Thursday, November 17, 2005

The 10 Best Words That Aren't Real

What's your favorite word that isn't in the dictionary? Every year, the good people at Merriam-Webster humor us everyday folk and allow us to offer up our favorite words that aren't real. How chizzy is that?Here are the top 10 awsometastic words:

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

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

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

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

5. cognitive displaysia (noun): 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 (noun): the purchase gained by friction: "My car needs new tires because the old ones have lost their gription."

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

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

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

10. lingweenie (noun): a person incapable of producing neologisms. (A neologism is a word, term, or phrase which has been recently created or coined. Get it?)


  1. Fun list of words. I've actually used confuzzled for a few years. Cool to see it make the list.

    Now with these words, do they eventually make it into the dictionary?

  2. Ginormous is very popular right now, I don't get gription, esp. in the context given (the more I think about it, the less sense it makes), snirt is THE BOMB and I will have to employ it when we drive over the mountains this T-day, and lingweenie must have been a late entry.


  3. muddy: Generally those words don't make it to the dictionary, but ginormous has entered the lexicon and could get into the dictionary pretty soon.

    gots me: Yep, lingweenie is pretty weak compared to the rest of those words. Makes you wonder got left out to put it in.

  4. Here's one that I ran across a lot in the business world and it drove me frickin' nuts: conversate

  5. Ugh. Conversate is a bad one. Paradigm (and paradigm shift) used to drive me nuts.

  6. Fungry--"F*cking hungry"

    Craptacular--"So crappy it's spectacular"

    Lame' (read lah-may)--"The condescending, stuffy 'pseudo-French' way to coin something as lame"

    Tooliosis--"Plagued with a wretched case of being a giant tool"

    Whisky Tango--"White Trash"

    Orientate--"To orient one self, become oriented"

    Spooge--"Ejaculatory matter"

  7. Those are great. I'll have to integrate some of those into my lexicon :-)