Saturday, January 17, 2009

When you invent a hybrid word

please do NOT combine two words that mean exactly the same thing. Because then, the meaning of the new word isn't anything new at all. For example, the word "chillin" and the word "relaxin" mean the same thing. SO the word "chillaxin"? It doesn't mean anything new at all. And it makes everyone think of cold laxatives.

Also, picture someone really intelligent, like Marilyn Vos Savant, saying the word. Could you picture her saying "bromance"? I think not.

It also helps if your hybrid word relates to current events. I recently heard the word "staycation" which I guess is a vacation you take at home where you don't travel anywhere due to the failing economy.

But, my favorite all-time hybrid word is one that I've heard for years, and is still relevant. I'm talking about the word "cankles." Ladies, you know exactly what these are. And how we all say a little silent prayer at night that we won't develop them. Why, XX chromosomes? WHY?!


Stephanie said...

Have you heard the new hybrid word? Whooty. Definition = white girl with a booty.

Amy said...

The only person I know with cankles is XY. And what about craptacular or craptastic? I use those occasionally. :)

Stephanie Hardy said...

I do say craptastic on occasion, but I probably use "shicrappy" more often.

Jordan said...

Here's more than you ever cared to know about blends/portmanteaus.

MyssMeow said...

I like such words but mostly because of the tv show Psych.
I've come up with a new one for...not so hot leg features that I call 'thalves'. It's when your thighs and calves sort of run together with no regard for knees. Generally a problem with short people, such as yours truly.
I do like craptastic but one of my favorites is ginormous (thank you Elf) and I use the term garlictastic and garlictacular to describe a really great smelling Itallian restaraunt.

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