I had to introduce a Word of the Day at a Toastmasters Meeting I attended. The idea was to come up with a new word that people can use. I found the word, “neologisms”, which basically means a new word or expression. We’ve all heard them:
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
I thought that once the meeting was over, that would be it, the word neologism wouldn’t cross my path again. Well, it did…yesterday. My daughter-in-law sent me to a new web site: It is filled with neologisms and words used in a different content.
Take for example the word, “bandwidth” which when used in talking about technology refers to the measure of the capacity of a communications channel. The higher a channel’s bandwidth, the more information it can carry.
Now there is a new meaning: ability (or lack of ability) to complete work given the available resources (people, time, money, etc.).
Examples: Since we can’t afford to replace the guy who just quit, our department doesn’t have enough bandwidth to take on new projects right now.

Joe’s so overworked; he doesn’t even have the bandwidth to train his new assistant.

Keep an eye out for those Neologisms and if you find any send them to me…
© 2006 Robert Allen Hill
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One Response to Neologisms

  1. Laura says:

    Here’s another for you…

    Geek Cred – displaying different aspects of geek culture to prove you can fit in
    ie – listing your website (or blog) at the bottom of emails or wearing a 2gig thumb drive around your neck like jewelry

    All of these are rather amusing, I seem to come up with them almost daily. Probably a sign of too few people to talk to at the shop.

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