For all of us confuzzled lingweenies

I’m a sucker for word lists. Especially when you can’t look them up in the dictionary. Here’s the results of Merriam-Webster’s poll on…

Top Ten Favorite Words (Not in the Dictionary)

1. ginormous (adj): bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous

2. confuzzled (adj): confused and puzzled at the same time

3. woot (interj): an exclamation of joy or excitement

4. chillax (v): chill out/relax, hang out with friends

5. cognitive displaysia (n): the feeling you have before you even leave the house that you are going to forget something and not remember it until you’re on the highway

6. gription (n): the purchase gained by friction: “My car needs new tires because the old ones have lost their gription.”

7. phonecrastinate (v): to put off answering the phone until caller ID displays the incoming name and number

8. slickery (adj): having a surface that is wet and icy

9. snirt (n): snow that is dirty, often seen by the side of roads and parking lots that have been plowed

10. lingweenie (n): a person incapable of producing neologisms

There’s a list of previous favourite words. I like “pregreening”, that popular Delhi pastime, and “stealth geek”, which describes half my friends. (I’d love to describe the other half, but this is a decent, no-profanity site.)





One response to “For all of us confuzzled lingweenies”

  1. Uma K Avatar

    Great list! Though ‘spatulate’ is a proper verb, meaning ‘to mix or treat with a spatula’ “After the powder has been incorporated in the water, the mass is spatulated thoroughly —M. G. Swenson” (From Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary.) This is a term used very commonly in Dentistry, where water and plaster, or water and alginate (an impression material) and ‘spatulated’ in a bowl.Love your blog!

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