Friday, August 5, 2011

World of Wordcraft

I'm off on holidays and away from my computer until Monday the 8th of August but I prepped a few tidbits before I left. Enjoy enjoy! ♥ M.

Let's face it. The words do not always exist to precisely express what you need to say. How often are you sitting in front of your computer writing an email or a blog post, when suddenly your mind goes blank. You scratch your head. You flex your brain. You scour the dictionary for that perfect descriptor only to come up empty. Well not no more. From here on out, if you don't have the words, I say: "Make 'em up!" I invent words regularly to fill in some rather obvious voids in the English language.

For example you might hear me say something like:

"Don't disturb me, I'm busy scrafting for my hole punch. What? You want to explore that platocean over yonder? Art Garfunkel, that seaweed is pretty, but it certainly is colderoni down here. The checknician wasn't kidding when he spoke of all the strange and gloriocious fish we'd encounter, eh?"

See what I mean? Much better.

Need a few useful tiptricks to help you get started? Let us share.
Tiptrick#1: Word fusion - Take two words and jam them together creating a whole new concept that borrows from each.

Tiptrick#2: Name shift - Use proper names to uniquely express surprise or wonder.

Tiptrick#3: Über words - Use a word with its original purpose but alter it slightly to amplify its impact by at least a thousand.
Note: Here are my example words demystified and defined, or should I say "demysdefined":
  • platocean - noun. a plateau under the ocean.
  • Art Garfunkel - interjection. expression of awe or happy expletive, as in wow.
  • colderoni - adjective. a superlative of cold meaning light years beyond freezing.
  • checknician - noun. a person skilled in the art of checking stuff.
  • scrafting - verb. the act of desperately looking for that craft supply you know you have but simply cannot find amid your extensive stash.
  • gloriocious - adjective. a superlative of glorious meaning glorious times a million

Search me why no one has thought of these before. Really. What are the dictionary people thinking? So I say again, when you're at a loss for words, do not fret. Put that creative mind of yours to good use and craft some brand new ones. OR if you're already word-crafty as can be, share your etymological gems in the comments. I'd love to hear them!

You have a great weekend now, I will see you soon!

1 comment:

  1. Are you in my head or something? I just had that same quandary this morning searching for a word to describe a flower's color ... I ended up with audacious because I am so sick of using awesome. Now I know just what to do! Thanks.


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