New Words for Describing Contemporary Life

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    Mar 27, 2014 4:04 PM GMT
    Mumblenym (n.) MUM-bul-nim Word you don’t know how to pronounce, usually because you’ve seen it written but never heard it spoken, like “misled” or “awry.”

    Cancellelation (n.) KAN-sul-ee-LAY-shun The joy felt by someone who frees up his schedule by cancelling an appointment or reneging on a social plan.

    Conservaschism (n.) kun-SUR-va-SKIZ-um The early-21st-century political divide in the U.S. Congress between moderate Republicans and far-right extremists who refuse compromise at any cost.

    Overdoeuvre (v.) O-vur-DURV To eat so many appetizers that you lose your appetite for a meal.

    Polterguy (n.) POL-tur-gi Ex-boyfriend who exerts a haunting, destructive influence on a person’s later relationships.

    Namedredge (v.) NAYM-dredzh At a social gathering, to desperately cue others to say aloud the name of a person in your midst whose name you have, to your shame, forgotten.

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    Mar 27, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    All of these words are mumblenym. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 27, 2014 4:21 PM GMT
    You didn't source your quote. I've never head or read any of those words. Also, there's a recent thread on Hybred Lexicon (more precisely: Portmanteau):

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3746615
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    Mar 27, 2014 4:24 PM GMT
    The words are from a new book by Liesl Schillinger's “Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century".
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    Mar 27, 2014 4:28 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidThe words are from a new book by Liesl Schillinger's “Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century".

    So she just made them up.
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    Mar 27, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidThe words are from a new book by Liesl Schillinger's “Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century".

    I've never heard a one of them, but... I kinda like them, except maybe mumblenym. Perhaps it's the examples given: there are people challenged by misled and awry? I think you may have misled us, making your point go awry. icon_wink.gif