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Post by Archived Topic » Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:25 pm

...comes from SlangSite but Googling I can't find much if any support for it

AUDIOGRAPHIC: A sound effect of original design used in electronic media designed to stimulate an image in the subconscious mind. A combo audio and image, as in "audiographic memory" or "audiographic teleconferencing."

Example: The use of clucking hens in the radio commercial inspired an image of women.
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:39 pm

Dale, advertises itself as follows: “ is a dictionary of slang, webspeak, made up words, and colloquialisms.”

So what’s a made-up word (it’s a bad sign when a website dealing in words doesn’t even know that ‘made-up’ should be hyphenated)? Is it one that someone just submitted off the top of their head or does it have to have appeared in news media a number of times and be more than just a local expression that is privy to a few in order to qualify. And how does any word or phrase (in addition to made-up ones) qualify to get onto this website? They don’t ever say. To tell you the truth, I really wouldn’t waste my time and energy analyzing expressions on a site that doesn’t even bother to properly define what it is doing. For some better sites with higher standards see, A Dictionary of Slang, etc.

A Dictionary of Slang available in our ‘Tools and Links’ section under Slang in 'Useful Links' lays things out very clearly when it says in part, “The listing of a slang expression is determined by its use beyond that of the localised employment of a few friends.”

Now there is nothing wrong with having a lower standard in order to try to catch what is most current, but they should at least say a few words on what that standard is, so that one is forewarned. However, I think I did get a hint of what qualifies to be included when I hit their submit button and got the message “We are sorry, but we are not accepting any new submissions right now.” — implying that this site was built on anybody saying anything that popped into their head – garbage in, garbage out!!

Ken – September 9, 2004
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Nov 24, 2004 9:53 pm

So it would appear

What good is a dictionary with made-up entries
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Nov 24, 2004 10:08 pm

Dale, Well, it would depend on made up ‘by whom’ and for ‘what purpose.’

Below are some winning ‘redefinitions’ from the ‘Washington Post Style Invitational’ (a few years ago). The idea is to ‘redefine’ words from the dictionary. You (Dale) might want to call them ‘neologisms’ (even though they have no currency) since they are old words with new definitions:

abdicate: v., to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

balderdash: n., a rapidly receding hairline.

bustard: n., a very rude Metrobus driver.

carcinoma: n., a valley in California, notable for its heavy smog.

circumvent: n., the opening in the front of boxer shorts.

coffee: n., a person who is coughed upon.

esplanade: v., to attempt an explanation while drunk.

flabbergasted: adj., appalled over how much weight you have gained.

frisbatarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there. [[not strictly a redefinition, but a good one nonetheless]]

flatulence: n., the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

gargoyle: n., an olive-flavored mouthwash.

internet: n., the web of interns in which Ken Starr tried to snare Bill Clinton.

lymph: v., to walk with a lisp.

Macadam: n., the first man on Earth, according to the Scottish bible.

mausoleum: n., floor covering used in crypts. Attractive from the both top & bottom.\r

marionettes: n., residents of Washington, DC, who have been jerked around by the mayor.

negligent: adj., describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightie.

oyster: n., a person who sprinkles his or her conversation with Yiddish expressions.

rectitude: n., the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he or she examines you.

semantics: n., pranks conducted by young men studying for the priesthood, including such things as gluing the pages of the priest's prayer book together just before vespers.

testicle: n., a humorous question on an exam (Ken’s old definition: What you give a person to check to see if they are ticklish).

willy-nilly: adj., impotent.

THE WASHINGTON POST'S STYLE INVITATIONAL also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition [made-up words]. Here are some of the winners:

sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the reader who doesn't get it.

reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very high.

foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of obtaining sex.

inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously.

osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.

karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like a serious bummer.

glibido: All talk and no action.

dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

intaxication: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. (people get refunds?)

ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

The following are my inventions (‘redefinitions’) submitted to the New York Times in October of 2001:

grammarian (n.), a recently wed grandmother

elocution (n), a form of cruel and unusual punishment

romanize ( v.), to turn into lettuce

transliterate (v.), to scatter rubbish across state lines

irredentist (v.), the nonstandard form of, in spite of or without regard for your dentist

parse (v.), (the transitive verb from the adverb), to sprinkle the herb

lingua franca (n.), an Italian, pasta/frankfurter delicacy

doxology (n.), the study of medical practioners

faux pas (n.), a father who is also the enemy

raison d'etat (n.), a fruitful insurrection by an ingredient faction at a breakfast cereal factory

Ken G – September 10, 2004
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Post by Archived Reply » Wed Nov 24, 2004 10:22 pm

Ken--thank you for the "neologisms" I'll place them in my Keepers folder til I can decide whether or which to use.
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Post by Ken Greenwald » Wed Feb 02, 2005 6:45 am

Here are a few more made-up words a friend sent me, purportedly also from the Washington Post’s Style Invitational, in which readers are asked to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing a few letters, and supply a new definition:

bozone: The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

cashtration: The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

decafalon: The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

arachnoleptic fit: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

beelzebug: Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

caterpallor: The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

Here are some scientific definitions you probably didn’t learn in school:

Eskimo pi = Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter.

won ton = 2000 pounds of Chinese soup.

1 microscope = 1 millionth of a mouthwash.

1 bananosecond = Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement.

1 billigram = Weight an evangelist carries with God.

knot-furlong = Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour.

1 lite year = 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling.

1 rod serling = 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone.

1 semicolon = Half of a large intestine.

1 kilohurtz = 1000 aches and pains.

1 hoarsepower = Basic unit of laryngitis.

a straight line = Shortest distance between two jokes (think about it for a moment).

1 pound cake = 453.6 graham crackers.

1 megaphone = 1 million phones or 1 trillion microphones.

2 kilomockingbirds = 2000 mockingbirds.

1 decacards = 52 cards.

1 fig newton = 1 kilogram of falling figs.

1 literhosen = 1000 cubic centimeters of wet socks.

1 microfiche = 1 millionth of a fish.

1 decoration = 10 rations.

1 C-ration = 100 rations.

1 diagram = 2 monograms.

2 paradigms = 8 nickels.

Ken G – February 1, 2004

(also see New Twists on Famous Phrases)

made-up words and redefinitions

Post by dalehileman » Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:01 pm

Thank you

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