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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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ESCHLETZ 12/6/2012 8:20AM

    I can't think of any one specifically right now, but my family tends to say I should have a World to Esther dictionary at hand at all times so that other people can understand me emoticon

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CAM2438 12/6/2012 8:20AM

    What fun!!!! emoticon

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MIMIDOT 12/6/2012 7:49AM

    Another smile to start the day! Thank you! I so enjoy your blogs. Keep them coming. Have a sparkling day!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/6/2012 7:48AM

    emoticon your "typical you!"

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LIFETIMER54 12/6/2012 7:37AM


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JANEMARIE77 12/6/2012 7:20AM

    to cute

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FARIS71 12/6/2012 7:09AM

    I don't get out much, so this probably isn't that new of a word, but I enjoy the word "snarky" to desribe a not particularly pleasant mood or disposition.

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SPACEBOT1 12/6/2012 6:59AM

    You are completely nommy and lush. I am wobblier than a bucket full of jelly on a tramapoline at the moment and dealing with the shame of it by administering chocolate biccies. Am a total bloater xxx

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GABY1948 12/6/2012 5:47AM

    I can't think of any I have at the moment! But I do love reading yours. And I have several UK friends on spark and we have become close email friends. I love anything you UKers write because I can "hear" it in my own head! I talk about you all to my family.

One of my close friends keeps me up on William and Kate and sent me a new link on them two days ago. I just love them!

Have a great day and keep up the great posts! emoticon

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NCSUE0514 12/6/2012 5:24AM

    I love inventing words!

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TORTISE110 12/6/2012 5:13AM

    I love making up words too! Have a sparkin' good day with your featured blog. What fun!


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REGILIEH 12/6/2012 4:24AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon YOU DO IT!!! emoticon

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KAREN608 12/6/2012 2:53AM

    bumbershooter for umbrella is my favorite made up word.

I tell my husband he is turning into Patsy which he hates.
Patsy is a person we know over 400 lbs & sits in a chair in front of TV all day
every day with a diet coke & box of donuts. ooh. She has no desire to change yet.

wonky.... used a lot in quilting etc but no one in my circle uses this word but me.

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MAMAOWLS 12/6/2012 12:16AM

    More fun stuff. Keep it coming.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/5/2012 11:55PM

    Hmmmm....never heard of those before. Thanks for sharing them.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/5/2012 11:55PM

    Hmmmm....never heard of those before. Thanks for sharing them.

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MARYJEANSL 12/5/2012 10:38PM

  An expression I have heard fairly regularly from different sources..."might could," as in...He might could tell you the answer...We might could go but I'm not sure, etc., etc. Just a tad redundant, but definitely gets the point across. Mix-mixer
(cement mixer) and amblee-ance (ambulance) are a couple that came from my kids. My favourite was my son's version of helicopter...which I don't dare print, but I daresay one can easily guess.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/5/2012 10:25PM

    I didn't invent this word - I got it from the TV show "Scrubs" - but one of my favorite fake words is "bajingo." It's a euphemism for...ladybits. :) Not that I have much call for using it, but I just think it's a fun word!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/5/2012 9:58PM

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MICKEYH 12/5/2012 9:11PM


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MADAMES 12/5/2012 8:14PM

    DH and I write down funny words we hear in public or on television.

"Stupider" : a new planet
vegetably :full of vegetables
motivication: there is no motivication
surcame: the past tense of succumbed
squoze: the past tense of squeeze
regularized: simplified
womany: feminine
slidden: past tense of slide


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LIVEDAILY 12/5/2012 7:38PM

    Having lived in many different states here in the US, I may be a bit more aware of local dialects and/or idioms used in local speech. For example: I grew up calling certain shoes "sneakers"; you call them "trainers", and yet others still call them "tennies" , "tennie pumps", or just by their brand name. I call a certain drink a "soda"; others call it "pop" or my its specific name. The doohickey at the end of a pencil is called an eraser here in the states; in the UK, it's called a rubber, which is something TOTALLY different here in the rubber in the states is a condom. One of my favourite stories from when I was in the UK, was when a female friend told me that she was going to "knock me up later", to which I burst out laughing. I explained to her that, 1. it would be physically impossible for her, and 2. In the states being "knocked up" meant you were pregnant. Of course she meant she was going to call on me later in the day. One of my favorite stories from here in the states is when my sister had been living near Roanoke, VA. She and I were chatting on the phone and she was telling me about a neighbor who lived "just a right far piece down the road", only she pronounced the whole thing as "jist a raight fur piece down da road", to which I said "WHAT??" lol Language is fascinating!

