Clever Neologisms

atkins-bookshelf-wordsA neologism is a newly coined word or expression; however not all neologisms become mainstream or make it into a dictionary. That doesn’t stop people from coming up with new words to define things that would normally take several words to define. Lizzie Skurnick, an author and columnist for The New York Times, recently published a collection of neologisms, gathered from her column “That Should be a Word.” Here is a selection of clever neologisms from her book, That Should be a Word, much-needed in the modern world:

Brattle: to brag about one’s child at length
Pacifire: the initial circle of hell that parents experience after the birth of their child
Dadage: a tired adage about fatherhood
Deprescient: imaging that the worst will happen
Suferiority: a big ego masking inferiority
Reliabail: someone who consistently cancels plans
Grischief: items used for misbehavior
Palbatross: a friend that you would like to lose
Plassitude: being lazy without the guilt
Slaunder: to pass gossip through many sources so that it cannot be traced back to you
Dictaplanarian: a person who likes to correct the pronunciation of others
Flawsome: a comment that is equally flattering and insulting
Poutrage: to express anger by pouting
Interraptor: a person who talks over another person
Stressipe: a complicated recipe that is more trouble than it is worth

Read related posts: How Long Does it Take to Read a Million Words?
How Many Words in the English Language?
How Many Words Does the Average Person Speak in a Lifetime?

For further reading: That Should be a Word by Lizzie Skurnick (2015)

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