Neologisms are new words. I’m now consulting Aristotle in matters of composing prose (on baby’s recommendation) and he writes:
A new coinage is a word used by the poet but by no one else. (Aristotle, The Poetics)
These are of few words we’ve coined as of late:
Overcore: Coined by the Spy, a combination of overkill and hardcore. In a conversation:
Me, “We ought to build a large catenary arch in the garden. Maybe made out of chicken wire and dirt. So we can grow things in it. Thyme or something.”
The Spy, “That would be overcore.”
Perusalatory: Yes, Narf, this SHOULD be a word…ah, how it rolls off the tongue. In a sentence: “I’m going to go have a perusalatory look around the garden, care to join me?”
Glogging: blogging about gardening. Because I sort of despise the word “blogging”. Glog is the noun. Glardening/glarden are other options.
Fogs: blogs about food. Insert obvious joke about flatulence here. Because they’re about food. Get it? HAHaha
Neoidiom: An idiom is a colloquialism or common saying. Such as “a piece of cake” or “a drop in the bucket”. A neoidiom isn’t common or well-known because you just made it up. Technically, a neologism can refer to a newly coined word OR phrase, but in the interest of making up more words, neoidiom is born.
Here are a few of our neoidioms:
It’s my squirrel the world: Coined, and used often, by baby.
Me, “What does that mean?”
Baby, “I don’t know.”
Me, “Well what IS the squirrel the world?”
Baby, “It’s my squirrel all the time.”
Stockpiling your relaxation: My husband coined this one.
Me, “I’m doing nothing today since I’ll be busy tomorrow.”
Him, “So you’re stockpiling your relaxation?” Yes, yes I am. This one is both a neodium AND a euphemism for procrastination.
A euphemism is a more mild and tasteful way of expressing something more bluntly.
Good Dog: usually always a euphemism for Dexie, our puppy. Was simply a true statement for Maddie.
The leaves are piling up in the yard and soon we’ll be raking piles and jumping in. I thought I’d take a persulatory ramble through leafy pictures of yore and share. Even though they don’t have much to do with the points of this post…Enjoy!
Also in 2010: