questionswhat funny made-up words have you heard?


oh man I will have to listen to the coworker who mixes metaphors, he makes up words all the time.


I'll start. When I was a little kid, my cousin used to mispronounce a couple of words that I still use, (on purpose), occasionally.

Squirrel = Squirtel
Onion = Youngyen

I can't remember any of the issues that I had, but I did make up a phrase to describe when a lady wears shoes, (usually dressy shoes), that show the very beginning of her toes, that "line" that you see. I really don't know how to describe it any better than this:

Toe Cleavage


You guys are FAST!

Although, it did take me a while to try to figure out how to describe "toe cleavage".


@ravelazquez: squirtle is now a pokemon!

My boys like "wibbly wobbly timey whimey"


Google "sniglets"...

My favorite? Carperpetuation - the act of running over a piece of string with the vacuum cleaner several times; then stooping, picking up the string, examining it carefully, and then putting back on the floor to give the vacuum cleaner just one more chance...


@ravelazquez: toe cleavage is a fashion statement. I think I saw that in Vogue about 5 years ago. When ballet flats were starting to get really low cut. The article title was "Toe Cleavage is IN!"


@theoneill555: My cousin probably knows that since she has 4 kids. Since I only have 3 four-legged kids, I didn't. Thanks for the info. Gosh, it was about 30 years ago that she used to say that...

"wibbly wobbly timey whimey" it kind of rolls off the tongue. How fun.


@hobbit: I've been saying it for about 20 years. I don't like to show my toe cleavage. Don't really know why - I just don't.

I thought of something that was once annoying, now I just find it funny: when people say "acrost" instead of across.

Oh, and another funny from me: I once heard someone on TV describing a mark on someone's pants in the "crotchal region" and when I noticed that my husband had sat on something I told him that he had a mark on his pants in the "a$$al region". Go ahead, say it out loud - QUIETLY!
He burst out laughing and it is now on his list of "Aprilisms". I say a lot of odd things.... My mouth moves faster than my brain at certain times of day.....

@cmstrick: Funny. Here is the link I went to:


@ravelazquez: >_< Acrost, I have a neighbor that is famous for making up words. My favorite... bombfire, aka a really large fire.


I don't know how funny the word is, but it's a particular hate of mine. I've had grown men attempt to defend the use of it in a professional document (this was doomed, of course, to failure, since I simply referred them to the technical writing group, where they were appropriately humiliated).

Yes, I recognize that it's now a part of many people's vocabulary, but I still cringe every time I hear (or see) it.

My favorite phrase, that I've heard from more than one child with a difficulty with the "tr" sound, and often seeing it replaced with either "d" or "f", making "dump truck" into various permutations, including "dumb duck" and... Yep, you took the words right out of my mouth. A friend suggested using "pickup" as a replacement for "dump truck" which is much better than hearing a two year old excitedly yelling, well, you know...

Inappropriate phrase deliberately not used. No [wedit] involved. Staff is innocent...this time. ;-}


@shrdlu: I have never heard of "that word". Is it exclusive to your region?


@sgoman5674: you have never heard copacetic? I swear I have heard it on TV. One of my engineers says it, I didn't know it was actually a made up word.

I am not big on cutsie shortened things, like IHOP for International House of Pancakes or when the New Jersey Princesses call Harris Teeter - our local Groccery Store Chain - The T and insinuate it is a hick store.


@hobbit: Nopes! This is the first time hearing it.


I have heard PA people use rootsh. Means - wiggle or move around.

Also had a cousin that couldn't say yellow and it always came out as lellow.


Hootis. Dad used it for anything he forgot the proper name for. Typically small things. He uses chingaletti now. I believe he picked that up on a construction site and I'm pretty certain he is mispronouncing the original.

I have a few more from my Grandfathers but I've used them as userID's here and I don't really want to give them away! :)


A co-worker and I overheard someone say "heart-drenching," and we had to quickly avoid eye contact to keep from laughing. However, a quick Google search just now suggests that it's not that uncommon...

I was only aware of "heart-wrenching." Which version do you all use?


@bjanele: I don't use either. I use "my heart bleeds for you."


