Today marks the beginning of a new feature for me: Made-It-Up Mondays.
when I’m in the mood, I am going to throw out a 100% made-up word and ask you to a) define the word, and b) then use the word in a sentence that indicates how the word could be used.
Why? Because someone recently gave me the book The Meaning of Tingo: And Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World.
(Of course, it is my new favorite book.)
I read that that there are approximately 1,010,649.7 words in the English language. And while this seems like a really enormous lexicon, many nuances of human language sometimes leave us tongue-tied.
Sometimes it is necessary to turn to other languages to find a word to find le mot juste.
As Bill DeMain noted in his article “15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent”:
“Zhaghzhagh” is a Persian word, a noun, meaning the chattering of teeth from extreme cold or rage.
We don’t really have a word for that in English, do we?
When I can’t find the right word on the word-shelf to fit my mood or predicament, I just make one up.
It will be fun to see what other people come up with.
Remember, you can’t be wrong because the word I throw out will be a 100% fictional word.
If you’d like to submit a made-up word of your own, feel free to contact me. (My info is under the “Contact Me” tab.)
I’m starting alphabetically.
This week, the made up word is:
What the heck is that? When would you say it? Define it and give me a sentence in which you show me how you would use it.
You know, if it were a real word. 😉