Dale, Well, it would depend on made up ‘by whom’ and for ‘what purpose.’
Below are some winning ‘redefinitions’ from the ‘Washington Post Style Invitational’ (a few years ago). The idea is to ‘redefine’ words from the dictionary. You (Dale) might want to call them ‘neologisms’ (even though they have no currency) since they are old words with new definitions:
: v., to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
: n., a rapidly receding hairline.
: n., a very rude Metrobus driver.
: n., a valley in California, notable for its heavy smog.
: n., the opening in the front of boxer shorts.
: n., a person who is coughed upon.
: v., to attempt an explanation while drunk.
: adj., appalled over how much weight you have gained.
(n.), The belief that, when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there. [[not strictly a redefinition, but a good one nonetheless]]
: n., the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
: n., an olive-flavored mouthwash.
: n., the web of interns in which Ken Starr tried to snare Bill Clinton.
: v., to walk with a lisp.
: n., the first man on Earth, according to the Scottish bible.
: n., floor covering used in crypts. Attractive from the both top & bottom.\r
: n., residents of Washington, DC, who have been jerked around by the mayor.
: adj., describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightie.
: n., a person who sprinkles his or her conversation with Yiddish expressions.
: n., the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he or she examines you.
: n., pranks conducted by young men studying for the priesthood, including such things as gluing the pages of the priest's prayer book together just before vespers.
: n., a humorous question on an exam (Ken’s old definition: What you give a person to check to see if they are ticklish).
: adj., impotent.
THE WASHINGTON POST'S STYLE INVITATIONAL also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition [made-up words]. Here are some of the winners:
: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the reader who doesn't get it.
: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
: Vandalism spray-painted very high.
: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of obtaining sex.
: To take coffee intravenously.
: A degenerate disease.
: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like a serious bummer.
: All talk and no action.
: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
: Euphoria at getting a refund from the IRS, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with. (people get refunds?)
: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
The following are my inventions (‘redefinitions’) submitted to the New York Times
in October of 2001:
(n.), a recently wed grandmother
(n), a form of cruel and unusual punishment
( v.), to turn into lettuce
(v.), to scatter rubbish across state lines
(v.), the nonstandard form of, in spite of or without regard for your dentist
(v.), (the transitive verb from the adverb), to sprinkle the herb
(n.), an Italian, pasta/frankfurter delicacy
(n.), the study of medical practioners
(n.), a father who is also the enemy
(n.), a fruitful insurrection by an ingredient faction at a breakfast cereal factory
Ken G – September 10, 2004
Reply from Ken Greenwald (Fort Collins, CO - U.S.A.)