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Made Up words.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [DB]' started by Petebass, May 18, 2005.

  1. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    The spelling thread got me thinking about this.

    Do you know anyone who uses words which don't even exist as part of their normal speech ? For example, I have a friend who often says TRET, as in "The waiters at the restaurant TRET us well last night". You can see what he's done. Many years ago he decided that if the past tense of Meet is Met, then the past tense of Treat must be Tret........

    Any others?
  2. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    i think tret might need to be taken back to webster 's for re-tooling.

    oh and send your friend my love and a good solid wedgie for me .

    John ,

    [past participal police in perpetuity]
  3. tzadik


    Jan 6, 2005
    Sure, all the time.

    How about:


    It describes that which is both dramatic and drastic.
  4. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    Back in the car service days, I worked with a service writer who created so many words we wrote a short book full of 'em. My favorite was when he was comparing our product to the competition's, he would say that our widget was competible with theirs. I'll try to remember more, he was the master.
  5. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    If anything has been perfected here in the Deep South, it is the bastardization of the English language and sythesis of strange new "words". A real master can combine 4-5 words into one phrase. I think it's a result of our habit of talking slowly...we have to combine stuff to keep up with people from other places.

    I may write as if I have a decent education, but you'd be horrified if you heard me speak in person. I daresay some of you would need a translator.
  6. Alexi David

    Alexi David

    May 15, 2003
    My girl got me started on "Ginormous". I like it.

    If I can improvise the language of music, I'll do the same with English! Amen!

  7. Prime example: "Did you eat yet?" is usually said "djeet?"
  8. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    How about "tidyenda" as in "You can ride y'bikes tidyenda street, but no further."

    My singer has a good one. Now I can accept 2 different pronunciatiations of the word "either", but I can't handle him telling me we can do things "aither" way.
  9. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    Stoptional - any stop sign on private property such as a mall parking lot
  10. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    "Unonymous" ...everybody is doing "it" but you can't identify any of them. The result of raising a teenager. I'm pretty proud of that one.
  11. christ andronis

    christ andronis

    Nov 14, 2001
    I like "bazillion"..as in "that bass is worth a bazillion dollars."

  12. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Abomatrocity: abomination/atrocity

    Credit to drummer Ian Froman for that one, AFAIK.
  13. Here's an article I received from a friend, long before the days of "texting" - prophetic?

    "To all lovers of the Queen's English:

    The European Commission has just announced an agreement that English will be the official language of the EU, rather than German (the other possibility). As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement, and has accepted a 5-year phase-in of new rules which would apply to the language
    and reclassify it as EuroEnglish.

    The agreed plan is as follows:

    In year 1, the soft 'c' would be replaced by 's'. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard 'c' will be replaced by 'k'. This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan now have one less letter.

    There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome 'ph' is replaced by 'f'. This will reduse 'fotograf' by 20%.

    In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent 'e's in the language is disgrasful and they should eliminat them.

    By year 4, peopl wil be reseptiv to lingwistik korektions such as replasing 'th' with 'z' and 'w' with 'v' (saving mor keyboard spas).

    During ze fifz year, ze unesesary 'o' kan be dropd from vords kontaining 'ou' and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

    After zis fifz year, ve vil hav a reli sensibil riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi to understand ech ozer....

    Judging from the standard of grammar and spelling seen today on The Web, it would seem that this has already occurred.

    - Wil
  14. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    A common one for us Californian's is the word "hella" (i.e. "hella crazy"). Come to think of it, I can't think of any other origin word other than "hell". Someone told me it cane from east bay.
  15. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Tons of 'em out here...Pidgin is a language and culture unto itself. One of my faves is "Brok' Da Mout", which refers to food so ono, so tasty, that it literally "broke my mouth".

    However, if a local guy says "Like beef?" to you, he is not offering you some ono grindz, but asking you if you want to fight.

    Shoots, cuz, get plenny. Kurt Muroki could spout pidgin at you for days.
  16. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    I used to work with a guitar player who liked to say bro and dude a lot... One night he was speaking a little fast and accidentally said "bude"... He's used it ever since.
  17. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    The kids and I use "schmirtelated", as in the Bills got schmirtelated by the Colts again (go Colts!).
  18. Tim Ludlam

    Tim Ludlam

    Dec 19, 1999
    Carmel, IN
    I am completely confuzzled by this thread. (confused + puzzled).
  19. Ben Rose

    Ben Rose Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2004
    That post about the EU language above is so funny.

    The adaptability of the English language is often "misunderestimated". That word seems to be popping up more and more frequently.
  20. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    There's a name for these new constructions- neologisms. One of my nephews started using "Ginormous" about four years ago- I wonder where it came from?

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