What’s in a name? That which we call a rosanthenascimiento*


There are about 600,000 words in the Oxford English Dictionary. But that isn’t enough. That’s what author and editor Lil Chase thinks. She says sometimes the words we have aren’t enough to express ourselves. We need more. And we’re inclined to agree.

That’s why we don’t have a blog, we’ve got a thingamablog. And why we don’t have a newsletter, we’ve got an ewotsit, ebit, eblah (or whatever else we decide to call it that day).

New words keep our language fresh and interesting. And they’re fun to say. Cromulent, bodacious, skeevy, muggle, investigatory, faffery, mingrid, hoozy, scrimpton, jooj, tekkers, baller, whatevs, ridic, contrafibularities, humpety, scrumbled, sclim and blant are some of the words we like. But it seems there are quite a few people making up their own words. There’s even an online unword dictionary, where people can share their words.

Even Shakespeare was at it: eyeball, puking, obscene, wormhole, epileptic, alligator. And if it was good enough for Mr. Shakespeare, it’s good enough for us.

* A sentiment of deep affection, mainly romantic changing someone from a pragmatic person to an incurable dreamer. (From SlangSite.com)

 


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