It can be fun to take a break from writing, editing and corporate communicating to play with words.
I love to read and write about words that others have invented.
Put aside that press release and let’s have some fun with these made-up words:
1. Afterclap: the last person to clap at a performance or event.
I know Alison is proud of her daughter, but does she have to be the afterclap every time?
2. Askhole: a person who asks too many pointless, intrusive or obnoxious questions.
I’m never going out with that askhole again.
3. Beerboarding: extracting information from colleagues by buying them drinks.
I think the only way to get answers from the IT folks is to beerboard them.
4. Confrazzled: being confused and frazzled.
Being forced to use this new content management system has left everyone confrazzled.
5. Chuckology: the study of Chuck Norris.
As the Chuckologists say, what would Chuck do?
6. Destinesia: the experience of reaching your destination and forgetting why you’re there.
I mostly experience destinesia on Monday mornings.
7. Gruntled: the opposite of disgruntled.
They’ve just announced this year’s bonus amount, so I’m feeling very gruntled right now.
8. Hiberdating: ignoring everyone else in favor of your boyfriend or girlfriend.
Beth must be hiberdating. I haven’t heard from her in weeks.
9. Intaxicaton: the sense of euphoria felt when receiving a tax refund.
Sarah’s intaxication lasted until she realized that it was her money in the first place.
10. Huggle: a combination of hug and cuddle. A huggle lasts a little longer than a hug.
I think someone needs a huggle.
11. Oblivia: a category for things that go unnoticed or have been easily forgotten.
Those years in middle school have gone into oblivia.
12. Phubbing: snubbing someone by looking at your phone instead of the person.
John will never forget how you phubbed him at the Christmas party last year.
13. Proofiness: using data and statistics to convince people of things that are not true.
Does he have real numbers, or is this more proofiness?
14. Puffalope: a puffy envelope.
You can never have too many puffalopes.
15. Textpectation: the anticipation of a text message.
Don’t respond to his text immediately. Otherwise, you’ll raise his textpectations.
16. Twesume: a resume or bio condensed into 140 characters that can be tweeted or otherwise messaged to a potential employer.
I’m going to stay home tonight and work on my twesume.
17. Unlightening: learning something that makes you dumber.
I’ve stopped watching the evening news; it’s very unlightening.
What words would you add to the list, Ragan readers?
Laura Hale Brockway is an Austin-based writer and editor and a regular contributor to PR Daily. Read more of her work at impertinentremarks.com.