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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I coined a new term yesterday, 'SparkWobble' and it's gone down as well as a chocolate brownie with thick cream. Loads of people said they loved the word, and were familiar with the phenomenon.

'Bingette' also sneaked into yesterday's blog (and that's not the only place it sneaked into, alas, alas) but I'm sure I've used that one before. I've certainly had reason to. . .

I like words, and I like new words and if I can find a new word every so often so much the better. I learned the word 'nommy' on here from my mate Spacebot. Again, it's a concept I've got a passing acquaintance with, I just hadn't quite come across the word.

Still not sure what a Spacebot is though.

Another word I like is 'Sparkler' which in the UK is a kind of hand-held firework, but in SparkTerms denotes a SparkPerson who is whizzing along, losing weight, doing lots of exercise and generally speaking having an entirely cheery old time. Sparklers are rare. If I ever show signs of becoming a Sparkler, I will consider my battle over.

The American contingent (most of you) of course like my 'typically British' turn of phrase, but a lot of the time the way I write isn't typically British at all, it's just typically me. I use idioms in writing that I wouldn't dare in speech because there'd be too much risk of my getting carried away by men wearing white coats and driving a plain van. Words like arsefreezing (yes, I have used this) don't actually exist in British English either.

Oh, and I got 'horse buns' (the term) from an American detective story although the horse buns I trod in during a walk in Epping Forest one time were English enough.

Please share your favourite invented words with me.
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  • v GETTHERE7
    Our family was playing Scrabble recently and my husband had the letters for "hoogies".
    Anyway the sentence he used it in to show it was a real word was "You give me the hoogies." He thought an Austrailian might say that and mean You give me the willies.
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  • v FIRECOM
    The test of a good blog is whether it is as good the second time it is read as it was the first time.

    You pass the test. Thanks.
    1254 days ago
  • v KAYYAK1
    You do have a way with words. Thanks
    1264 days ago
  • v EFFRAYECHILDE
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  • v SPECIALGURL7
    Words, words, and more words.
    1266 days ago
  • v BEAUTY_WITHIN
    I like your blogs! :)
    1266 days ago
  • v LENIASTY
    Your blogs are always witty and sparkling with humour - so you really are a sparkler in more than one ways - absolutely love your blogs, never have trouble understanding your word fabrication, it keeps the language fresh and interesting.

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    1268 days ago
  • v TDEMAIO2
    I think you are funny with a GREAT sense of humor emoticon you keep it real and tell it like it is- I am not a work person (wish I was) but I love reading yours emoticon
    1268 days ago
  • v LAURIETAIT
    My mother grew up playing pick up hockey with frozen "road apples". The Canadian equivalent of horse buns.
    When my daughter was 2 she coined one of my favourite variations on the language during a prolonged and intense Yes you are! No I'm not! exchange with her then 4 year old brother. No I amn't has been a popular form of denial in our household ever since.
    Much like SATCHMO99 my Dad used scare it with butter to indicate that I didn't like a lot of butter on my toast.
    Thanks. This was a fun blog. If I spent some time on it I'm sure I'd come up with a few more.
    1268 days ago
  • v SKJCHAPMAN
    A person can tell you love word is they read your blogs. You do have an enchanting way of using them. I always come away from your blog feeling lighthearted and encouraged. Thank you for sharing with us. emoticon
    1268 days ago
  • v CUDDLYPOLARBEAR
    Great post
    1268 days ago
  • v DRUIDPRINCESS
    Just LOVE your blogs! And the responses from the other SPs!!

    Combining "a mind like a steel trap" (meaning very quick to take up and remember new things) and "a mind like a sieve" (meaning the info goes in, but comes out just as quickly), after my chemo treatments for breast cancer my once-wonderful brain became "a mind like a steel sieve"...

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    Comment edited on: 12/7/2012 4:54:21 PM
  • v PHEBESS
    I used to drive a Toyota Yaris - and occasionally would end up driving or parking near one or two other Yarises. So I coined the word "Yaravan" meaning a caravan of Yarises. Makes sense, no?

    And "tweeniors" - if tweens can be the pre-teens, then those of us who are pre-seniors fcan be tweeniors, right?
    1269 days ago
  • v HUNGRYWOMAN2
    Your ability to put words together in an interesting way is why, I, believe your blogs are so well-received. It is refreshing to read things which use interesting verbage in addition to good grammar. I always enjoy reading your blogs. emoticon
    1269 days ago
  • v PJBONARRIGO
    In my neck of the woods (Maine USA) my family had a lot of haddocks (headaches). My daughter gave us them LOL My son gave me "wetters" (the dampers on the woodstove), bumble bees (brussel sprouts), and crying oaks (weeping willow trees). My girlfriends mother raises roaming Russians (wandering Jews- a plant).
    I enjoy the bend to my imagination that your blogs and friendship provides. I seem to be regaining my balance from a Sparkwobble. My world seems to be full of "bingetrons" right now LOL I will survive and thrive :-)
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  • v FIRECOM
    I am a "Worder" too. Not sure that is a real word, but it should be. The study of the genesis of our words is fascinating.
    1269 days ago
  • v GRAMPIAN
    Your blogs are always good craic!
    1269 days ago
  • v SATCHMO99
    I have a Northern Irish friend who came out with a corker of a phrase - "as happy as a bag of chips" (chips being fries btw). No, it makes no sense whatsoever, but isn't it fabulous!

    My recent made up word-in-context recently was a "scaring of milk" in my tea, the person got it immediately, and now never forgets that I only want a few drops of milk please.

