Wed 17 Dec, 2003 03:01 am
In the course of doing the 'Add a letter to make a new word' game, I have come up with some lovely new words which, strangely enough, don't seem to be in Merriam-Webster (OED might well have them of course). I think they SHOULD be words.
Therefore I propose a similar and parallel game, where the might-have-beens can find their place in the sun.
Example : isotherms was the last post. In fact, idly anagrammatising, I found horsemints which M-W liked. But I also found:
rolesmiths - drama- and self-help workshop junkies
loresmiths - olde tales and legendes junkies
thirstsome - thirsty
rosytheism - a pink fuzzy belief in all being good in the universe
misthrones - crowns the wrong brother king
thermopiss - temporary warmth created by peeing in the bed
mortichess - old word for checkmate
shirtmodes - obvious!
dimeshorts - beggars
each new word should of course be accompanied by a definition - it's a marriage of the balderdash thread with the add a letter thread
So I shall start with a three letter word, just as the august Mac11 does, and see what happens (I'm allowed to do anything on MY BIRTHDAY)
IRO - Australian abbreviation for an Irish person
So, let's see if I have this straight. I add a letter anywhere to IRO. And I can also scramble the letters? (It doesn't have to be a real word?)
Then I define it? Like this?:
I-Rox - making copies from the internet (as in Xerox?)
Bi-Rox - Making two copies or maybe half a copy from the Internet.
Reboxi -- plural for Rebocks (shoes)
(I don't know if this is what clary had in mind, but I like it!)
Yes, yes, exactly what I had in mind!
Exobrit - a British expatriate
That's a good idea. I often inadvertently make up words... like Efland; what on earth was that?
My word would be reboxis. It's the name of a Latvian goddess who takes people's shoes at night, in return for salvation. It is also the name given to mischevious women by the gutter press.
Oxbiters -- Food fetishishts who eat only oxmeat
Boxbiters-Mike Tyson boxing classes.
I agree; this is a brilliant idea!
Broxibiters: People who sleep in the brocks, eating what comes along.
Bronxbiters - folks who bite people who live in the northernmost borough of New York City, and then ask "What's it to yuh?"
Bibronxitiers - Members of "The Bibronxers" a sexual orientations rights group in the Bronx
cronbixerts: An elderly woman used to getting her own way.
Clary! We are enthused, but I think you need to sort things out here!
terrific - you're all doing well but take it slowly and then each word will have its day. But there will be people vying - inevitably, like the last 2. Just add one letter, mix and stir.
so this one is
then it looks as though people have added two many letters at once, so can you take it from BOXBITER?
Cribboxet: an even smaller version of a box room; a matress and a hanger. Found mostly in Des Moines.
exocribbat: a certain species of frog which makes the signature 'ribbet' sound by rubbing it's body against hard objectd
excrobbatics -- outdoor acrobatics
Coxtrabbiecsk-- adj. deriving from German, this means
a) something that's like Cox apples in Oxford
b) something that's like a holiday in Oxford
c) relating to Oxford rabbis
d) Relating to Rabbis thrown out of the faith because of mysterious circumstances.
I think Coxtrabbiescsk is the natural limit for this word, don't you?
I have to go out to dinner (poor me!!!) but someone else can start with a new 3-letter word