from The Man Who Loved Children

Sam smiled, too, at their bent heads and was encouraged to say that “at the moment Looloo thought of nothing’ but eating of all the dickshunaries she could find and went around chock-full of big words aspewin’ em out and destroyin’ the peas of mind of the famerlee.”


Neologizing for Fun and Profit

What happens when you ask people to use a madeupical word?

Just another day at the Wordnik office … I make a rash bet that I can find examples of the word “macrotraditionalist” in use. 

Conveniently, I didn’t say “prior use,” freeing me up to solicit help from friendly folks via Twitter.
Dear Twitter, please help me win a bet. Please use the madeupical word “macrotraditionalist” in a sentence. You have 55 minutes.
July 26, 2011
@wiredferret was first … but misspelled “macrotraditionalist”. (Hey, it’s a new word …)
@emckean I think we should worry less about micronutrients and concentrate on the macrotradionalist properties of whole food.
July 26, 2011

But @CymruLlewes jumped in with a factual (if vague) example.

@emckean The macrotraditionalist viewpoint was introduced in the late summer of 2011.
July 26, 2011
Winning the bet for me. Thanks, @CymruLlewes!
@CymruLlewes @emckean damn you Cymru! Now I’m a dollar poorer.
July 26, 2011

But the fun didn’t stop. More sentences! Some went with the “large” sense of “macro”:

@emckean So-called “microchefs” eschew the portion sizes of macrotraditionalist cooking.
July 26, 2011
Lots of people writing about language fancy themselves to be macrotraditionalist purists, when in fact they’re merely macrostodges.
July 26, 2011
Just watching Inglourious Basterds, I love Quentin he’s such a macrotraditionalist rogue
July 26, 2011
@emckean The macrotraditionalist wasn’t going to make a fuss over getting a *white* picket fence for her house.
July 26, 2011
@emckean I’m a macrotraditionalist photographer; Give me a Nikkor Micro lens, not a button on a p&s.
July 26, 2011
Extra points for using the word “nuance”: 
@emckean the complicated rituals of exchange executed by the World Bank represent a macrotraditionalist observance of global economic nuance
July 26, 2011
I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that there really is a “macrotraditionalist” school of modern art: 
@emckean I only collect from the macrotraditionalist school of modern art curation.
July 26, 2011
Some clear blends of “macro” (in the computer sense) and “traditionalist”:
@emckean Some use very complex function-key combinations to run their automated server routines, but Fred is a macrotraditionalist.
July 26, 2011
I write my excel macros in eXcel Macro Language and not in VBA because I am a macrotraditionalist
July 26, 2011
These seem to be using “macro” in the sense of “long”:
@emckean integral to a church is its macrotraditionalist views.
July 26, 2011
@emckean In the macrotraditionalist sense, eBooks are already passe.
July 26, 2011
@emckean Professor Gawdawful took the macrotraditionalist view that the grand sweep of history, once learned, was all that was worth knowing
July 26, 2011
Current events seemed ripe for the application of “macrotraditionalist”:
@emckean The debt ceiling is a macrotraditionalist fantasy. This isn’t hockey surgery.
July 26, 2011
@emckean When it comed to the debt ceiling debate my perspective tends to be more macrotraditionalist than centrist.
July 26, 2011
A nicely meta non-definition:
@emckean The macrotraditionalist is neither a macro nor a traditionalist! There ya go, that was easy 🙂
July 26, 2011
Some folks just don’t check Twitter enough, sadly: 
Tragedy. MT @emckean …Please use the madeupical word “macrotraditionalist” in a sentence. You have 55 minutes.
56 minutes ago
July 26, 2011
And there we have it … a new word!
Big thanks to all you macrotraditionalist neologists out there — it’s a great word! (and even better I am now $1 up on @zeke)
July 26, 2011

Women: Bad; Victuals: Worse


To The Editor Of The Nation:

Sir: An obiter dictum in a paper which I read before the Modern Language Association last week has since appeared in a number of newspapers in a curiously distorted version. The following is a sample:

“A professor of the University of Michigan, being desirous of ascertaining the most hated word in connection with spelling-reform investigation, wrote to a thousand persons for their opinion, and was surprised when the majority replied that the most hated word was ‘woman.’ “

What I actually said was as follows:

“A considerable number of persons hate the plural form women, as being weak and whimpering, though the singular, woman, connotes for the same persons ideals of strength and nobility. It is for this reason, perhaps, that woman’s building, woman’s college, and the like have supplanted In popular speech the forms women’s building, women’s college, etc. It is noteworthy, also, that, in the titles of women’s magazines and the names of women’s clubs, the singular in most instances has been chosen instead of the more logical plural.”

It will be noticed that women was not the best-hated word on my list. That bad eminence was reserved for victuals.

I take the opportunity to say that any one who has violent antipathies to particular words or phrases, not traceable to the meaning, will do me a favor by corresponding with me. All that I wish is (1) a list of such verba non grata with (2) reasons for the dislikes, where reasons can be given.

Fred Newton Scott.

Univbrsity Of Michigan, December 30, 1901.

Chicago = know-how

“Every city has a single word that defines it, that identifies most people who live there. If you could read people’s thoughts as they were passing you on the streets, you would discover that most of them are thinking the same thought.”

from Eat Pray Love 

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