Wednesday Words & Woes: Words That DO Exist


It is way too hot to think heavy thoughts here in the northeast part of the U.S. We are sweltering under extremely high temps and humidity. So for today’s post, I pulled a page out of my American Grammar long program — a fun one.

I created this six-hour program more than ten years ago, and none of these words existed, except in humorous situations. But now, every one of them is at least mentioned in online dictionaries. A couple are even mentioned in regular, “proper” online dictionaries.

Yes, dear readers — languages do evolve, faster now due to the Internet, no doubt. Words travel the world at lightning speed, and these few that I offer here deserve a place in our writing — if we’re being light-hearted and having fun.

  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. Gription (n): the purchase gained by friction: “My car needs new tires because the old ones have lost their gription.”
  6. Phonecrastinate (v): to put off answering the phone until caller ID displays the incoming name and number
  7. Slickery (adj): having a surface that is wet and icy
  8. Snirt (n): snow that is dirty, often seen by the side of roads and parking lots that have been plowed
  9. Quackmire (n): muddy edges of a duck pond
  10. Sinspire (v): to compel one to be creatively wicked


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