Saturday, February 25, 2006

Scenes from my Observation Tower~


Examples of Excess:
Multi-tasking was taken to a new level during a sports interview on NBC. Young skate-starling, holding court on her ability to focus under pressure, is not only pumping away on an exercise bike, but also listening to her iPod while maintaining her poise on international TV. Live.

Custom M&M's are the new snack de rigueur. Now you can put your words on M&M's chocolate candy! Choose from 17 colors, then personalize them with your own message.
"Anyway you want to say it, say it on Custom-Printed M&M's."
( or, you could just tell someone....)

New Word Free-for-all:
"medal"
is now a verb.
Ex: Sports commentator: "The Finnish bobsled team will surely medal this event."

Would that make them a bunch of medalers? (not to be confused with meddlers--not something to aspire to.)

chillax- to chill out/relax
snirt- dirty snow
confuzzled- confused/puzzled
ginormous- bigger than gigantic and enormous
phonecrastinate- to put off answering the phone until caller-ID is displayed.
mouse potato- someone who spends too much time in front of the computer
wetware- the human brain, esp. when thought of as functionally equivalent to computer software.

note: these words are not in any official dictionary (yet), but are in usage, regardless.

post script: the observant reader will notice what a word lover I am.
That would that make me a:
1. wordophile
2. vocabophile
3. languophile
4. other









4 Comments:

Blogger Darlene Sinclair said...

I'm so poorly educated, never having read much until homeschooling was endeavored. I'm still running to catch up - this is my first read of Pearl Buck. It was superb and incredibly insightful. Truly.

6:51 PM  
Blogger eyestotheeast said...

My favorite is "mouse potato" =)

Speaking of making words into verbs, I'm amazed by the fact that "google" is no longer simply a search engine, it is now a verb - synonomus with "looking up information on the internet."

(didn't the term "google" origionally refer to a numerical number? I thought so, but I could not find that definition anywhere. Does anyone else know?)

ps - I think words fascinate us too much =)

2:22 PM  
Blogger eyestotheeast said...

I found it =)

"Then they created a test search engine, which they named “Google,” a play on the word googol (pronounced goo-gle), a math term meaning 1 followed by 100 zeros."

It was a math term first. crazy. but fun.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

There is a Society for people like you. http://www.americandialect.org/
You'll find a link on the home page to an article about words coined in 2005.

BTW: "4. other" Try "dictophile."

5:16 PM  

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