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This page houses proposed protologisms, or newly invented words, arranged topically.

Alphabetical Listing of Protologisms (unstable neologisms)

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Topical List of Protologisms (unstable neologisms) for English

Here is a list of proposed or (at least presently) narrowly diffused neologisms (newly invented yet not widely accepted words or phrases) for English (with a very short description to save time for those wishing to just get a bird's eye glimpse of their intended meanings). Feel free to add additional suggested words for others to consider (see instructions below on adding new words). Humorous additions can be added if they do fill an expressive gap; they can be identified with italics.

Time terms

  • nanoeon - a small amount of time that seems to take forever.

(Example: "After those tokes it took me a nanoeon to get to the grocery.")

Anniversary terms

Year period terms

Amount of times terms

Frequency terms

Writing Terms

Clothing Terms

  • mress: A man's dress.
  • mirt: A man's skirt.
  • "murse": a purse-like accessory used by men, often to carry laptops and or other business supplies when on the go.

Education Terms

  • Divertegration: (noun) A process of making minor boundary adjustments within a district to evenly distribute a population. A form of apportionment used to make minor adjustments to a delimited population base.

Pronunciation {Dee-ver-ti-grey-shuhn} Origin 2006: combination of diversity: and :integration:

  • Divertegrate: (verb) to assure even population distribution, usually ethnic or socio-economic, via minor boundary delimitation or apportionment.

Pronunciation Pronunciation {Dee-ver-ti-greyt} Origin 2006: combination of diversity: and :integrate:

Names of education toys (see Wikiversity: Essential Preschool Part I)

  • [[1]]Linkin' Loglets - similar to proprietary product of similar name, but made right in your neighborhood by collecting and trimming down slender dead branches and forming flattened cut-away areas at each end, to build mini-log cabins, World Babble Bubble Towers etc. Sand edges to prevent splinters and ripping off any nice-looking bark.
  • Fingerblocken or Towerbauerfingerblocken - well-sanded blocks made right in your neighborhood from cut-off pieces of boards, hardwood, etc.; when in doubt cut 5" / 13 cm. but any length is o.k. Varnish very soft, easily-stained pieces. Can be used to build amazingly tall hexagonal World Babble Bubble Towers with an 8" World Babble Bubble Ball on top.
  • Eggspflat - a discarded cut-off piece of 3/4"-board with a big messy knot (blemish-decoration), trimmed into an eggshape and usable at Eastertide instead of real hens' eggs.
  • Plywood Ravioli - 2" / 5 cm. wide square or diamond-shaped pieces trimmed from plywood; varnish advisable.
  • Picasso - long 3" - 8" wedge-shaped block with a well-shaped round knot in the fat end, like a staring eye. Named after Chicago statue.
  • Miro (accent needed on the "O") - wedge-shaped block with multiple or messy knot(s) in fat end. When standing, resembles Chicago statue.
  • World Babble Bubble Ball - 8" (20 cm.) kickball with light plastic garbage inside and weatherprotective tape on the outside. Made from refuse found right in your neighborhood.
  • World Babble Bubble Tower - amazingly tall structure built mostly of Towerbauerfingerblocken or Linkin' Loglets with a heavy World Babble Bubble Ball on top. May reach height of six feet / 2m. or as tall as a two-year-old standing on a stookle can reach to put more blocks on. Arrange blocks hexagonal fashion, three to a layer, and include mostly 5-inch Fingerblocken except for some bigger ones near the bottom (see Eiffel Tower).
  • Slabacus - an abacus made with wooden frames, telephone cable, and sliding beads about an inch round.
  • Abstrak - a wood/cardboard toy railroad system which you can make for infants and toddlers to push around on the floor.
  • Claxwell - a mostly wood toy car with notched wheels and tongue-depressor sticks mounted on sides to rub against moving wheels so that when you push it around on the floor the wheels make a horrendous clacking sound. Named in honor of that old car owned by Jack Benny and Rochester, the most famous sound-effect on old-time radio except maybe for Fibber McGee's closet, and of that neighborhood where the Urban Electric Blues was invented (Black + Jews = Blues).

