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.