Create Your Own Words

Painting Paint BrushFor those of us who love words—and if you’re reading this blog, that’s probably you—the Addictionary provides a fun diversion. Anyone can add to it, so the quality level varies, but here are some definitions I like:

snitizen, noun, a resident who’s always in a snit about something.

insongnia, noun, the state of having a song completely stuck in your head.

dreadmill, verb, the feeling of not wanting to exercise

sidewaltz, noun, the little dance that happens when you meet a stranger head-on walking the opposite direction and there is indecision about who passes on which side

writual, noun, The act of setting aside a consistent amount of time every day or week to get some writing done.

twerror, noun, making an error on Twitter. See also twistake, twoul up, twisstep, twaux pas. Committing one of these twerrors can leave you and your audience twissed off.

You can have fun browsing the Addictionary, or you can make up and add your own words. They also hold a regular “there outta be a word for…” challenges.


4 Responses to “Create Your Own Words”

  1. 1 Keith August 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    These were called Sniglets back in the Rich Hall / HBO days of the 80s.

    I forget what the word was, but he had one for the little hardened blop that forms on the top of the ketchup bottle in between uses.

    No idea why those went away! It’s like a singer doing vocal exercises.

    • 2 stranglingmymuse August 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm

      I knew these had been around for a while, but I forgot they were called Sniglets! You’re right about the vocal exercises–that’s a great analogy.

  2. 3 K a b l o o e y August 5, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Speaking of sniglets, I’ve had a sidebar feature for a while with some snigletty definitions of “words” presented to me as word verification. I haven’t written about this yet, but the fake words have sounded eerily accurate lately, not that I’m getting paranoid or anything, ho, ho, no. Like having the “word” be PROPHAU when I was guessing about the future and ENABLEAG when I was talking about excuses. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not watching you, right?

    • 4 stranglingmymuse August 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm

      For some reason, I hadn’t noticed your word verification sniglets sidebar before. Hilarious! And, if you think the verifiers are watching you, have you ever used a gmail account? The ads relate to the content of your e-mail messages — and they can be a little eerie sometimes.

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