Apespeak - names of equipment used to train apes to perform fire-preventive forestry

Machine will emit friendly vocalizations, demonstrate work procedures, and offer bonobo bonbons as decided by remote-viewing human operators based on live-feed information provided by hidden cameras and microphones. Apes will be trained to gather, trim and centralize sticks on a pallet to be picked up later by a lift truck running on pallet-plywood roadbeds built to permit deep forest access to 36-inch wheelbase battery-powered vehicles.
  • chimpomat - same thing for chimpanzees. May also teach how to use a mallet with a handle on it for nutcracking, a skill which will help in learning to use a hatchet.
  • godzillatron - the equivalent for gorillas.
  • oranguman - same for orangutans, whose name is derived from an Indonesian term meaning "man of the forest".
  • apecrate - When an ape family (mother and child) is suitably trained, they will be lured into a detachable arboreal sleephouse (containing 2-way telescreens showing education videos about how to use an anvil pruner etc.-- downright Orwellian) which can be lifted down and hauled away to an airport by lifttruck. Sedated apes, still sleeping, will be loaded, within the crate, onto a transport plane and delivered to a specific tree in an antibushfire combat zone in the U.S. west, central Australia or wherever needed, to be guided henceforth by robots and human advisors in biofuels harvest work. (One series of fires in California in 2003 cost $6 billion.)

Computers for the above purpose may exist within the proverbial 18 months. John Pfeiffer (The Emergence of Man, ca. 1965) reported an incident where a group of chimpanzees gathered in a tree broke off many dead branches and threw them down. Anne Russon (1997) observed orangutans who figured out the lock mechanism on a food storage shed door, sucked on a hose used by humans to siphon gasoline, etc. Birute Galdikas (2003) saw orangutans, in trees, reach down, shake loose "snags" (tall dead stumps), and throw them down trying to scare away human intruders. 18:59, 1 December 2007 (UTC)

Scientific Terms

  • Coyotus Interruptus - A temporary pause in the law of gravity, i.e when something is not affected by gravity for a brief time.

(Coined from the joke latin of Wile E. Coyote cartoons, and of the coyote himself when he temporarily hangs in the air {interrupting the law of gravity}, before falling.)

  • Pseudolixir - something which appears to be a miraculous cure or beneficial product, but is in fact false.

(Coined from the words "pseudo" {the greek word for false}, and "elixir", which means a miracle cure.)

  • Helixir - A beneficial chemical or cure which involves DNA.

(Coined from the words "helix" to mean the double helix of DNA, and the word "elixir".)

  • Mathemagical
    1. Magic trick using mathematics.
    2. Surprising and/or hard to understand in mathematics (see automagical).

Biological terms

  • cuculoupe (n) a cross between a cucumber and a cantaloupe - (GoogleIt)
  • cuculope (n) a cross between a cucumber and an antelope.

Body part terms

  • fing - To move one's fingers.
  • shilma - To shut one's eyes.
  • pilma - To open one's eyes.
  • pingas - Derived from a scene in the animated series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, in which Doctor Robotnik says "Snooping as usual, I see?" When isolated, the "ping" of "snooping" and "as" sort of meld together, making it sound as though Robotnik is saying "penis". This line is frequently parodied by YouTube users in a number of videos known as Youtube Poop.

Medical terms

  • fececoid - A piece of faeces. (The proper or technical term for "turd")
  • flatgez - An emission of digestive gases from the anus. (The proper or technical term for a "fart")
  • iatroplastic - From iatro = physician + plastic = formed, molded. (Unintentionally) shaped by a physician's care; as opposed to iatrogenic = caused by a physician. For example: Because a doctor's interests influence the patient's symptoms, hysteria is an iatroplastic disorder.
  • mollmoco - Wet or semidried nasal mucus. (Used in medical termology) (The proper or technical term for "snot").

