Create a word, take 2

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Create a word, take 2

Post by Archived Topic » Mon Dec 31, 2001 1:44 pm

For a couple of years, I've been thinking of setting up a website where people can create fatuous buzzwords and phrases and launch them into the wild. Proof of acceptance could be independent publication in at least 3 major newspapers/journals/websites. For maximum points, they should
- achieve a high level of obfustication (but who could ever beat "terminate with extreme prejudice")
or
- replace a perfectly servicable synonym (er... "signation" for "signage", for instance)
or
- be hopelessly illogical (how about "post-development specification documentation")

Neologisms must be declared on the site before they are launched into the wild.

I was thinking of calling the site http://www.corporate-bollix.com.

Any takers?
Submitted by Phil White (Munich - Germany)
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 1:58 pm

It has its appeal, certainly; however, the media, government and academe seem to be doing such a bang up job on their own that it would be hard to compete. I am more for clarity in speech and writing, not continued obfuscation. *G*
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 2:13 pm

Phil, I second everything that Leif has just said. The professional mystifiers and language-manglers need no further encouragement, even though your site could certainly be amusing.

On the other hand, if you feel strongly enough about it, there's no real harm in giving it a try (except to the medium of Anglo-Saxon discourse, as has already been mentioned). If you do go ahead, for maximum appeal I'd suggest using a name that's less obviously provocative. Otherwise you'll mostly get weirdos and misfits visiting your site; I'm sure you'll want to avoid your site sharing the fate of Wordwizard. (Just a joke! Almost!)

BTW, have you checked out the website devoted to neologisms, http://www.wordspy.com ?
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 2:27 pm

Leif, Erik,

Fair, but it's so tempting. Just to see if anyone can beat William Lutz's marvellous collection. Hey, is that guy on the Web?

Wordspy's been bookmarked for ages now, wordwizard only recently.
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 2:41 pm

profanatic
any guess what that might mean?
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 2:56 pm

Two stages beyond an enthusiastic amateur.
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 3:10 pm

will do?
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 3:25 pm

Profanatic? Someone whose life is dedicated to being a fan? Perhaps a mascot or cheerleader? Or it could be a frilly way of saying "profane".

If you want to invent words, become a novelist or a politician. Also: why no marketing department has come up with a product name or word to rhyme with "orange" is beyond me.
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 3:39 pm

continuing with the pro-base,

proctomentary
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 3:53 pm

prostatogonist of male chauvinism ;)
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 31, 2001 4:08 pm

to Chrystal Hays

'overzealous amateur' would be better
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