Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Would you let these words into print?

Merriam-Webster lists its top 10 favorite words that aren't in the dictionary (as submitted by readers). Note that they are in M-W's pay-only premium online service, which says quite a bit.

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

I've heard the first three used conversationally. But this is the first time I've come across the other seven.

Also, there are references in Google News to published uses of ginormous, woot and chillax that fit these definitions.


At 1:11 PM, May 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...


John McIntyre

At 5:26 PM, May 18, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

Come on, didn't lingweenie make you smile?


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