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Speculative Lexography
April 26, 2013 12:01 AM   Subscribe

POWER VOCAB TWEET. Boost your vocabulary with these fiercely plausible words and definitions. About. [via mefi projects] posted by aniola (19 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Seems cromulent enough to me.
posted by DoctorFedora at 12:53 AM on April 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


As a recreational and professional neologizer, this trunes me.
posted by knile at 1:37 AM on April 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


No offense, but Tweet is not a real word.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:26 AM on April 26, 2013 [2 favorites]


No offense, but Tweet is not a real word.

The fact remains that every single word had to be made up at some point.
posted by solarion at 3:01 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


I considered following them but after reading a few, they got skepticulled.
posted by surplus at 4:10 AM on April 26, 2013


Knowing me, I'd end up using them day to day and would appear like even more of an idiot than I already do.
posted by sciurus at 4:42 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Solarion, I think there was a joke there. Tweet is obviously very much a real word.

Anyway, regarding PVT, the words themselves are no great shakes, but the random definitions are delightfully...random.

"axit, n. unit of heat equal to 100,000 British thermal units." That's actually the definition of the real word "therm."

"nowny, adj. of or made of or resembling lace." A meaning already perfectly covered by the word "lacy."

It's like an alternate universe where only uninteresting and banal things have changed. The Vice-President is still the Vice-President but only gets paid $230,668 yr.
posted by xigxag at 5:05 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: inventorating worders since 2001.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:07 AM on April 26, 2013


rasis, n. metal housing for a ship's compass indicating its heading

This one already has a made-up sounding word. It's a binnacle!
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 5:24 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


In the context of a post about made-up words, "lexography" is maybe OK; but it's "lexicography." (God, I hate to be that guy, but it was going to drive me nuts...)
posted by fikri at 5:26 AM on April 26, 2013


Don't forget your pronunciation manual!
posted by gwint at 6:10 AM on April 26, 2013


These are sniglets, no? I grew up loving the hell out of some sniglets.
posted by item at 6:11 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


More sniglets. RIP Rich Hall.
posted by item at 6:13 AM on April 26, 2013


Yikes. Rich Hall is not dead. I repeat, Rich Hall is NOT dead.

I have no idea who I was thinking of, but it wasn't Rich Hall.
posted by item at 6:16 AM on April 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


It's a common misinterment, item.
posted by cortex at 6:18 AM on April 26, 2013


Joel Grey had some swell dialogue like this in Altman's 'Buffalo Bill and the Indians'.
posted by ovvl at 7:12 AM on April 26, 2013


The thing I remember most about reading J.G. Ballard's Crash was his repeated use of the word binnacle.
posted by bendybendy at 7:13 AM on April 26, 2013


So 'binnacle' is the very zummit of the neologician's art, then?

I predict that this project will have a prolost influence on our functional vocabularies.
 
posted by Herodios at 8:32 AM on April 26, 2013


Huh. I never knew sniglets were Rich Hall's thing. I love him on QI, loved sniglets as a tiny child, never connected them.

And of course, was frantically googling to verify that he is alive.
posted by lazaruslong at 9:31 AM on April 26, 2013


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