluten intolerance.” See also: Hipochondriac (always suspects they have a trendy disease).
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I think there are probably 9,000 good words for this, but I have been reading a lot of historical romance

Posted by Lizzie on 10/06/12

CLAW-stirred, adj.1. The state of being lost after having been put in a safe place. “It took Louise three years to discover her clostered diamond earrings in a paper bag under the sink.” See also: Dumfind (to locate the object).

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When you find yourself trying to distinguish between PRIMAL and PALEO

Posted by Lizzie on 09/28/12

To examine your food intake closely. “Jane spent an hour ingestigating if she could eat lentils while on the Paleo diet.” See also: Bitemize (count calories); snackslide (cheat).

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I have needed this word FOR A VERY LONG TIME

Posted by Lizzie on 09/21/12

STINK-you-buss, n.1. The source of a mysterious stench. “Jamal realized his kitchen’s stinkubus was the organic carrots he left in the crisper for six weeks.” See also: Reekon (to seek the culprit).

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I did finally get ahold of Molly’s awesome suede boots, though!

Posted by Lizzie on 09/16/12

Wherein I take to the New York  Times Magazine’s Sixth Floor blog to explain how I got to….

Part of coining a good neologism is being able to truly understand what the word is about — to give a laugh of recognition at the experience. But being neither a famous person to whom terrible things happen nor a famous person who has switched careers, I just couldn’t do it. I tried to get inside the head of Molly, who’s about as down-to-earth as you can get. But she remains, to me, the girl dancing in the hallway with bee-stung lips and awesome boots, and am I the one at home, just trying to keep up.

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(Also — me and my nephew, on Wellfleet, “prooling.”)

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My dream is for Chris Matthews to get so drunk he uses one of these

Posted by Lizzie on 09/14/12

1. To dig into a candidate’s past for dirt. See also: fundruse (perpetuate lies to raise money); gafftermath (fallout from a blunder); spintervention (strategic response).

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More on Molly soon!

Posted by Lizzie on 09/09/12

 

FAN-throw-pa-MORE-fize, v.1. To confuse celebrity behavior with that of ordinary humans. “David laughed at his wife for fanthropormophizing Molly Ringwald to the extent that she believed they shared the same skin regime.” See also: Fanalyst dissects celebrity behavior.

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Editor: HINT

Posted by Lizzie on 09/01/12

(BANK-st), n.

1. Profound financial anxiety. “Leo was so stricken with bangst that he crumpled up his A.T.M. receipts without looking at them.” See also: Cashtigate (condemn spending); explainditure (justify spending); moanetize (beg for funds).

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Writing this immediately generated a lostly. FINDLING PLEASE!

Posted by Lizzie on 08/26/12

1. An orphaned object. “Vacuuming under his bed yielded Kurt a bevy of findlings, including two missing socks, his wife’s earring and a phone charger.” See also: Thinkquisition (self-torture over inability to remember something).

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Yes, Carroll Street Park Parents, this was for you, and for shame!

Posted by Lizzie on 08/19/12

1. To secretly monitor your employees. “Rebecca was appalled when she realized that a group of fellow mothers were snoopervising their nannies with hidden cameras.” See also: Underprey (fail to provide benefits to workers).

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Will only make you go blind if you close your eyes while you do it

Posted by Lizzie on 08/12/12

1. Person who likes to hear himself talk. “Felix liked to sit the dronanists together at dinner parties — they never even noticed.” See also: Interraptor (waits to jump in on conversations); autoprylot (perfunctory questioning).

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Shooting for therapists to swap this for “Dissociated,” so that can be a band

Posted by Lizzie on 08/05/12

1. To see a personal event from the spectator’s point of view. “Despite her broken leg, Mandy could only exterience her inability to stick the landing as one of her own disappointed fans.” See also: Feelligitimate (unable to trust one’s own instincts).

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