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DALID414 12/5/2012 7:06PM

    Pasghetti- pasta with spaghetti sauce (but not made with spaghetti noodles)

Jack Rabbit- an @$$h0|, but used in the presence of children

Hangry- the anger you feel from being hungry

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NEWTINK 12/5/2012 6:48PM

    emoticon arsefreezing ... that one i like emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 12/5/2012 6:42PM


Dear, you'll never realize the
you give us Yanks with your blogs !
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Never a dull moment with YOU

Have a Thrilling Thursday

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JUDYD207 12/5/2012 6:35PM

    Hi, There are a lot of Spark people from Canada too. I am from Toronto. My mom is from Reading - 40 miles from London. Anyway, a word that I use when under a lot of stress at work is pressurized. However there is no such word in the dictionary. I like your photos and blogs. - Judy emoticon

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SARAWALKS 12/5/2012 6:25PM

    I am always inventing words too but then I tend to forget what words I invented!
so I will just have to share that I enjoy British-isms in general - Midden and Tip in particular since I hate housekeeping, my house is really a tip right now...
I love your word currently in mid-spark-wobble but last week I was a sparkler. Bingette is going to be quite useful too, especially in holiday season!
emoticon emoticon to get away from the word police...
and do you hate dictionaries? Somehow I always have...I'd rather deduce from context...

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/5/2012 6:13PM

    Well I am from the hills of Tennessee so as you would guess we have a lot of them but the one that comes to mind now is" I'm having a brain fart". Which simply means I can't think of any of them right now. Ah just thought of another one. My grandmother used to say this all the time in the winter " It's colder than a witches tit". No Idea where that one came from. I agree with everyone else that you have a wonderful and entertaining way of writing and this country girl loves it. Keep them coming

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/5/2012 6:05PM

    I consider them all to be British English words. After all, you used them, and I take it that you are, in fact, yourself, a relatively genuine British English person. Dictionaries always run several years behind reality.

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LINDAK25 12/5/2012 5:43PM

    The only word I can think of is my father's "fusstrated." My mother claims he says this because of his hearing loss. Who knows?

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HAKAPES 12/5/2012 5:32PM

    You're expanding my vocabulary! :-)

I tend to mix in Frenchised and Germanized words - they sound to me OK in English, but often they don't even exist. Like saying someone is sympahtic to me, which in French would mean something like I like him/her...

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DANAPRIME 12/5/2012 4:50PM

    My favorite is "hosenose". It is my own term for the nozzel at the end of a garden hose.

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DESERTJULZ 12/5/2012 4:32PM

    Love your made-up words.

My greyhound friends all refer to happenings or events as being greyt, rather than great. :D

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KATIWONT 12/5/2012 4:07PM

    I'm having a brain freeze myself, but do want to comment that I totally agree with Tatter3 with regards to your writing---you have a gift. Your stories are "wicked good" as we say in NEW England! Please keep it coming!

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GLITTERFAIRY77 12/5/2012 4:06PM

  *laughs really really hard*
Gosh, with the change in weather, I really have a hard time thinking right now.
OH! I particularly like "eyedrums." I used this initially in reference to a friend whose "Caps Lock" button got stuck. Since we refer to text typed in all capital letters as an inference of yelling, I replied, "AAAUGH! MY EYEDRUMS! Stop yelling!"

