New Words for How We Live Now Part 2

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Liesl Schillinger, culture critic, blogger and the author of Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century (Simon & Schuster, 2013), shares her neologisms for things like a person who overdoes the teeth-bleaching (brightbite) and introduces a new listener suggested word.


Comments [11]

Lyn Milliman from Weston, CT

I plan Disney vacations and always experience "aftergloom" after my trips to Disney!

Oct. 23 2013 12:55 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Another quirky blogger. How novel. Here we have an "embarrassite." Vampire creativity at its worst.

Oct. 23 2013 12:10 PM
Justin Sarma from New York, NY

My word: dawgling
Definition: Like dawdling, but it's what your dog does when you're trying to walk him, but he insists on sniffing every little thing he passes.
Example usage: No more dawgling, Spot, or we'll be late for your vet appointment.

Oct. 23 2013 12:07 PM
Johnny from Mj

My word is Nagivator... For those annoying backseat drivers trying to
give directions and unwanted driving advice.

Oct. 23 2013 12:05 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Sometimes a blog should just remain a blog; not everything is book-worthy. This is a perfect example of that.

Oct. 23 2013 12:04 PM
Muriel from NYC

A word that we need in our culture comes from the Sanskrit and it is the word Dharma which means following the right action of the heart. It is not the righteousness of dogma or rules but action that comes from the deepest instinct of doing the best for all through unconditional love.

Oct. 23 2013 12:00 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

"Kidbitzing" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, either.

This isn't really inventing new words--it's altering existing words to expand their use. The Times does the same thing every Sunday in the Magazine.

Oct. 23 2013 11:59 AM

this is super annoying.

Oct. 23 2013 11:59 AM
Susan Burger from Upper West Side

Hahaha - Brian I double dog dare you to put this on the air. Nipplash -- which is when a baby clamps down on mom's nipple while breastfeeding and pulls back stretching the nipple out before letting go. Causes mom terrible pain when that nipple stretches and snaps back. We have a ton of these in the lactation world.

Oct. 23 2013 11:59 AM
susan from Brooklyn

My mom has a great word for what she cooks for my dad as a "special" brunch.

It never turns out quite the way she envisions it...

She made this up:


Oct. 23 2013 11:58 AM
Yosif from manhattan

There is no word for feeling embarrassed for someone else (like when watching talentless-wannabes on the initial American Idol try-outs). I made one up: empatharrassment = empathetic embarrassment

We used to call it "the goofy feeling" because it's in the gut somewhere (when you want someone to get off the stage and stop making a fool of themselves).

Oct. 23 2013 11:46 AM

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