Medicotechnological (smoking) terms

  • double toker - a minitoke utensil with two stems, see kiseruni.
  • herb- in smoking, any dried leaf or petal substance that can be sifted to a uniform particle size and burned in 25-mg. servings at minimum temperature in a minitoke utensil. Includes tobacco, cannabis, alfalfa, basil, borage, camomile, catnip (Nepeta cataria), chaparrel (creosote bush), damiana, dandelion, elder flowers, eucalyptus, fo-ti-tieng, ginseng (leaf), heather flowers, hibiscus, hops (Humulus lupulus), kinnickinnick (Uva ursi), lavendar, lobelia, marigold, marjoram, matte, nettle (Urtica), orange flowers, oregano, parsley, pennyroyal, peppermint, rosebud, rosemary (cut to 5-mm. logs), saffron flowers, sage (Salvia), savory, spearmint, tansy, tarragon, thyme, wintergreen, wormwood (Artemisia absinthia), and others available at health food stores for lower prices than tobacco.
  • kiseruni - a kiseru modified to have two stems leading to mouthpieces, enabling two persons to smoke the same 25-mg. serving simultaneously, with the health-related advantage, that if each draws air twice as slow, each gets half the heat, making it twice as mild. Of course they will need to serve twice as many tokes. See minitoke. (Ni is Japanese for "two".)
  • minitoke or mini-toke - Designed for use in anti-overdose smoking, e.g. "minitoke utensil". Should designate devices having a narrow screened crater i.e. burning-chamber, 1/4-inch or 6-mm. i.d., permitting 25-mg. servings, replacing the pernicious 700-mg. commercial cigaret or 500-mg. "joint". Such utensils can use the shredded tobacco from a cigaret or properly sifted (1/16th-inch mesh) herb of any species. The Japanese kiseru and middle-eastern midwakh usually have a narrow enough crater to qualify. Utensil should be fitted with a long flexible drawtube so the smoke has plenty of time to cool down before reaching your trachea.
  • negatine or nogoodthing - mind-altering drug found in Nicotinia tabacum, and commonly masqueraded under an assumed spelling (see nicotine).
  • riefer - Hemp, or Cannabis sativa. American (as: briefer, chief etc.) respelling of "reefer"-- the latter a slang term hopelessly tainted with unmerited disparagement by having been paired with "madness" in the 30's. Introduced to serve as casual synonym replacing "pot", "drug", "dope", etc., slanders which are promoted to serve the tobacco industry agenda.
  • riefertoker - A minitoke utensil used for smoking anti-overdose 25-mg. servings of cannabis.
  • tobackgo - a negatistic mind-altering substance commonly promoted under a disguised spelling (see tobacco).
  • tobaccolosis - (a) a genocidal plague afflicting a major part of humanity.-- "May God protect this great Republic from war, politics, disease, death and Tobaccolosis!" (b) a backward-looking philosophy which finds ways to excuse or apologize for tobacco.-- "Sir, there is a cancer on the Conservative Movement today -- the cancer of Tobaccolosis!"
  • toke - A single prolonged slow draw on a minitoke utensil, generally 5-15 seconds, permitting a 25-mg. serving of any properly sifted herb to burn at minimum temperature. Term has been dysfunctionally misdefined elsewhere to mean a puff on a cigaret or a puff of cannabis. "Puff" should refer to a draw lasting 1-2 seconds and "drag" to one lasting 3-4 seconds, both, especially the latter, hazardous to health when performed on a hot-burning-overdose cigaret. Humphrey Bogart died age 57 of cigaret cancer.

Technological terms

  • electripod (n) a personal electric vehicle (PEV) having characteristics that allow it to function as an electric pedestrian. Examples: Segway Human Transporter, Toyota Iswing and Rad2Go Q Electric Chariot scooter. [2]
  • teratomobile - An SUV [3] or over-sized pickup truck, esp. those with bulging wheel wells designed to look like bunched-up jaw muscles.
  • B-cart - low-tech trailer for bicycles and mopeds. See Eco-Appropriate Carpentry.

Computer terms

  • BACKUM - set of different backups (e.g: different project) on the same time.
  • DATASITE - same as infosite.
  • INFOPAGE - a page of an internet site; see next entry.
  • INFOSITE or infosite - a term for "internet site;" it has a better aesthetic quality (sounds sleeker and more futuristic) than "website." The capitalization indicates that it is a portmanteau (like "EURATOM").
  • mutualwiki - the competitive practice of like-minded IT managers who gather together in small groups to engage and enable in the simultaneous entry of enormous quantities of disjointed and irrelevant information into a Wiki, thereby attaining arousal and self gratification. Mutualwiki is generally frowned upon by non-management IT professionals. See also: pointless, egotistical diarrhea.
  • wikiholic - someone who spends a lot of time browsing and/or contributing to wiki sites* * * * *
  • wikiphilia - love of wiki sites.
  • wikiphobia - fear of wiki sites.
  • Dictionary:Wikisaurus - a Thesaurus constructed within Wiktionary
  • Wikiality - wikipedia + reality. It means truth based on consensus, rather than fact.
  • webeye - eye disorientation and possibly mild headache(s), caused by scrolling down partially loaded web pages. When the web page starts or stops, and then abruptly stops or starts loading during a mouse scroll, the eye(s) might get disoriented trying to read the text.

Computer Identification

  • Macnaticism - A fanatical devotion to the Macintosh operating system, leading to the disparaging of all other systems or names associated with those systems, or possibly the people using those systems. Also Macnatic or Macnatical.

