I was tooling around my favorite blogs a few days ago and ran across an interesting one at Nathan Bransford’s on least favorite words . It’s not surprising that, as a writer, I love words. But I couldn’t think of any specific ones that rub me wrong. There are the instances when words are misused (affect/effect, its/it’s anyone?) Right now I’m not super-crazy about the word super, since it’s become everyone’s favorite hyphenated adjective. But it only annoys me a little, not enough to knock the word into my stomp can.
So then I started thinking: what about made-up words? You know: when there’s no existing word for a particular thing so you make one up. Here are some of mine:
cursmudgeon: (n) that teeny little triangle of beard that some men leave dangling under their lower lip. I don’t know why.
pappy: (n) my daughter’s pacifier
shmoopish: (n?) the state of feeling shmoopie
shmoopie: (n) a term of affection. (I didn’t invent this one; it came from the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld–one of the most prolific word-maker-uppers of all time.)
Does anyone else make up words? Let’s hear ’em.