From time to time, a new word will pop into my head (e.g., a portmanteau, sniglet, nomalgam, preprotologism, and so on). While some of them turn out to be reinventions, others are unique (i.e., a true idiologism). If such an item shares the form of an existing word (however unconventional), then I will only list it here if the meaning varies (from ones found in the likes of the Urban Dictionary, for example).
Why bother to record them? I don’t know, really. It’s just fun. And I suppose that it might be my version of hoarding.
And then of course there are the creations needed in my various explorations.
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anifest (a., v.)
1. to boldly flow whence no sun has glown before.
[PIE *h₁eh₂no- (“ring”) > Latin ānus (“ring”, “anus”)] + [PIE *dʰer- (“to hold”) > PEI *dʰers- (“to be bold”) > Latin -fest] (“boldly of the anus”)
anifestation (n., pl. anifestations)
1. an anifest emanation.
atmosphairy (n. and a.)
1. a kind of sylphy air elemental fairy.
portmanteau “atmosphere + fairy”… turns out that there was a band with a very similar name
detoxymoron (n., pl. detoxymorons)
1. a type of quack who treats an indiscriminate toxin as a remedy (e.g., injecting bleach to cure COVID, or watching FOX “news” to combat ignorance).
portmanteau “detox + oxymoron + moron”
Hydra oil (n.)
1. a set of quack products that proliferates from the residue of a fraudulent product (snake oil) that has been debunked.
idiologism (n., pl. idiologisms)
1. a word peculiar to one individual (and possibly peculiar) person.
Ancient Greek ἴδιος > ἴδιο- ( “of one person”) + λόγος (“word”) + -ισμός (nominalizer)
rectoplasm (n., pl. rectoplasms)
1. an anifestation of a spirit from a mystic medium.
portmanteau “recto-“ + “-ectoplasm”
1. the study of communication in terms of symbol systems and cognition, appealing to the symbolic nature of communication.
Ancient Greek σημειο- ( “signal”) + -γνώμιa [(“knowledge”) < γιγνωσκειν (“to know”)]
ymage (n., and derivations ymagine, ymaginary, ymagination, and so on)
1. a sensory image that is not just visual in nature.
orthographic differentiation of English “image”