@bjanele: I am familiar with the phrase "heart wrenching", though I don't use it. I had never even heard of "heart drenching". I guess it just "shows to go ya" that I am not that worldly. ;)

@jumbowoot: Too funny! My grandma used the phrase, "whosie whatsit", though I grew up using "thingummyjig" for that same purpose. BTW I had to look up spelling. I thought it was spelled thing-a-ma-jig.


@ravelazquez: Thingamajig is a MADE UP WORD. Spell it in whatever way your little heart desires.

When my little brother was three, he couldn't keep a secret. My mother bought my daddy an xmas gift, and wanted it to be a surprise, so she told him it was a Whatchamacallit, and swore him to secrecy. Sure enough, the second my daddy walked in the door that evening, my brother ran up excitedly and hollered, "Daddy, daddy, we got you a whatchamacallit!"

By the way, long before Woot, I started using "Monkey!" as a curse word. I recommend it. It has the right sound, and provokes merely bemused stares, rather than disapproving gazes. Besides, it has a "K" in it, and as all comedians know, any word with a "K" sound is automatically funny.

{See note on H. L. Mencken at the bottom)


Not exactly a word, but still something that gives me shivers every time I hear it... "I seen," as in "I seen the same dog walk by yesterday." /SHUDDER

Oh, and for all the PvZ fans, Crazy Dave's Twiddlydinkies!


Well, apparently when I was little, I came up with the word "Hagoes" and I thought that having 20 of them was the funniest thing in the world.

Also the chain Weinerschnitzel became Weinerpitzel.

@shrdlu: That wikipedia link is hilarious.


In the Navy, we had deal-y-boppers


@shrdlu: hey now I use thingamajig and I am allowed to use it technically. My people just look at me and ask, 'is that a technical term?' and my response always is, "for me it is"

these are regional and they drive me NUTS

when people ask me where I STAY? -
or when I am listening to a conversation and I hear something like.. "well I axed him to cut off the lights and he dinnit. I were so made" I should Point out I do work with educated people.

I also work with a Texan and he says Nuculare among others it isn't just our former president it is the entire state. (yes @shrdlu it is THAT man the one that drives me nuts)

I love going to Greek restaurants with people who can't say Gyros properly.


@hobbit: Ah, yes. You've just reminded me of one of my favorite regionalisms. Points to the person who identifies the originating region first (and try not to google it).

Go shut the lights (aka turn off the lights).


The term I never used growing up in Arizona, but hear all the time in NY is "supper". As in What are we eating for supper?

Growing up we used dinner.

@shrdlu is it from the New England region?


@sgoman5674: Not even from the US, really.

Here's the rules on supper vs dinner (and general rule naming).

Breakfast is obvious. You are breaking your fast from the night before.
Lunch is your meal at the noon hour, or thereabouts.
Dinner is the large evening meal.

If your largest meal of the day is in the middle of the day, then that is dinner, and supper is the meal you have at the close of the day.

There's brunch (breakfast and lunch combined, eaten around 10AM or so), and afternoon tea (eaten around 4PM).

Supper is also a regionalism, and I hear it more in the south than in the northern states. The midday meal has often been referred to as dinner. I think that lunch came about when people did less physical labor, and needed less food to get them through the day.


@sgoman5674: Supper is definitely used in New England. I have supper every night. More Rhode Island-isms:
Bubbler: A water fountain
Grinder: A sub sandwich or hoagie (similar to what you get at Subway)
Cabinet: A milk shake


@mrmucox: Watch how you describe a grinder. I know a group of Pennsylvanians who will jump you for saying that a Subway sandwich is anything like a grinder. :) (Sorry, I live with one and they get a little tetchy).

Please explain - cabinet (I haven't heard that one yet). Thanks.


@mrmucox: Grinder isn't a sub sandwich or a hoagie.

I remember the old

Soda versus Pop debate


It's one I use quite often and, unfortunately, apparently only used in Houston:


It's a name for a service or frontage road. I typically think of a feeder as being busier than a service road, but that's just my own connotation.


