Merriam-Webster recently sent out a poll asking ‘What’s Your Favorite Word (That’s Not in the Dictionary)?’
Of course, they received an insanely large number of responses, as it seems that being a vocabularian is a popular pastime, thanks in large part to recent movies and teenage culture in general. Yes, I’m serial.
The following list of words received the highest number of responses, so they of course made up the top 10.
If you have words that you feel should have been included, please, feel free to share.
Top Ten Favorite Words (Not in the Dictionary)
- ginormous (adj): bigger than gigantic and bigger than enormous
- confuzzled (adj): confused and puzzled at the same time
- woot (interj): an exclamation of joy or excitement
- chillax (v): chill out/relax, hang out with friends
- cognitive displaysia (n): the feeling you have before you even leave the house that you are going to forget something and not remember it until you’re on the highway
- gription (n): the purchase gained by friction: “My car needs new tires because the old ones have lost their gription.”
- phonecrastinate (v): to put off answering the phone until caller ID displays the incoming name and number
- slickery (adj): having a surface that is wet and icy
- snirt (n): snow that is dirty, often seen by the side of roads and parking lots that have been plowed
- lingweenie (n): a person incapable of producing neologisms
- (n): the pseudo dance when two people attempt to pass each other, each moving in the same direction
- (n): the waxy coating that must be scratched off an instant lottery ticket
- (n): secretly viewing an all-sports network when your wife leaves the room
- (n): a language spoken by children or spouses on long road trips
- (v): Instant Messaging somebody who’s in the process of IM-ing somebody else, causing them to inadvertently type (and possibly send) their message to you
- (n): car parts found alongside the highway