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Have fun. Make up new words!

lipsgravatarDo you love having fun creating and using new words?

In these tight economic times it is more important than ever to find ways to unleash our inner comedian without spending a dime.

Thankfully, making up new words is still FREE (tax-free, calorie-free and fat-free).

Vocabularians Vocabucize

I consider myself to be a vocabularian (vocabularian, n.: one who makes up new words) because I love to vocabucize (vocabucize, v: the act of making up new words).

Did you know most new words are really old words hacked up and smashed together? Hack-em and smash-em! It is like a soap box derby with your dictionary.

In 5 Quick Ways to Get Your Giggle On I explained how much I love creating portmanteau words (pronounced port-man-toe). Ok, I didn’t actually use the term portmanteau because I am not that cool (or geeky) and secondly, I just learned about it in Wikipedia last week.  Wikipedia is an example of a portmanteau word because it combines the word “wiki” and “encyclopedia”.

Learn something new everyday dontcha?


Christa’s vocabulious creations

GIGGLETON, n.: a person with the ability to makes others smile, laugh and be light-hearted.

FABULICIOUS, adj.: things, notably food items that are both fabulous and delicious. I sometimes use this word to describe inedible items like my new sparkly tees.

GROOVESSENCE, adj,: the basic, real and invariable nature of a person or object which is inherently awesome or totally cool.

FABULOCITY, v.: the quickness in which a person can transform from a messy slob* to amazingly and fashionably hot!  *[think of what you look like post-work out, before you pluck your eyebrows, shower, brush your hair and apply face paint, eh hem, I mean, make-up]

GIGGLICIOUS, adj.: a person or a thing that is cute, funny and positive.

FUNBELIEVEABLE, adj.: extremely enjoyable, amusing or pleasurable activity that is unlikely to be believed.

laugh off the bad stuff

Through the magic of cyberspace I met a fellow vocabularian, Eric Ruhalter. Eric is so passionate about creating new words that he actually sat down to write his own dictionary. He was inspired by his three kids to vocabucize by the precious, not so-precious and downright maddening moments of being a father. [Maddening moments was Eric's choice of words, not mine].

The KidDictionary: A Book of Words Parents Need But Don’t Have was born from Eric’s desire to help parents laugh rather than get upset in the face of the trials and tribulations of parenting. Eric’s motive for writing this dictionary embodies the “Don’t Give Up! Giggle On!” spirit. Kudos Eric!

You gotta laugh off the bad stuff. Writing a dictionary to help parents giggle and blow off some stream is a a groovilicious and gigglicious thing to do.

Excerpt from the Kid Dictionary

ORTHODONTREPRENEUR (ORR-tho-dahn-truh-prehn-ORR) n : – a child interested in knocking his own teeth out in the interest of a hefty payday from the Tooth Fairy. Inspiration for the word came from the mouth of Eric’s son:  “I think that if I knock all my teeth out I’ll be rich!”

INVISIBOOBOO (in-VIZ-uh-boo-boo) n: – The site on a child’s body where you unnecessarily applied a Band-Aid to appease them when they got hurt, though did not bleed.

Yo Eric, ever use Bacon Band-Aids on an invisibooboo?

THREEMAGEDDON (three-muh-GED-in)n.: – The supposed hellfire and brimstone that would erupt should an annoyed mother reach the third digit while counting aloud to 3 to get a non-compliant child to get his act together… “ONE !….TWOOOOOOO !!!!…..  ”

To learn more about Eric’s book visit or buy it direct from here.

Are you a vocabucizing vocabularian like me and Eric? Share your new word creations in the comment section.


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