Electronic game terms

  • Moogless - a female Moogle or female Final Fantasy fan
  • Mooglophile - a Final Fantasy fan
  • Mooglophobia - hatred of the Final Fantasy video game series
  • Mooglatry - worship of the Final Fantasy video game series
  • pechnidiocrisia - criticism, censorship of, or restriction on video games
  • pechnidiology - study of electronic games
  • apostate gamer - a video game player who has given up religious faith or heritage in favor of his or her own video game interests.
  • necro-port - a direct port of a video game that was originally designed for an ancient game system that is converted for play on a modern game system, especially a port of an Famicom/NES game on a sixth generation console.
  • dodo game - an electronic game that received rave reviews at the time of its release, but panned by much later critics.
  • Nintendophobia - fear of Nintendo or its products (especially its handheld platforms), patents, or characters.

Civic planning, or civil engineering terms

1. On-line directory indicating where in your area to bring or sell recyclable materials. Concept as of late 2007 was in use only in Hennapin County, MN and Madison, WI but deserves to be adopted everywhere, as the meaning of the word is easily recognized.

2. Book or website describing in encyclopedic fashion what you can make out of just about anything, organized topically, alphabetically, etc. Used as title of a book published in Boston, 1976, by a group of teachers showing what schoolchildren can make out of paper and other familiar materials. Should be expanded to include just about everything on the planet that someone is threatening to discard or use in wasteful unworthy fashion, by which time it would be the largest book ever published. Should prioretize wood fibre products, which if properly reused, will save our forests. (Also Reusipedia, Reuseipedia, Reuse-it-ipedia etc.)

Emotions, Virtues, Intellectual States

  • knellhell n. The emotiom and fear that one feels when you realise that someone nearby is about to meet a certain death and you cannot do anything to help them.
  • lovedom n (love + suffix dom; cf. kingdom, stardom) the world of love, the totality of loving emotions and attitudes.
Edward VIII was that rare romantic who challenged society by trading his kingdom for lovedom.
  • randominity n. A state of excessive chaotic, creative and whimsical energy. pointless; obscure; irrelevant.--TrudoJo

Fear terms

Hatred terms

Social terms

  • jhe - Pronounced to rhyme with "he" and "she". Use this term instead of "s/he" or "he/she".
  • hon - pronounced to rhyme with "non" and "on". Use this term instead of "his/her". hons plural; honself reflexive.
  • faux-mo: When a generation lacking any clear, unique identity attempts (in inconsistant, questionably sincere and argueably futile ways) to label and define itself and/or it's cultural elements. This is generally characterized by a sort of quiet desperation, thinly veiled hostility and confusion.
  • language rot - derived from code rot, calling terms like "undigital" (which has come to use, but should not be used, for reasons which are not written here)
  • logocrisiaphobia - opposition to censorship
  • videocracy (video + cracy, power) - the power of visual images in shaping contemporary societies; the crucial impact of television, cinema, internet, and advertising on public opinion, political affairs, market strategies, etc.
Wouldn't "mediacracy" (meaning a state ruled by the media, as opposed to just "visual images") be a better term for this?Daniel Brockman 01:41, 14 Sep 2004 (UTC)
  • disneyfication/disneyfied - the process of something or someone being altered, made popular or affected in any way by the Walt Disney Corporation.

(Example - the Disney films originate from literature and myths but have been made popular with slight alterations from their origins. Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Dumbo, Robin Hood)

  • communetail - when an ecommerce company utilizes community-provided content as part or all of its product offering; or, ecommerce powered / augmented by community supplied products and / or content (see
  • communetailer, a retailer that engages in communetail practices

Family terms

National, Cultural, etc.

  • nationist - Someone who has prejudices towards or practices discrimination against those of other nations or national origins. (unlike "nationalist", "nationist" always has a negative connotation) (adj. nationistic)
  • coulterism -n- data that has been deliberately misrepresented or completely fabricated in order to support an otherwise unsupportable partisan position
  • queendom - a matriarchical monarchy
  • Menconianism - censorship on the basis of Biblical standards, especially in conservative religious groups. (Coined after Al Menconi)
  • Liebermanism - government censorship
  • reinspirement - a term replacing retirement to describe how to insure later-years security in the 21st century
  • nannyism - the belief that responsibilities attributed to parenthood should be the responsibilities of a given government
  • Usmerican - (pronounced Yoos-mair-ih-can)Portmanteau of U.S. and American; intended to replace American, with the meaning of citizen of the United States or having to do with the United States, with a more precise word due to American in a literal sense applying to Canadian(s), Mexican(s), and all South American countries.

