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Can I Have A Word?

17 Mar
Neologism generator

Neologism generator (Photo credit: Peter Forret)

Yesterday’s word was mundify: to cleanse, deterge (yes, that is a real word), purge or purify.  In other words, what I need to do after watching the Jeremy Kyle or Jerry Springer shows.

Try as I might, I couldn’t fit today’s word into a reblog about household tips, so I have given it a post of its own:


Because I don’t like you coming here and not working, I’m going to give you a task.

If you’ve been around here a while, you may have noticed I play fast and loose with the English language, coining new words for convenience and then never using them again.

There is one word, however, which I invented and which I continue to use, in the hope that one day I will come across it somewhere at random, entirely unrelated to me, and know that I am the mother of a successful neologism.
My word is:


To be inept in the use of modern technology; one who is inept in the use of modern technology (specifically, her new mobile phone, eighteen months old, and of which she realised only recently, despite using it every day, that it was a touch screen). 

"Technology has exceeded our humanity"

“Technology has exceeded our humanity” (Photo credit: Toban B.)

Here is your task:


Tell me what word you have invented, with its definition and a sentence demonstrating its use.*

If you haven’t invented a word, now’s your chance!
My sentence:
I can’t turn this blasted phone on [sounds of smashing pink technology].  I am such a [insert swear word of choice; I don’t, so I can’t.  More work for you] technept!
17 Mar

Talking of being green…here’s a great post with simple tips to make your life easier and re-use your toilet roll tubes.


Joke 724

17 Mar
"Deport All Politicians"

“Deport All Politicians” (Photo credit: xahldera) This one’s for Viv

Politicians’ Gaffes

  • China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.  President Charles de Gaulle
  • This is a great day for France!  President Richard Nixon, while attending Charles De Gaulle’s funeral
  • Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.  President Gerald Ford
  • Capital punishment is our society’s recognition of the sanctity of human life. Orrin Hatch, Senator from Utah, explaining his support of the death penalty
  • My fellow astronauts…  Vice-President Dan Quayle, beginning a speech at an Apollo 11 anniversary celebration
  • Outside of the killings, Washington D.C. has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.  Mayor Marion Barry, Washington D.C.
  • We found the term ‘killing’ too broad.  State Department spokesperson on why the word ‘killing’ was replaced with ‘unlawful or arbitrary deprivation of life’ in its human rights reports for 1984-5
  • The exports include thumbscrews and cattle prods, just routine items for the police.  U.S. Commerce Department spokesman on a regulation allowing the export of various products abroad

From Will & Guy

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