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.

Read the rest at Selexicons: Your Contributions to That Should Be a Word.

(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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I was very sad to lose “Retyrant,” the most pernicious form of this series; AND, OR, THE BIRTH OF SELEXICONS

Posted by Lizzie on 07/30/12

1. Someone who thinks he’s the boss of everyone in a creepy way. “Zelly was such a tyrantula when he declared that he was the only one who could drive the car and that the radio had to be tuned to the all-John-Denver station.” See also: Tyrunt (bossy kid).

Here’s the official link. You also now have an OFFICIAL PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR THINGERS, as the Times was kind enough to ask me to babble. Oh, I’m going to talk about Real Housewives — never fear.

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Otherwise known as, You are not allowed to tell someone they are not hungry, cold, or tired

Posted by Lizzie on 07/21/12

 

1.To deny someone his or her subjective experience.‘‘Casey began taking off her sweater despite the attempt of her husband, Matt, bundled in a fleece and skullcap, to inpercept her.’’ See also: Carbiter (asserts someone cannot be hungry).

I have also added on Dorminator and/or Tirant, for someone who tells you you can’t be tired.

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After a particularly long Saturday with a 2006 Dell

Posted by Lizzie on 07/13/12

1. Household member who supports electronic devices. “After school, Rose resumed her duties as resident domestech and installed Spyware on her dad’s Dell.” Whelp line (child one calls for aid); pre-cursor (born before age of computing).

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The Age of The Innocents

Posted by Lizzie on 07/10/12


Thrilled to have my Chicago Tribute review of Francesa Segal’s The Innocents (PDF link) to share! As my people say, Enjoy.

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We are the opposite of those who double pledges. And we are legion.

Posted by Lizzie on 07/06/12

1. One who treats donations like blood sport. “Briyana was a discerning philantrophist, holding back her pledge until the drive day when you got the mug and the tote.” See also: Occupatron (seasonal subscriber); liberante (gives to all causes).

Latest Do you think the “Times” will give me a mug for this? NO. No, I think not.

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As we all know, I’m a terribly filthy person. BUT EVEN I AM NOT AS FILTHY AS MY ILLUSTRATOR THIS WEEK!

Posted by Lizzie on 06/30/12

1. To interrupt an intimate moment to declare terms. “June tearfully stopulated to Alex that, whatever happened, she could never move back to Cleveland.” See also: Turn-oaf (the act of falling asleep immediately after intimacy; or the person who does).

Latest I meant to emphasize LATE.*

*But I am thrilled to be thus thematically shifted

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Reader Roundup: There Should Be a Word For People Who Try to Steal My Job

Posted by Lizzie on 06/24/12

I have been remiss (not DREAMISS) in posting the wonderful contributions from job-stealing bastardsreaders all over the world. Or, at least, from my comments, inbox, and FB threads. If I missed you somehow, please re-submit!

THIEFDOM: Smaller than a kleptocracy, larger than a single thief. — lysdexic

KVETCHTABLE: the little kid who whines at dinner about eating his greens. The horrible alternative definition: the aged Jewish grandmother who has lost all faculties but one. — Edit B. 

PHANTONION: why your car still smells like yesterday’s Subway sandwich, even though there is no visible evidence. — Debra J.

SYNAPTIC TAPSE: Sending off posts/tweets/updates without proofreading. — Lise F.

SWAMPLED: a cross between trampled and swamped. – Julie P.

RE-E-DIRECT: That unsettling feeling one has when, while moving from one room to another and reading an electronic message on one’s phone, one achieves a level of distraction such that one is left unclear on why one was going to that room in the first place. “Originally headed to the kitchen to make some tea, Lizzie had a re-e-direct as she finished reading the text from her mother and stood, bewildered, at the kitchen sink.” – Ben W. [I totally do this.--Ed.]

Practically every week, my wife and I find ourselves engaging in a GameDance. That’s when you try to convince the heavens to open up and rain so your child’s soccer/baseball game/practice will be cancelled. — Rick K.

MANECDOTE: The stories men tell each other. — Nick R.

you upstarts do you know how hard this job is I have to do THREE OF THESE EVERY WEEK TRY IT SOME–KEEP ‘EM COMIN’!

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PERSEVEER: The annoying thing about this word is to actually use it, you have to tilt your head and make elaborate hand movements, like an ump

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1. To procrastinate by completing other tasks. “Jean hadn’t yet finished her thesis, but her perseveerance had yielded an herb garden.” See also: Persavow (claim one will finish work); pursevere (throw money at a problem).

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I have been TEDIOUSLY Resomsible in my dreams of late!

Posted by Lizzie on 06/15/12

DREAMISS: 1. Acting irresponsibly in a dream. “Rose was so dreamiss that she woke up convinced that she overslept her SATs and then showed up in her underwear.” See also: Slumbrage (to be angry at someone for what they did in a dream).

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“Capital,” by John Lanchester, Truly Pays O– Oh, I’m too tired to find a pun; just BUY IT; it’s great

Posted by Lizzie on 06/08/12

CapitalEngland has always reveled in its drawing-room dramas, from Jane Austen’s social minefields to E.M. Forster’s Howards End to Upstairs, Downstairs — and yes, the blockbuster Downton Abbey.

John Lanchester’s brilliant Capital, set on a once-ordinary London block whose housing prices have skyrocketed, has the distinction of being the first brick-and-mortar novel set squarely in our current times.

CAPITAL is just a truly terrific novel. Buy it right away. And when you have a chance, listen to My Review of It At All Things Considered: Right On The Money: A ‘Capital’ Book For Our Times : NPR.

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