@gratzy: It's not just for Houston anymore. I have heard it used in PA, TN and WA (though in WA it is used for roads and streams).


a feeder road is the same as a collector road there are different classifications of collectors, minor and major basically. It is essentially an industry thing although depending on how the local municipalities utilize and publicize the roads and use them in the news regular citizens can pick up the terms too (I don't consider myself a regular citizen anymore since I work for a DOT).

Depending on the municipality and their adherence to the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control they can use many road classifications or they could have created their own but should have them well defined in the city/county code or state charter - my city is actually preparing to re write our design guidelines for streets. I live this stuff daily.


@theoneill555, @hobbit: Exactly the response most people give. In Rhode Island, if you want a sandwich on a long roll, with Italian deli meats, lettuce, tomato, pickles, oil, and vinegar, you order an Italian grinder.

Oh, and it's soda!


Any fans of Will Ferrell on SNL might remember the word, scrumtralescent -- it was a word he used because there was no other words in existence to describe how great something was.


@mdnitehk: I have seen "A Troll in Central Park" about 200 times. It was my sister's favorite movie when she was 4-5. She must have watched it at least twice a day. I was ready to kill her.


@mrmucox The word "bubbler" is a Wisconsin colloquialism, too. I think it's mainly southeastern Wisconsin, but it may have traveled.

And we call it "soda" here, as well!


Agreed with the general consensus... I have a personal vendetta against the word "pop" being used in place of soda-pop, or soda. Nothing serious, but it gets annoying. Actually, not really a vendetta - it mostly must makes me laugh, and if I feel like playing dumb, I'll ask what a person means by that :)

One of my favourites is the Simpsons' mass list of made-up words. They're sort of like the Shakespeare of our day - not in the sense of literary value, but in the creation of words that most everyone can understand, and get used plenty by the masses. My mind goes blank, except the example of "craptacular"... Great word though!


@theoneill555: Oh, a cabinet is a milk shake, like ice cream and milk blended together. Think a thicker McDonald's shake.


Haven't read all these, but I've got a few:
When I was in highschool my friends and I made up an imaginary organ called the Gleenus. We thought it was hilarious to stand in the middle of a crowded mall and shout "MY GLEENUS!", clutch your side and fall out.

Now I have kids, and my oldest daughter (7) used to call caterpillars "calapitters" and we haven't corrected her because we love it.

And lastly, I work with a guy who says the word "onliest" (combination of "only" and suffix "-est"... I hate it.


[at]arosiriak: With respect to pretending to not know what "pop" is, I have a friend who likes to pretend not to know what a penguin is. What's great is when people start to explain it to you, since they'll usually say something like: "It's a bird wearing a tuxedo that can't fly and lives in Antarctica." Then you just look at them as if they were crazy.

[at]hoochi1275: The same friend also made up a term "jeanis" which referred to the illusory 'member' that one can get due to the folding of jeans.

[at]s used per net etiquette (or netiquette, if you will), around potentially offensive terminology.

In truth, I don't really consider any terms to be made up; or, rather, I consider all terms to be made up. So word etymology generally doesn't irk me. I only find copacetic mildly irritating as it seems like an unnecessarily complicated way to say "fine."


poopnoodle. Poopnoodle was used in Savage Love in this weeks' Onion.


My black grandma is from the south (Alabama, I think), and her accent on some words are hilarious. The one I remember the most is "electwisity" (electricity). I've only heard her use it once over 10yrs ago but I think about it everytime I hear elecricity. She also says "dem agens", sounds like agents but it's supposed to be asians, and since I'm learning Vietnamese she is always talking about how friendly "dem agens" at work are :) Speaking of Vietnamese, I hear a lot of ppl (usually black but not always) say Vietmanese, my friends and I always crack up when we hear that.


beked chicen brest - it was in print on the menu I believe they meant baked chicken breast, sad thing is this isn't some fly by night restaurant.


@hobbit: That would make me a bit concerned.

Hopefully they didn't mean beaked chicken breast.....


@shrdlu: well, to be fair, every word is 'made up.' they all just mean whatever we all agree they mean.


When my son was little he would say "strawbaby" for strawberry. I still say strawbabies.

My pet peeve word is "boughten" as in "I have boughten strawbabies before at the farmer's market."