    I'm English too - a Liverpudlian who migrated to Milton Keynes. Most definitely NOT a Scouser though.
    1269 days ago
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  • v PCASEY7
    Loved the blog! I'm at a loss for words, new ones that is!
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  • v ROCKYCPA
    cute!
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  • v POINDEXTRA
    LOL! And I misread "bingette" to be "beignet"! Though, I supposed having a beignet(or 2 or 3) could be considered a bingette:).
    1269 days ago
  • v KIPPER15
    The same words can have different meanings in different areas. My friend in the south (Tennessee) invited me down to visit (from up north in Michigan) Her father wanted to " carry me down " to see his garden. I told him I was fine and would walk. They laughed until they cried. Love your blogs. emoticon
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  • v JAMER123
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    know a few mew "cloned" words but can't think of any right now.:):)
    1269 days ago
  • v HEALTHYLU1
    I also love words - I made up depthy - to mean deep (I could not think of the right word). My spouse uses "colorful" and funny curses and insults, but inappropriate to type out like d*kwad.
    1269 days ago
  • v ONLYTEMPORARY
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  • v ALIDOSHA
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  • v CATLADY52
    Can't think of any made-up words at the moment. Your turn of phase is just great as is. I have been able to understand the gist of your adventures without much mental question marks. Keep the words flowing and give us all another dollup or four of what makes the world go round, please. emoticon
    1270 days ago
  • v BLUE42DOWN
    I'd never heard that particular usage of Sparkler. I've always thought of Sparklers more as those who remain positive and upbeat, shining that Spark for others, no matter how their own progress is going.
    1270 days ago
  • v PATRICIAANN46
    What's scarey is that I am beginning to "Get" your words without you explaining them......... emoticon I emoticon your blogs!!!!!
    1270 days ago
  • v SHOAPIE
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  • v LTMURPHY7



    i have none
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  • v KARRENLYNN
    I (American yes) also love your way of turning a phrase or use of certiain unique terms! Makes for entertaining reading and learning something new.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you're having a Sparkling and healthy holiday season as well!

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  • v POPSY190
    After the earthquakes people started talking about everything being "munted" = destroyed beyond repair.
    1270 days ago
  • v NEWCHINELO
    I thought as much that those words were quite alien to me yesterday but I understood them . . .lovely!
    1270 days ago
  • v IAMWINNING
    Chantal, I love your blogs, pictures, descriptions and made-up words and all. Have you ever heard of a 'hinny?' I didn't make it up, but it means one's bum....not THAT I'm sure you do know. emoticon

    When we lived in England (Huntingdon, 1 hr north of London) many years ago, we were introduced to British words.....and loved it. One day I was watching the news on the telly and the man said "controversary" - pronouncing it "con-TROV-ersay" which blew my mind because we pronoun it "CON-tro-versary". I totally missed the rest of the news story. emoticon I'd love to go back and live there again for another year or two or three. : )

    Your blogs take me back, and I so enjoy your writing - you're so good at it.
    Nancy
    1270 days ago
  • v DIANNEMT
    Cabbredge was an invented word for captured. I think my 2.5 year old couldn't SAY captured--came out more like cabbage with an r in it. That is our family's silly word.
    1270 days ago
  • v SLIMLEAF
    Go on, then, Chantal - tell us - what does 'nommy' mean?

    LIVELYGIRL2 - why does calling the front part of car that lifts up over the engine a 'bonnet' seem funny, when a 'hood' also refers to something worn over a person's head?

    Yes, I love English too - it's a great language. :-)
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    Comment edited on: 12/6/2012 11:31:16 AM
  • v LIVELYGIRL2
    I did think it is entertaining to read this specific topic.I did enjoy your blog and the other comments.

    Maybe every culture, language, and many families make up words. I hadn't occurred to me.

    I do know that people create words about computers, cars, and hobbies.As others have mentioned, they often get absorbed into society and eventually the dictionary.

    When I was a kid my mom made up the term, goggle-fauggles. It's meaning was...
    al the fuzz balls, lint, and little pieces of paper, and whatnot, that one could either bend over and pick up, or get the vacuuming up, and get rid of. emoticon

    i think you have a good sense of humor, so hope you won't get bugged , at me cracking up about the British use of " bonnet" . To me ,it means an old fashioned hat, one would expect to see on" Little Bow Peep", not a car hood. emoticon
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  • v NEEDBU66
    The one up there reminded me of the new one I just heard, "i don't know if I've lost a horse or found a rope" being confused. there's "burning both ends of the candle" and "thinking alot about the hereafter. I walk in a room and wonder, "now what am I here after?" all of which currently describes the business of the season, fur shure and of a certainty.
    1270 days ago
  • v IAMAGEMLOVER
    Some of the words I have made up SP would not let me print. emoticon
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  • v HEARTS116
    Cute!!!
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  • v DJSHIP46
    All American girl here had never heard of horse buns, but had certainly become familiar with cow pies (yuck)! Your colorful style is certainly appreciated, besides I LOVE the pictures :)
    1270 days ago
  • v LEXIE63
    Love words, and like to make them up too. Can't think of any offhand though. :-)
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  • v SIMOFDIM
    I love it! Keep them coming!
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  • v PENOWOK
    Oh, my! I love your fun words!! I am a Speech Language Pathologist, so my business is words, but I can't think of anything I have invented, though I know I have invented a few. My husband has "Bush-isms." Our earlier President had some words that were "mixed up" when he said them and my husband does that too. It's a sort of dyslexia and can be "fixed," if one wants to work on it. But invented words are amazing because when they are picked up, they actually make it into a dictionary!! I did enjoy the "sparkwobble" because it is specific to who we are as SP. I also like Bingette- not a full blown binge! How very clever you all are!!
    1270 days ago
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