When someone with as tenuous a grasp on the English language as Sarah Palin coins words like “squirmish” and “refudiate,” I feel a hankerin’ to add to the lexicon myself. It bein’ an election year and all, some of these new words are inspired by the current political goings-on, while others, well, they just spoke to me. So here, in no particular order, are some proposed additions to the mother tongue:
Ranktimonious—Making a disgusting show of being morally superior to others
Grudgmental—Having or displaying persistent ill will or resentment against someone for something you perceive they did wrong
Trump l’oeil—A realistic image of a presidential candidate that creates an optical illusion of a legitimate potential office-holder
Idiophobia—Fear of idiots (not to be confused with ideophobia, fear of ideas); the former is especially prevalent among rational people, while the latter is more common among irrational people
Zenaphobia—Fear of warrior princesses (not to be confused with zenophobia, the irrational fear of people from other countries, which is quite prevalent this year)
Angoraphobia—Fear of yarn or wool made from the hair of the angora goat or rabbit (not to be confused with agoraphobia, extreme fear of crowded spaces or enclosed public spaces)
Scene-squealer—Someone who takes more than his/her fair share of attention by making a high-pitched noise or cry (remember Howard Dean?)
Mishegassy—The quality of being so flatulent and/or full of hot air that it makes you and the people around you crazy
Privates practice—A gynecologist’s office
Super (in the) Hole Monday—Where you find yourself the day after the Super Bowl when you bet too much on the losing team
Incandressence—The ability to light up a room when you get gussied up
Blow jog—To run with such great speed or force that you blow by someone when jogging, leaving them in the proverbial dust
Extratorrentials—Storms that produce an inordinate amount of rain
Diversif*ckation—Having multiple sex partners as a risk management technique to prevent you from having all your eggs in one basket, as it were
Cosmopolitician—Someone who holds or is a candidate for public office who is worldly, suave and sophisticated. Can also be an alcoholic drink that, when consumed, causes you to make promises you have no intention of keeping.
Excrementality—A crappy attitude or outlook
Overcompenstate—To exaggerate the “truth” when correcting erroneous information verbally or in writing
Masterpurbation—The feeling of being supremely perturbed when you know someone is jerking you off, figuratively speaking
Stupidoccio—Empty bragging by a stupid person
Cruz-sh*t—Refers to the proven untruths that come out of this candidate, as in, “I can’t get on board (with) that Cruz-shit”
Fish filet-show—What sushi chefs put on at the sushi bar
Hubsinfantilism—Childlike behavior in a husband
Hubsterism—A distinctive phrase or saying that your husband utters (example: asking “Why would I want a cookie in bed?” when mishearing the offer of a quickie)
Nihillaryistic—Rejecting all other Democratic candidates in the belief that Hillary Clinton is the inevitable winner
Extrastentialism—When the plaque in your coronary arteries is so severe you need more than one stent to prop them open
Noblesse oh, please—The reaction of most regular folks to snobbery, such as when someone thinks he or she is of higher rank, birth or privilege, and deserves to be treated better as a result
In our lifetimes, we boomers have seen a lot of words come and go from our vocabulary, due in large part to new technology, corporate jargon and politics. Whether the current state of our language is better or worse, well—based on the articulateness of some of the folks on the campaign trail:
What we have here is
a case of vernacular
But what it really comes down to how well we’re able to understand one another. Sadly, if the goings-on in Congress are any indication, what we have here is a failure to communicate.
What do you think? Got any new words you think we should add to our vocabulary? Any that should be retired? Please share!
P.S. To the best of my knowledge, these are original words I made up (I Googled each one to see if they were in use anywhere else). If I’ve misappropriated any, it was unintentional!