Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Dictionary Of Non-Words - 1

I just noticed the Oxford English Dictionary people have a list of non-words. They go back to the early 1900’s up to today. But the good folks save them just in case they could be used in future editions of the dictionary.

Accordionated – being able to drive and refold a road map at the same time
Blogish – a variety of English that uses a large number of initialisms, frequently used on blogs
Dringle – the watermark left on wood caused by a glass of liquid.
Earworm – a catchy tune that frequently gets stuck in your head
Espacular – something especially spectacular

Freegan – someone who rejects consumerism, usually by eating discarded food
Fumb – your large toe
Furgle – to feel in a pocket or bag for a small object such as a coin or key
Glocalization – running a business according to both local and global considerations

Griefer – someone who spends their online time harassing others
Headset jockey – a telephone call centre worker
Lexpionage – the sleuthing of words and phrases
Locavor – a person who tries to eat only locally grown or produced food
Museum head – feeling mentally exhausted and no longer able to take in information; usually following a trip to a museum.


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