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tony draper
20th Nov 2013, 08:16
It is said Shakespeare came up with around a thousand new words in his life time, most now in everyday use in the English language, what does the combined effort of humanity come up with these days?
fackin 'Selfy'(sp?)

Words Shakespeare Invented (http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/wordsinvented.html)

Cyber Bob
20th Nov 2013, 08:25
'Selfie' - get with it Mr D

20th Nov 2013, 08:29
Oh, Mr. D, now you've opened a Pandora's box! :eek:

Buzzworthy words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online ? squee! | OxfordWords blog (http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/08/new-words-august-2013/)

20th Nov 2013, 08:38
Come on now, Mr D, as the man who introduced 'huggy fluff' to the English language, you're not doing too badly yourself.

It's always been my ambition to leave a word or phrase for posterity, I'm still working on it. I know the bloke who supposedly invented 'been there, done that'.

tony draper
20th Nov 2013, 08:57
The best thing too leave behind is a new disease,your name will be forever remembered.
"I hear old Carruthers got caught up in the Bombay Draperitis outbreak in Sunderland"
"Poor beggar"
"I heard ten million dead so far"

20th Nov 2013, 09:03
Tediocrity: the boring level of sameness in most posts around this site about flightradar tracks!

20th Nov 2013, 09:27
Retrotediocrity: the tendency of quasiwhingers to simply piggyback on prior remarks by adding a word or syllabus.

20th Nov 2013, 09:30
I believe these were in the Washington Post, but I received them by email:

1. Bozone (n.): 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.

2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

9. Karmageddon (n): its 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.

10. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day
consuming only things that are good for you.

11. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

12. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

16. Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

20th Nov 2013, 09:35
The bard's words have stood the test of time. Today's new words seem to be related to applications of emerging electronic technology, and most of them are crap and will probably cease to exist in a decade.

Coincidently, today I was asked to invent an IT word. I came up with "haconteur". Apologies in advance.

20th Nov 2013, 10:48
Gregacious. Gregarious and vivacious.

Nerdrak. A nerdy anorak.

20th Nov 2013, 11:10

If Jesus was born today, would he be one of the three wise men?

20th Nov 2013, 14:01
My favourite word is sesquipedalianism. apparently it means the use of unnecessarily long words.

20th Nov 2013, 14:06
Loki-eshew obfuscation :)

20th Nov 2013, 14:12
Douglas Adams, author of 'Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy', wrote a book of 'needful new words'. The only one I can remember is 'grimbister' - a group of cars all travelling at the same speed on a highway because one of them is a police car. As in, 'Sorry I'm late, darling, I got caught in a grimbister on the...'

Adams also presaged the internet-connected tablet computer which fits exactly the description of the Hitchhiker's Guide.

Lightning Mate
20th Nov 2013, 14:12
The best thing too leave behind

I always new that these norverners could'nt spell proper like. :ok:

Airey Belvoir
20th Nov 2013, 14:37
Not so much a new words but Australians have added some richness to the English vocabulary. A phrase I particularly like is "fat rat's clacker" - as in "I couldn't give a fat rat's clacker if she's married"

dubbleyew eight
20th Nov 2013, 15:42
I once had to tell my sidekick not to go to sleep on solving the problem because I hadnt the faintest what it was.

at one stage he asked "what do you think?"
"it is a GMF job, sure of it"

much later in privacy he asked about the GMF.
it's Got Me F*****D.

the term 'GMF job' later became quite widespread among the technicians and engineers supporting the system.

even the office secretaries picked up on it although they never knew what the initials meant.

dubbleyew eight
20th Nov 2013, 15:46
you've never been thirsty in the heat or had a throat caked in grot until you've been "flat out like a lizard drinking". yep australia again.:E

people who dont understand are 'as thick as two short planks'.

20th Nov 2013, 18:51
dubbleyew eight

Once knew an engineer who said he could fix a piece of kit....he just needed a new PFM Module. I was impressed until some while later I was told PFM stood for Pure F*****g Magic.

21st Nov 2013, 01:39
From a recent conversation:
Teenager: it's not like I've got FOMO or anything
Teenager: fear of missing out

21st Nov 2013, 08:26
Old bloke on Gogglebox watching Miley Cyrus doing the crotch grabbing routine on TV commented to his wife, "Look, she's grabbing her pokey!"

New one on me (and Mrs TTN) - did he just invent it?"

tony draper
21st Nov 2013, 08:46
Must be a thousand terms or the rude bits of the human anatomy,we been making them up since we came down from the trees.
Another annoying one is the phrase a certain class of Americans tag on to the end of every sentence,"Know what I'm Saying"

21st Nov 2013, 08:57
The only one I can remember is 'grimbister'

That's a crumbly farmhouse cheese from Orkney, as I'm sure young ricardian can confirm.

21st Nov 2013, 09:52
That definition of Grimbister appears in The meaning of Liff originally written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd.

Their idea, as stated in the preface was, ' recognising that the world is littered with thousands of words which spend their lives doing nothing but loafing around on signposts pointing at places, to get these words down off the signposts and into the mouths of babes and sucklings and so on where they can start earning their keep in everyday converation and make a more positive contribution to society".

Such words as:

Scridain ~ the look bestowed on the human race by Jeremy Paxman

Gawcott ~ a child so ugly you can't tell which way up it is

Lossiemouth ~ one of those middle-aged ladies with just a hint of a luxurious handlebar moustache

I think I've just found a use for the ~ key:ok:


Um... lifting...
21st Nov 2013, 11:24
Mr. D, I think you may find this an example of which you speak.


21st Nov 2013, 13:39
W8, you've got it a bit a*se up.

'Flat out like a lizard drinking' means 'very busy', literally flat out. The state of being extremely thirsty is that of being 'dry as a nun's c*nt'. If there has been overindulgence in alcohol - 'piss' or in indigenous argot 'woobler' - then one may 'chunder' or if indoors 'talk to the toilet'.

A side effect of heavy drinking may be maudlin thoughts concerning the opposite sex, such as 'I'd walk a mile over busted glass just to hear her piss' and similar romantic reveries.

On the other hand, to be completely sated with food is to be 'as full as a state school' or 'as full as a fat girl's sock'.

If one is heading for difficulties one could soon be 'in more trouble than the early settlers', a state of affairs about which one may or may not 'give a rat's a*se'.

In addition, there are a number of rude and obscure phrases Australians use to intensify meaning.

21st Nov 2013, 14:01
The Bard was clearly way ahead of his time...... :}

21st Nov 2013, 14:04
Arch Bishop of Canterbury:
The French ambassador upon that instant
Craved audience; and the hour, I think, is come
To give him hearing: is it four o'clock?

Henry V:
Verily! BUZZ him in.

21st Nov 2013, 14:49
Terry Pratchett takes "Australianisms" way out beyond the limit in his book "The Last Continent", with two blokes arguing about what the phrases mean. Lovely stuff.

21st Nov 2013, 15:11
Letters to the Times today...

Some wag suggested that if a "selfie" is a photograph of oneself, then the image of another person should be referred to as an "elsie"

tony draper
21st Nov 2013, 15:16
Presumably if one uses the Black and white setting it would be a Pastie.:uhoh: