A few weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite made-up words, among them: “stample,” “jobfuscate,” and “hygienevangelist.”
I also asked readers to offer their favorite coinages—which they did, along with their own definitions in some cases.
Here’s what you came up with, though it seems not all of them are favorites. Use them wisely (if you dare):
1. Conversate— a combination of conversation and communicate (just in case someone’s forgotten the verb converse).
Example: “Maybe we should try to conversate with Bob instead of sending an email.”
2. Ginormous— the state of being giant and enormous.
Example: “Why do all photos of fundraising events feature a ginormous check?”
3. Irregardless— when people mistakenly combine irrespective and regardless.
Example: “Irregardless of what the dictionary says, I am going to continue using the word irregardless.”
4. Carefrontation— art of delivering constructive, compassionate feedback.