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DIDMIS 12/5/2012 3:55PM

    I like SONday for Sunday

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1MANKNEY 12/5/2012 3:48PM

    Basghetti for Spaghetti and Runny Babbits for Bunny Rabbits. We use a few of these that came from the kids and were absorbed into the language in our house. In our home we like to be punny (use a pun on purpose) and witty (or half witty). It is fun to use "colorful" language to give a more vivid picture of what you want to say. Most of my ancestors were Brits, so I have heard a lot of your phrases before but they bring back good memories. emoticon

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WILDFLOWER521 12/5/2012 3:46PM

    I admit to being somewhat of a curse word person and I'm trying to change that.
If I'm mad, I usually say unflattering things and am a very good spotter if someone is lying so I end up spouting out bullsh*t. Now, I say bullhonkey. Why, I don't know. I guess, I figure that it sounds better than what I usually say.

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TATTER3 12/5/2012 3:41PM

    I spent 3 sessions in a small Kentucky town this last summer participating in watercolor workshops. We had a woman in the group who was Irish by genetics, reared in New York, became a nun in her late teens, decided to quit that and married in her late 20's. I sat by her in the class and just fell in love with her and her spouse. She was not trying to entertain, but beautiful accents are rare in the least where I live in Southern Indiana. When I read your blogs...I feel like I'm an audience listening to a lilting and sometimes downright lively dance tune. forgive me...and others ...for being so blatantly goggle eyed at your stories....but your writing is a wonderful voice for my eyes to listen to. You may be the norm in your world, but you're a gift to those of us with brusk speech and mundane days. Keep writing.....I am seeing your neck of the woods through your blogs and loving my journey. I've developed a bad habit of short and sweet in my blogs, but you make me want to take more time and effort into my sharing. I appreciate you.
Don't know of any special words..but will keep my ears out for local phrasings.

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HFAYE81 12/5/2012 3:41PM

    Sometimes I'm a Sparkler, on the outside, for a week or so. I generally fake it in hopes that I will make it emoticon

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JACKIE542 12/5/2012 3:35PM

    I love your words and I have gotten an education reading them. I can only think of one right now, fantabulish, all I can think of at the moment! LO!

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NITTINNANA 12/5/2012 3:34PM

    The only word I can think of is that when I was very young and my Mom wore a particularly pattable sweater, I would crawl up so I could "soft it."

A couple of phrases I use came from family. My Mom always said, "six of one, half dozen of the other" when 2 choices seem equal. And my great-grandmother would say, "I'm so tired I don't know if I'm on foot or on horseback." Both of those come out of my mouth pretty often I'm told.

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MSPATOOTY 12/5/2012 3:22PM

    "Spark Wobble" is a fantastic new term, and one that most all of us can understand right away. "Gobsmacked" is my favorite British-ism. It sounds exactly like what it means. emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 12/5/2012 3:19PM

    I like those family turns of phrase myself, some of which came from my Scots-English background. You'll know what my mother will have meant when she said, "Your room is an absolute MIDDEN!" Other family phrases: "rainbrella" and "cobblestone boots" (instead of "hobnail" I think).

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NEW-CAZ 12/5/2012 3:08PM

    have a splendiforous day is one phrase.
Now I'm stumped - know I use others and have gone brain numb!

Meant to tell you we went for a walk in Cranford Park and there was an enormous flock of those green parakeets you were blogging about recently, massed of them!

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BRAVELUTE 12/5/2012 3:01PM

    I will share, I promise. But for now, I must ask permission to use one of yours because I'm tired of not being able to write about horse bunstake mushrooms on SP. Thanks for solving my problem.

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MARUKI52 12/5/2012 2:58PM

    Well I had an all-out blowout Spark Wobble today and am thinking it might be bread and water for me tomorrow! emoticon Shows what can happen when husbands are in charge of the shopping! I know I could have passed on the pud but it was there calling to me with its sticky saucy gorgeously smelling presence. Still, I have to say I enjoyed my wobble but it's not something I want to do often.

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STONECOT 12/5/2012 2:30PM

    My daughter Jenny always had a talent for accidental mixed metaphors, so into the family vocablary went, 'Ears like a hawk', and, 'putting the cat amongst the penguins'. we also had, 'face like a box of spanners' - ugly- and 'face like a smacked arse' -sulking.

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