I’m prone to making up new words. Given that all words are made up in order to describe something, why not add to the collection? I rarely do this intentionally, the new words often just come out when I am attempting a description. Blustrious gustards is about wind, derived from blustery and gusts. BA and I were both entertained by the phrase, so its been a part of our house language for a few years.
I’m reminded of blustrious today because it has been. The day started out cool and still, with a bright blue sky. A few hours later, a cold front started through, heralded by swatches of dark clouds and a rising west wind, blowing steadily at 20-30 mph, and with much stronger gusts. Given our snow earlier this week, a number of trees have rapidly shed their leaves, and we’ve had rustling dervishes of leaves spinning by.
Schnobbers. Here’s another new word for you, in use more than 20 years at our house. What’s a schnobber? A schnobber is one of those zinging, twitching body movements, thats bigger than a twitch, but different from a chill or a shudder.
Many other neologisms in our house are variations on malapropisms, again kept because we found them entertaining. The danger of this is that after a time, its easy to forget the conventional term, and then be surprised when someone else looks quizzically at you when you ask if they want to go to the vinegar center or fish museum. Visitor center and aquarium being the official words.
My suspicion is that mine is not the only household that has its own set of terms. I’d love to find out about yours. If you’re willing to share, put them in the comments so we can all enjoy!