17 more made-up words

You won’t find these words in the dictionary, but many communicators use them anyway.

It can be fun to take a break from writing, editing and corporate communicating to play with words.

I love to read and write about words that others have invented.

Put aside that press release and let’s have some fun with these made-up words:

1. Afterclap: the last person to clap at a performance or event.

I know Alison is proud of her daughter, but does she have to be the afterclap every time?

2. Askhole: a person who asks too many pointless, intrusive or obnoxious questions.

I’m never going out with that askhole again.

3. Beerboarding: extracting information from colleagues by buying them drinks.

I think the only way to get answers from the IT folks is to beerboard them.

4. Confrazzled: being confused and frazzled.

Being forced to use this new content management system has left everyone confrazzled.

5. Chuckology: the study of Chuck Norris.

As the Chuckologists say, what would Chuck do?

6. Destinesia: the experience of reaching your destination and forgetting why you’re there.

I mostly experience destinesia on Monday mornings.

7. Gruntled: the opposite of disgruntled.

They’ve just announced this year’s bonus amount, so I’m feeling very gruntled right now.

8. Hiberdating: ignoring everyone else in favor of your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Beth must be hiberdating. I haven’t heard from her in weeks.

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9. Intaxicaton: the sense of euphoria felt when receiving a tax refund.

Sarah’s intaxication lasted until she realized that it was her money in the first place.

10. Huggle: a combination of hug and cuddle. A huggle lasts a little longer than a hug.

I think someone needs a huggle.

11. Oblivia: a category for things that go unnoticed or have been easily forgotten.

Those years in middle school have gone into oblivia.

12. Phubbing: snubbing someone by looking at your phone instead of the person.

John will never forget how you phubbed him at the Christmas party last year.

13. Proofiness: using data and statistics to convince people of things that are not true.

Does he have real numbers, or is this more proofiness?

14. Puffalope: a puffy envelope.

You can never have too many puffalopes.

15. Textpectation: the anticipation of a text message.

Don’t respond to his text immediately. Otherwise, you’ll raise his textpectations.

16. Twesume: a resume or bio condensed into 140 characters that can be tweeted or otherwise messaged to a potential employer.

I’m going to stay home tonight and work on my twesume.

17. Unlightening: learning something that makes you dumber.

I’ve stopped watching the evening news; it’s very unlightening.

What words would you add to the list, Ragan readers?

Laura Hale Brockway is an Austin-based writer and editor and a regular contributor to PR Daily. Read more of her work at impertinentremarks.com.

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