Friday, November 19, 2010


     What would life be like if Lewis Carroll had never been born? No Alice. No Tweedledum & Tweedledee. And no "Jabberwocky." 
     Carroll was a word genius credited with coining portmanteau, now used to describe the concept of blending words to create new words. Like "swass," for example. (What kind of sorry state would the world still be in now if that neologism had not been invented?) 
     Thanks to Carroll, we all possess the poetic license to mash-up, mesh, and mingle words. If the word doesn't exist yet, what better way to solve that problem than create it? I love words. I'm a workgeek. I'm an amateur lexicographer. And I'm always seeking new ways to play with words. That is what wordfuse is all about....
numbsational (adjective):  A word used to describe something both numbing yet sensational, lively yet listless, likely due to an incongruity between hype and reality or an anticlimactic and unexpected outcome or general disappointment with the overall effect: Although I enjoyed the debut episode of Conan O'Brien's new show, I must admit that after all the hype, it was mostly a numbsational experience at best. See Hulk or pretty much most of the movies directed by M. Night Shyamalan.


Julie said...

I have a piece on my blog....
my word of creation is, compacity.

A combo of compassion & capacity .... I lack the compacity to deal with your issues today. Come back tomorrow, okay?

And I really agree with M Night productions being numbsational! Good one

DB Stewart said...

@Jules That's clever. Yeah, he made some good movies but some real stinkers too.

Unknown said...

Twas Brillig and the slithy toves...chortled...snicker-snack...

I love Lewis Carrol's work.

Artist and Geek said...

1. Mimsy were the borogroves
2. Love Lewis Carrol
3. Few good movies lately
4. Oxford dictionary no longer in hard copy
5. Will have to turn on computer to look words up
6. What was the question?
7. Stop it!

DB Stewart said...

@paulsifer42 Ditto.
@Artist&Geek Haha! Awesome.

Alittlesprite said...

OO! I LOVE word mashing.. I do it all the time, perplexing my hubby is my hobby...
When we were engaged and he was not yet my "HUBBY" I called him my Flubby.
Carpetulation - running the vaccume cleaner over a stubborn piece of fluff, picking it up and then placing it on the floor, to run over it with the vaccume again.
Reintarnation - Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
Pupkiss - being slobbered on by a puppy.

I've never watched a M. Night Shyamalan movie. Seems to me like I've dodged a bullet there. PHEW!

Vinny C said...

Refrigret - A combination of refrigerator & regret: This refers to the feeling you get upon opening the fridge on grocery day, prior to making said grocery run.

I'm such a sucker. I'm always so hopeful when a new Shyamalan film comes out. I keep saying: Maybe this time, just maybe.

DB Stewart said...

@Alittlesprite Very clever! Love reintarnation.
@VinnyC Good one. I feel the same way about Shyamalan and I probably always will. He made a few fantastic movies that keep me coming back, especially "Unbreakable."

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