Friday Fun: sniglets
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Sniglet is a neologism, popularized by comedian/actor Rich Hall during his tenure on the 1980s HBO comedy series Not Necessarily the News. Each episode of the monthly series featured a regular segment on sniglets, which Hall described as "any word that doesn't appear in the dictionary, but should". Hall's own sniglets, along with submissions by fans, were compiled into several books, starting with Sniglets and More Sniglets. See Sniglet

Below is a selection of sniglets I like (letters A - B):

Aeroma (ayr oh' ma) - n. The odor emanating from an exercise room after an aerobics workout.

Aeropalmics (ayr o palm' iks) - n. The study of wind resistance conducted by holding a cupped hand out the car window.

Ambivilane - the striped area by an exit ramp where people often pull off when trying to decide "Is this my exit?"

Animalanche: When you kick your stuffed animals in your sleep and they fall all over you or the floor. (from Kaffit, age 9)

Aquadextrous - adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes.

Arachnidiot (ar ak ni' di ot) - n. A person, who, having wandered into an "invisible" spider web, begins gyrating and flailing about wildly.

B+ Stampede (bee' plus stam peed) - n. The attempt by half the classroom to claim the paper with no name on it.

Baldage (bald' aj) - n. The accumulation of hair in the drain after showering.

Beavo (bee' vo) - n. A pencil with teeth marks all over it.

Bixplex (biks' pleks) - n. Psychological block in which a person cannot choose which color of disposable lighter to purchase.

Blithwapping - v. Using anything BUT a hammer to hammer a nail into the wall, such as shoes, lamp bases, doorstops, etc.

Blivett (blih' vit) - v. To turn one's pillow over and over, looking for the cool spot.

Blossor - n. The hair style one has after removing a baseball cap.

Blurfle (bler' ful) - v. To be caught talking at the top of one's lungs when the music at the bar or disco suddenly stops.

Source: Bert Christensen's Truth & Humour Collection

Have you coined your own sniglet? Suggest some words that are not in the dictionary but should.

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Really great! :-) Aug 12, 2011

This reminds me of ancient but ever modern Douglas Adams' "The meaning of liff".

For those who speak Spanish, there is also the magnificent "Diccionario de Coll" by José Luis Coll.

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Daniela Zambrini  Identity Verified
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fauxcellarm, phonundrum, or pandephonium Aug 12, 2011

...the momentary confusion people experience when they hear a cell phone ringing and wonder whether it's theirs

I must admit that this is not my own creation

it has been taken from Word Fugitives: In Pursuit of Wanted Words by Barbara Wallraff

a great read!

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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
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circumvaculate Aug 12, 2011

Not mine, but from so long ago, I forget who said it first (Irma Bombeck?):

circumvaculate, v., intr., to stand in one spot in the middle of the carpet and vacuum clean all around you.

It works!

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matt robinson  Identity Verified
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Sorry but I haven't a clue, not exactly the same but... Aug 12, 2011

And if you want a regular supply listen to BBC Radio 4's programme of the same name, they usually begin with a round of such definitions. E.g.

Propaganda: A post for one legged male geese

Wished: A card game played by people who are pisshed

Trampoline: Cleansing fluid for tramps

Coffee: Someone covered in spit

Tapioca: A disappointingly average dance routine

Tomahawk: A vegetable of prey

Etc. Some might be a bit obtuse (or contain lots of cultural references that a non Brit might not get), but the website is teeming with them, and lots of other fun stuff.

[Edited at 2011-08-12 20:28 GMT]

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