April 04, 2004

Skither and other neologisms

When I was watching the Leafs hockey game on Friday, I heard the most wonderful new word: skither. Sportscasters are well known for mungling words. In this case, skither seems to be a conglomeration of skitter and slither, and was used to describe the movement of the puck down the ice. What a wonderfully descriptive word!

Later that night, I read in Kevin Jackson’s Invisible Forms that Gelett Burgess, apparently a very talented neologist, had coined the word blurb, meaning ‘a brief publicity notice, as on a book jacket’, as well as bromide in the sense ‘a platitude’ and goop.

For some more wonderful neologisms, see Rethabile Masilo’s On English (specifically here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).

Anyone else have any others to add to the list?

Oh, and the Leafs won Friday’s game (a shutout against the Buffalo Sabers), as well humiliated the Ottawa Senators 6-0 on Saturday night! Go Leafs go!

Posted by Mark at April 4, 2004 07:59 PM

The wordspy has loads of them and even has an RSS feed.

Posted by: Blinger at April 4, 2004 11:09 PM

Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Mark at April 5, 2004 10:30 PM