December 5, 2007

Fun With Fonix

Merriam-Webster now selects a word of the year. You can enter anything you like, and here are some already submitted.

I love words, and usually, to the consternation of my editors, make up my own when I can't find the one I'm looking for. I prefer to believe that language is fluid, as opposed to carved in stone. Unless you're dead.

On the list already compiled, I must say I'm drawn to 'sardoodledom'. It means an overly dramatic play, with too much big theatrics. I just like saying it. Sardoodledom.

Another one I like is 'wOOt', mostly because of the 'OO' in the middle. It means yipee, but you probably aleady figured that out. Some of the words are just dumb - 'sputum', people? The world of computers has understandably crept in like a drunk gorilla - 'facebook' (snooze), linkability, and I suppose we could toss 'sputum' back in here, come to think of it. The best computer word? 'Cruft' - bits of stuff that has no place to go in a program, or has to be totally reformatted to make it relevant. I can use it in a sentence for you: Lorraine sends Webgod Jeff pieces of cruft for her new website, and he works long into the night decruftifying it.

Now, I could get all uppity on the Webgod and tell him the customer is always right, but that would apparently make me a Pecksniffian. It's on the list. Look it up.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, and I'm sure that fighting with "Webgod Jeff" only increases his prices. Kind of like leaving the "Plumbing for Idiots" book in the bathroom while you're waiting for the Plumber to arrive.

birthday girl.

December 05, 2007 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your sentence "Lorraine sends Webgod Jeff pieces of cruft for her new website, and he works long into the night decruftifying it." is factually incorrect.

I'll let you figure out which part.

December 05, 2007 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with THAT attitude it's surprising W.G. Jeff has ANY clients. Just kidding, does he have a snarky counterpart in Toronto? (I'm into computer abuse)

December 06, 2007 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sardoodledom? I love it! My oldest daughter is the definition of drama and theatrics. Think I will have to fit this one into my everyday language. Whadyathink there DJ??


December 06, 2007 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect fit! But it would only be about 12 seconds till she figured it out


December 07, 2007 11:42 AM  

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