Fun With Words

I’ve just been reading the latest issue of Mslexia and there’s a mention in the What’s New section about the recent Washington Post neologism contest where readers were asked to come up with alternative meanings for words. Check out the winning entries here.

My favourites are flabbergasted (adj): appalled over how much weight you have gained, willy-nilly (adj): impotent and balderdash (n): a rapidly receding hairline.

The Washington Post also ran the Move on Back competition where they asked readers to create new words by moving the first letter to the end and to provide a definition. The winning entries are so clever. A few of the best: erriered: made an ass of oneself, carecrows: women who are so devoted to their men that they scare them away, Carusi: a man who died while trying to sing an impossibly high note.

Can you come up with a new definition for an existing word? Or coin a new word altogether?

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8 thoughts on “Fun With Words

  1. I noticed that in the new Mslexia too (which I think is even better in its new look!). I love the idea of coming up with new definitions of existing words, and that wee snippet inspired me to try again, though I haven’t yet….

    Juliet
    Crafty Green poet

    • I like the new look too and I’m excited about the new slots for submissions. Coming up with new definitions of existing words is hard, but lots of fun to experiment with.

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