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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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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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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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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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).

Latest You’re Not Allowed to Yell at Me Because The Wireless Isn’t Working.

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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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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

Posted by Lizzie on 06/24/12

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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For all my friends who just wrote out checks for $4000 to have their children supervised on turf

Posted by Lizzie on 05/26/12

1. A kid-driven family schedule. “Hortense double-checked the ménagenda to make sure Kimmy was at Thespians when she had to pick up Hank from Taekwondo.” See also: clannuity (regular child-related expense, e.g. summer camp).

Latest That is a Stepstool in that Illustration Apparently!

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The Anarchists and The Tourists Unite

Posted by Lizzie on 05/19/12

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1. To impede traffic, by vehicle or foot. “Sharnette nearly leapt over a fire hydrant to avoid the wall of tourists who liked to bloccupy the front of Macy’s.” See also: Slowgle (to reduce one’s speed to get a better look).

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A medium amount of reciprocal amigration is recommended, though less fun without the days of listening in on calls

Posted by Lizzie on 04/22/12

palbatross

1. The disliked friend of a friend. “Ilene lamented how Laura’s palbatross work B.F.F. always insisted they eat vegetarian.” See also: Embad (a palbatross that is always invited); Amigrate (to become better friends with the new friend).

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What generally precedes L’esprit de L’escalier #thatshouldbeaword

Posted by Lizzie on 04/13/12

flaudit

1. Pointed insult masked by praise. “Ginnie’s mother-in-law greeted her with her perennial flaudit: ‘It’s nice to see you looking rested for a change!’ ” See also: negatiate (to respond in kind); relinquash (to kindly deflect); winsult (the reigning dig).

Latest I Have Needed This Word for A While.

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I found you could describe almost none of the families of those I love as traditional, but I HATE the term non-traditional. So I turned that frown upside down!

Posted by Lizzie on 04/01/12

Kinnovators

1. Pioneers of nontraditional families. “Sam and Mark debated which made them the best kinnovators: adopting their daughter, donating sperm to Sandrine or taking in Mark’s mother-in-law.” See also: Daddicts (stay-at-home dads); clanarchists (unmarried, child-free couples).

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WHAT HAUNT MY LIFE #dauntlets #thatshouldbeaword #thatineedtouselessfrequently

Posted by Lizzie on 02/10/12

dauntlet

1. A small but overwhelming task. “After one glass of wine, Marlene’s half-filled sink presented an insurmountable dauntlet.” Deprescient:to know hardship is imminent.

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Suferiority: Why we cannot correct our boyfriends THOUGH WE BE CORRECT

Posted by Lizzie on 01/28/12

suferiority

(suh-feer-ee-OR-ih-tee), n.

1. Too insecure to believe one is correct. “Crippled by suferiority, Anne could not tell her date that Warren Beatty was, in fact, in ‘Splendor in the Grass.’” See also: Discurse(to wince at others’ errors).

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Grossest #thatshouldbeaword YET

Posted by Lizzie on 01/21/12

Pole-Dancing as an Olympic Sport? - NYTimes.com

SH-pits, n.v.1. To clean a child’s face with one’s own saliva. See also: Licktim (the child thus cleaned); Spaternity (to claim one’s adult child for cleaning).

Latest That Should Be a Word. And grossest. And one I was born to do.

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Christopher Hitchens — R.I.P. Most ASSUREDLY not a Celebrate. #thatshouldbeaword

Posted by Lizzie on 12/16/11

ce-le-bra-cy (suh-leh-bru-see) n.

1. To maintain fame by abstaining from anything of import. “Kim Kardashian has been practicing celebracy since the debut of her blockbuster show, ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians.’ ” See also: break-up artist (holds limelight by love life).

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Father comments he and mother should get credit for this, and that he likes Whole Food bags best. Done!

Posted by Lizzie on 12/11/11

Bagri-cul-ture, n.1. The practice of saving shopping bags. “David, a frequent customer at Whole Foods, is an avid bagriculturist.” See also: Baggarts those proud to cultivate bags; Folding cell the subsink area where bags are held.

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Discussions WITH children on items such as what happens when you plunge your arm in lava or whether a meteor or a jaguar is faster are always welcome, of course

Posted by Lizzie on 11/27/11

Brattle, v., n.

1. To discuss one’s children, often at length. “Anne hid in the basement to avoid the cocktail brattle.” See also: spamily (Facebook or Twitter updates about kids); spawntourage (a group of approaching strollers).

Latest That Should Be a Word. Of course I would like to emphasize that my friends have never done this, never never never.

Please also see Maud Newton‘s wonderful treatisette on crows, as well as all other excellent featurelles. (Greatest challenge of this job will be finding new words for “mini-column”, methinks.)

Update! Fellow contributor Gaby Dunn (on Twitter here) comes to the rescue with “Smallumns.”

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This word was in service to a friend to whom this is ALWAYS CONSPICUOUSLY DONE

Posted by Lizzie on 11/21/11


And done deliberately.

De-ni-greet, v.

1. To deliberately pretend to have never met someone. “After her promotion, Lisa made a point to denigreet Tom at the meeting.” 2. To insult by introducing incorrectly to others. See also: hurtsy, himiliate.

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