If it’s good enough for Shakespeare…

by Julie Frayn on September 29, 2012 in  Bric-a-brac

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Bill Shakespeare did it. And Meriam Webster has given in to pressure. In a world where the words that weren’t, like ain’t and irregardless, are so widely used that they are “in the dictionary,” then I can make up my own words too. For when the real thing just won’t do.

Bish – If necessity is the mother of invention, then email filters are the mother of creative word slinging. Bish is the way to say bitch without getting caught up in overzealous and prudish profanity filters. It’s also a term of endearment, where the real thing may be misconstrued as a tad offensive.

Assholedness – The level to which an individual raises the art of being an asshole. The bigger the ass, the more obvious the assholedness

Loserish* – For folks who aren’t complete losers, they’re just a little loserish.

Craptastic* – Where the crap you’re wading in is so high, it’s not just crappy, it’s not even craptacular. It’s just plain craptastic.

Eachish – Ever try to cut a cake (or pie, or Rice Krispie square, or ..) into equal portions for your kids? It’s never right, and the result can be violent confrontations between sugar addicted offspring vying for the biggest piece. When you can’t give them each exactly the same, give them eachish.

Hugenormous* – bigger than big. Larger than life. Huger than Huge. Get it?

Shituation – This came from a recent bout of explosive diarrhea Dixie the Dachshund had as a reaction to medication. This great new word made for short texts to check in on how she was. Shituation? Ewwww. Shituation? Messy. Shituation over? Cleaned it up then vomited. Despite the narrow focus of its birth, it is very versatile and gives rise to a new acronym. ShNAFU.

If making up your own words isn’t your cuppa joe (nod to the US National Coffee Day today), then let Captcha codes make them up for you. Here is a list of my favourite Captcha coinage.

Captcha – In the tradition of coo (cool), ‘sup (what’s up) and gangsta (gangster), I give you captcha. You dare spam my blog with your nonsensical comments full of Viagra links? I’m gonna captcha yo’ ass.

Chuserv 21  – The age of majority in some states when chuserv me alcohol.

Acertum – heavy duty antacid for those with ailing laptops

Lyretor statin – OTC drug for high cholesterol in lyricists

Ceepasse  – “Charlie why did you only get 50% in math?” “It’s good enough for ceepasse, Mom.”

Ogetoris – That little erogenous zone of poor Fiona’s that Shrek is still fumbling in the dark searching for.

What words have you made up? Please share.

*contributed by my creative daughter, Brynn.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Jester Queen September 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

My only joy in captcha is in making up meanings for the words it spews at me. Those are funny, though.


Julie September 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

Some of them are hilarious. Ogetoris was the first that caught my attention as a great made-up word. The definition just popped out!

J Timothy Quirk September 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I enjoy using the term “non-troversy” when the media creates a made up controversy and builds something up just for sensationalism that doesn’t really need to be built up that much


Julie September 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

I love that, nontroversy. I may borrow that… 😀

MJ Monaghan October 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

I like that one, too, JT!

May have to steal it as well.

Carolyn September 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

B and little J cooking and baking together… spectacularicious. Because they are spectacular, and their offerings are delicious… :)


Julie September 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm

When I first read that word I thought it had something to do with hilarious. :). I’ve not tasted any of their combined efforts, but she promised me crab stuffed salmon this week.

Mitch September 30, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Catosyncrasy to describe my cat, Rupi and all his peculiar habits!


Julie September 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Oh Rupi, you crazy cat. At least I think you are. You won’t come near me. Or maybe I won’t go near you…

MJ Monaghan October 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

Love your words, there, Julie.

I have a strong affinity to make up acronyms. I can’t remember many, but I used to have dozens.

COP = Change of pace

LY n MY = Love You and Miss You (texting to my wife or grown kids). Ha, I once texted this to my boss accidentally at 10 pm one night and the next day he was very curious what it meant. Yeah, a bit embarrassing, to say the least.

HOBO = Honey Bunches of Oats cereal

I better stop, I’m starting to look ridiculous. :)


Julie October 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Up here, COP is Canada Olympic Park… :) I used to work in an industry whose main client was government agencies. We could have entire conversations with just acronyms. So, what did you tell the boss?

Sean P. Farley October 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

What about ‘absotively’ or ‘posilutely’? Those are two I particularly enjoy using. ‘Fabulicious’ is a favorite, too. :) Julie, I love your posts. I’m not around nearly as much I used to be (or should be!), but when I visit, you never let me down. :)


Julie October 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I use those ‘words’ so often, they’ve become real to me. :) But fabulicious? I may have to borrow that. And thanks for the sweet compliment. I’m not posting as much as I was, real life puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

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