And finally on this verbal diarrhoea Friday, because it’s vaguely that time again, here is this week’s mental exercise. This one is simple enough: invent a new word and use it in a conversation or twelve.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Confound others with compound words, such as:
Flabbergusted – flabbergasted plus disgusted: the sensation of being rendered speechless by something because said something made you feel seriously nauseous.
Confuse others by adapting an existing word but giving it a slightly new meaning:
Locomotion – derived from the word ‘motion’ as in movement and loco as in Spanish for crazy. Literally: the act of walking in a random but crazed fashion.
Do a Douglas Adams and give a meaning to a location:
Chiswick – the feeling of extreme light-headedness one sometimes feel if one stands up too quickly.
Go for broke and just stick some random letters together:
Cludgeblethle – descriptive word meaning a person who used to be fun but has now become prematurely middle-aged and also worryingly fixated on the importance of fibre to aid one’s unmentionable biological processes. Example: that guy is such a cludgeblethle.
PS: for the sake of all that is good and holy, please don’t simply take a noun and turn it into a verb. Even though that’s probably how most of my native tongue developed.