Friday, May 18, 2007

looking for words

I think there ought to be a word for when academic writers make up a word for their own purpose: a word that is totally unnecessary and could easily be replaced by a word in common usage. (Preferably a word that I could yell at the book every time the unnecessary one was used.)

I think there also ought to be one plural word for neices and nephews. That's a ridiculous mouthful. I trip over it every time.

Betsy got me thinking about words that English ought to have. She got published in The Atlantic: "I need a word for the very vulnerable moment when, to pass through airport security, I must re­move my shoes. This is the great equalizer: in sock feet, no one is dignified."

There also ought to be a word for when I should be grading, but I'm blogging........I don't like the sound of procrastination.


Carol said...

Speaking of words that should be in the dictionary but aren't, did you listen to Car Talk this morning? They had a bunch. How about "destinasia" for when you go into a room and forget why you went there, or "molassticist" for the person who takes a malicious pleasure in making a situation as slowing and painful as possible.

kate said...

ah, those are awesome.

on a more serious note, i really wish we had another word in the english language for 'know'...for when you've known something, but now you really know it.