We Need New Words!

London

The wonderful Douglas Adams started a trend for finding new words to suit previously unvoiced concepts. My favourite was a word for ‘the behaviour of sellotape when you’re tired’. He used the names of defunct railway stations. How about creating appropriate words for the following states?

There needs to be a word for the feeling of panic you get when you realise that you’ll finish the book you’re reading before you get to the end of your journey.

There needs to be a word for the conflict you have when you eat at your desk and need to touch your keyboard with messy fingers.

There should be a word for the desire that drives you back to your computer – even though you don’t have any work to do on it – whenever the conversation at home gets boring.

There needs to be a word for the restless channel-hopping you do just before you turn the TV off, having realised there’s nothing on except ‘Friends’ reruns and David Attenborough.

There needs to be a word for celebrities who have turned into the people they used to parody, ie Jonathan Ross.

5 comments on “We Need New Words!”

  1. For the messy keyboard problem, how about feeling ‘qurghty’?

  2. Paul Beech says:

    How about ‘kleptophonia’ for someone who habitually borrows other people’s mobile phones?

  3. Gareth says:

    On the subject of words, The BBC have a news story up, about a team at Reading University (had to be really) who have designed a computer program which has worked out that “I”, “we”, “two” and “three” are among the oldest words in use and could date back thousands of years! (not sure why two and three were, but not one)..

    They also believe that they’ve idenfied words that are going to become obselete first – “squeeze”, “guts”, “stick” and “bad”… I would certainly miss being bad. I would encourage everyone to use those words as often as possible now, try and squeeze them into everyday conversation as much as possible to lengthen their live span. If we stick to it, and show guts and determination we can keep the words alive, which would be no bad thing! (sorry)

    G

  4. Steve says:

    “There needs to be a word for the restless channel-hopping you do just before you turn the TV off, having realised there’s nothing on except ‘Friends’ reruns and David Attenborough.”

    Tubedrums.

  5. Paul Beech says:

    For the tendency to slope off to the computer when conversation flags, perhaps ‘cybergravitation’?

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