Monday, August 02, 2010

The Dictionary Of Non-Words - 2

Here is the second (and final) list of non-words collected by the Oxford English Dictionary people who save them just in case they could be used in future editions of the dictionary. I thought last time “Freegan” was in our dictionary, but not so.

Nonversation – a worthless conversation, wherein nothing is explained
Oninate – to overwhelm with post-dining breath
Optotoxical – a look that could kill, normally from a parent or spouse
Parrotise – a haven for exotic birds especially green ones
Peppier – a waiter whose sole job is to offer diners ground pepper, usually from a large pepper mill

Percuperate – to prepare for the possibility of being ill
Polkadodge – the dance that occurs when two people attempt to pass each other but move in the same direction
Pregreening – to creep forwards while waiting for a red light to change
Quackmire – the muddy edges of a duck pond
Spatulate – removing cake mixture from the side of a bowl with a spatula

Sprog – to go faster then a jog but slower then a sprint
Whinese – a term for the language spoken by children on lengthy trips
Wibble – the trembling of the lower lip just shy of actually crying
Wikism – a piece of information that claims to be true but is wildly inaccurate


Blogger mjr said...

I always thought "parrotise" was the act of becoming a Jimmy Buffet fan.

August 05, 2010 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm...can we call these "sniglets?"

August 10, 2010 6:22 AM  

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