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home : opinions : opinions September 30, 2014

9/4/2013 11:02:00 AM
Words not yet in the dictionary

Brenda Harrison
Editor


When is a word considered legitimate? Does it have to be in a dictionary to be a word? Here are a few possible “words” not yet in a dictionary.

Accordinated (ah kor’ de on ay tid) adj. Being able to drive and refold a road map at the same time. Aquadextrous (ak wa deks’ trus) adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes. Aqualibrium (ak wa lib’ re um) n. The point where the stream of drinking fountain water is at its perfect height, thus relieving the drinker from having to suck the nozzle, or (b) squirting himself in the eye. Burgacide (burg’ uh side) n. When a hamburger can’t take any more torture and hurls itself through the grill into the coals. Buzzacks (buz’ aks) n. People in phone marts who walk around picking up display phones and listening for dial tones even when they know the phones are not connected. Carperpetuation (kar’ pur pet u a shun) n. The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance. Dimp (dimp) n. A person who insults you in a cheap department store by asking, "Do you work here?" Disconfect (dis kon fekt’) v. To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, somehow assuming this will ‘remove’ all the germs. Ecnalubma (ek na lub’ ma) n. A rescue vehicle which can only be seen in the rearview mirror. Eiffelites (eye’ ful eyetz) n. Gangly people sitting in front of you at the movies who, no matter what direction you lean in, follow suit.

New words now in a dictionary: Celebaby, noun: the baby of a celebrity Gastropub, ˈga-strô-ˌpəb noun: a pub, bar, or tavern that offers meals of high quality Mash–up, noun \ˈmash-ˌəp: something created by combining elements from two or more sources: as a: a piece of music created by digitally overlaying an instrumental track with a vocal track from a different recording b: a movie or video having characters or situations from other sources c: a Web service or application that integrates data and functionalities from various online sources Mouse potato noun, slang: a person who spends a great deal of time using a computer Polyamory, pä-lç-ˈa-mə-rç, noun: the state or practice of having more than one open romantic relationship at a time Soul patch noun: a small growth of beard under a man’s lower lip




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