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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!

It’s Only Words

29 Feb
Word Cloud of Obama's speech to Congress

(Photo credit: Jason-Morrison)

I’m not ignoring you.  I haven’t visited your blogs or replied to your comments because I was out all day yesterday; last night; and right now.  I will catch up soon, once I’ve recovered from the shock of being out of the house two days in a row.

In the meantime, here’s a task for you:

Spud and I were chatting last night and he said ‘you bodicly’ instead of ‘you bodily’.  We decided that it sounds like a real word, and ought to be a real word. 

Here is the correct spelling:


Now we have to decide what it means.  Any suggestions?  I told Spud that my readers won’t let me down.  No pressure.

Confession Time

3 Feb
A printed circuit board inside a mobile phone

Image via Wikipedia

I am not so smart as I thunk I am.  Walking the dogs on the park and feeling self-satisfied (nothing to do with my last post; more a permanent state-of-mind: no reason either, but since when did reason get in the way of ego?), it suddenly occurred to me that I hadn’t invented a new word in my last post, but simply made an adverb.  Put another way: it occurred to me on the sudden that I hadn’t invented a new word at all, but made a simple adverb.  Adding -ly to a word is not great creative writing, but laziness.

Can you ever forgive me, dear readers?  Especially those of you (you special ones) who wasted minutes of your life trying to figure out where it was?

To make it up to you, here are some other invented words:

techneptitude – technological ineptitude i.e. an inability to work everything from the tv remote to the computer.  It takes me at least two years to get the hang of a new mobile phone and by new I mean my children’s cast-offs.  My current phone is older than my last phone; but you may remember I washed my last phone with the trouser pocket it was sitting in.

Ummm…that’s all I’ve got at the moment.  I know there are others but I can’t work under such pressuritions.

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