“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
Does anybody know that parlour game where you have to invent the real meaning of high-falutin’ words that people use. For example, ‘coup de grace’ is actually a French lawnmower and ‘magnum opus’ is a fat Irish cat.
Well, here’s a great list of neologisms new words from a recent BBC article. I saw it and it made me think of this new competition.
There’s a prize (in the form of a shiny new Articulate Moleskine-style notebook) for the reader who comes up with the funniest definition for any of these stupid invented words and phrases.
- Gains to be got
- Referral pathway
- Neutralising debt
- Calling points
- Progressive consensus
And a second prize for anyone who suggests the most opaque neologism that’s not on the list. But you have to provide a source to prove it really exists in the wild.
To enter, tweet your word or definition to @mstibbe or leave a comment on this blog post. Small print: I’ll decide who wins and when. Hey, it’s my prize so it’s my rules!