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CARPERPETUATION (kar' pur pet u a shun) n.  The act, when vacuuming, of
running over a string or a piece of lint at least a dozen times, reaching
over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the
vacuum one more chance.

DISCONFECT (dis kon fekt') v.  To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped
on the floor by blowing on it, somehow assuming this will 'remove' all the

ECNALUBMA (ek na lub' ma) n.  A rescue vehicle which can only be seen in the
rearview mirror.

EIFFELITES (eye' ful eyetz) n.  Gangly people sitting in front of you at the
movies who, no matter what direction you lean in, follow suit.

ELBONICS (el bon' iks) n.  The actions of two people maneuvering for one
armrest in a movie theater.

ELECELLERATION (el a cel er ay' shun) n.  The mistaken notion that the more
you press an elevator button the faster it will arrive.

FRUST (frust) n.  The small line of debris that refuses to be swept onto the
dust pan and keeps backing a person across the room until he finally decides
to give up and sweep it under the rug.

LACTOMANGULATION (lak' to man gyu lay' shun) n.  Manhandling the "open here"
spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the 'illegal' side.

PEPPIER (pehp ee ay') n.  The waiter at a fancy restaurant whose sole
purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want ground pepper.

PHONESIA (fo nee' zhuh) n.  The affliction of dialing a phone number and
forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.

PUPKUS (pup' kus) n.  The moist residue left on a window after a dog presses
its nose to it.

TELECRASTINATION (tel e kras tin ay' shun) n.  The act of always letting the
phone ring at least twice before you pick it up, even when you're only six
inches away.

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