A new word?

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I was talking to Robert this morning on the way to work. As is often the case in the morning, my mouth was moving without my brain being fully engaged. Out popped a new word: “jealerous”  a combination of “jealous” and “generous.” I think it will be useful.




1. A display of generosity calculated to stimulate envy or resentment in onlookers who do not benefit from it.
After the department manager moved on to another position, she sent an elaborate fruit basket to just a couple of the team– what a jealerous jerk!  

Favourite words and being creepy, part II

Juggernaut – a massive force that crushes everything in its path. Derived from the Hindi name Jagannath, one of the avatars of Vishnu, Lord of the World.

Prestidigitation – slight of hand. Cobbled together from the French word preste (nimble), the Italian word presto (quick), and the Latin digitus (finger). Nimble Quickfinger! Nimble Quickfinger would be a great name for an androgynous, sexually voracious pickpocket in a high fantasy setting. Nimble Quickfinger, the scourge of all the brothels in King’s Landing! (apologies to George R.R. Martin).

Dropsy – archaic term for edema, swelling due to water retention

Endentulous – without teeth, as in “Grandad’s endentulous now, he finds it harrowing to eat a normal meal. He has become skeletal and truculent as a result. Furthermore, he can no longer practice prestidigitation due to his dropsy. It’s as though his corporeal body conspires against him and thwarts his every attempt at happiness. If it weren’t  for his near-total amnesia, he’d be hell to live with; a real juggernaut.”

I only recently learned the word “endentulous”. I couldn’t sleep and was reading some City of Vancouver coroner’s reports on the Interweebs. (Yes, this is one of the many creepy things I do in the middle of the night; nevertheless, I am mostly harmless). The person who died was referred to as “endentulous”. Note to self: save enough money so that when I am old I can live in a care home with properly trained staff. What happened to this individual because he had no teeth and was being fed by caregivers who did not have the correct skills was awful. If you want to know, I will tell.

On favourite words and being creepy


Like most writers, I have some favourite words. I was recently writing a short piece for another website on this topic, and I discovered that many of my favourite words are thematically linked. In a nutshell, they are creepy.

A sampling . . .

SKELETAL (but only pronounced the UK way, skel-EE-tal, not the US way SKEL-eh-tel).

AMNESIA (make a nice baby girl’s name, don’t you think?)

HARROWING (not sure why I like this one, but I do. The relationship the contemporary definition has to the verb to harrow is interesting)

TRUCULENT (not as creepy as the others, but still an interesting word. You can roll it around your mouth like a poisoned menthol cough drop. Go ahead, I’ll wait) 

CORPOREAL (esp. the way I tend to use it, as in “He was utterly surprised to see he had left this corporeal plane and was now plummeting toward a lake of fire.”)

I wonder if I could construct a sentence that uses all of these? The sentence should not be word salad. Let me think about it.