Political terms

  • autoanarchy - A status quo of few if any rules governing individuals or nations, enforced by one powerful authority.
  • idiocracy - A country run by idiots
  • oligoanarchy - A status quo of few if any rules governing individuals or nations, enforced by a few powerful authorities.
  • republican anarchy - A status quo of few if any rules governing individuals or nations, enforced by representatives of the people.
  • democratic anarchy - A status quo of few if any rules governing individuals or nations, enforced by the assent of the people.
  • misandrocracy - A country, especially a feminist-derived gynarchy, where males are severely oppressed.
  • misogynocracy - A country, especially an Islamic state, where females are severely oppressed.
  • dracocracy - A country, usually a theocracy, which imposes the strictest laws on its people and punishes breaches of those laws most severely (sometimes by death).
  • man shooterin' Kennedydead - an assassin programmed to shoot at a political leader from a distant high window. Named after a famous "prophetic" 1962-3 movie starring Laurence Harvey and Frank Sinatra (Laurence Harvey died of cancer, age 45, on November 25, 1973-- "ten years aftah".)
  • RWTSH - acronym for "right wing talk show host", as in "Rwtsh Youknowwhobaw"
  • pseudoconservative or pseudocon - talk show host who rails against wasteful government spending on assistance to the poor but cheers at the felling of trees, boasts of smoking huge cigars, and spends tens of thousands on illicitly prescribed painkillers to relieve symptoms related to obesity.
  • Pontrarian - political philosophy which attempts to look at problems in comparison with the opposing argument/solution. The goal is to increase the quantity and quality of data upon which sound decisions can be made. This is a contraction of Political and Contrarian. Similar to Politrarian but easier to pronounce and read.
  • Politrarian - political philosophy which attempts to look at problems in comparison with the opposing argument/solution. The goal is to increase the quantity and quality of data upon which sound decisions can be made. This is a contraction of Political and Contrarian.

Pairing Terms

also known as "Ship names"

Please help improve this article or section by expanding it. Further information might be found on the talk page or at requests for expansion. (October 2008) 

These are mostly new neologisms.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

  • Azulaang - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Azula and Aang
  • Harutara - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Haru and Katara
  • Jetara - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Jet and Katara
  • Kataang - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Katara and Aang (canon)
  • Katoph - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Katara and Toph (yuri, femmslash)
  • Maiko - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Mai and Zuko (canon)
  • MaiTy - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Mai and Ty Lee (yuri, femmslash)
  • Sokaang - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Sokka and Aang
  • Sukka - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Suki and Sokka (canon)
  • Taang - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Toph and Aang
  • Tokka - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Toph and Sokka
  • Ty Lokka - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Ty Lee and Sokka
  • Ty Luko - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Ty Lee and Zuko
  • Yukka - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Yue and Sokka (briefly canon)
  • Zukaang - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Zuko and Aang (yaoi, slash)
  • Zukka - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Zuko and Sokka (yaoi, slash)
  • Zutara - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Zuko and Katara
  • Zuuki - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Zuko and Suki

Harry Potter

  • Dramione - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Draco and Hermione
  • DracoxHarry - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Draco and Harry (yaoi, slash)
  • Ginarry - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Ginny and Harry (canon)
  • GinnyxHermione - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Ginny and Hermione (yuri, femmslash)
  • Gray Harry - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Professor Dumbledore and Harry (yaoi, slash)
  • Lunarry - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Luna and Harry
  • RonxHermione - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Ron and Hermione (canon)
  • SnapexHermione - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Professor Snape and Hermione
  • SnapexHarry - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Professor Snape and Harry (yaoi, slash)
  • WerewolfxDog - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Professor Lupin and Sirius Black

Artemis Fowl

  • Artolly (or Holtemis) - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Artemis II and Holly
  • TroublexHolly - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Trouble Kelp and Holly
  • ArtemisxMinerva - the ship name for the romantic pairing of Artemis II and Minerva

Words relating to Meetings

  • meetnik n (meet + suffix nik) a person who enjoys meetings and all sorts of administrative events and tries to attend as many of them as possible.
Being socially active is one thing, meeting for the sake of meeting is another. I try to stay away from meetniks for whom getting together is an end in itself.
  • eventify v (event + suffix ify ) to fill with events, to make more eventful.
Do you want to eventify your life? To make it fuller and brighter? Come to travel with us (see workship.
  • meateating n (as in "invited to a meateating") - a meeting where they serve meat. Occupational hazard for politicians on the "rubber chicken" or "soul cooking" circuit. Can lead to Harold Washington Syndrome-- after the late Mayor of Chicago was forced by his doctors to quit smoking, his weight ballooned to 284 pounds at the time of his death a year later.

Religious terms

  • agnatheist - someone who doesn't like the definite "there is no god" of atheism, but leans much more towards there being no god than a normal agnostic might
  • apatheist - someone who claims not to care if there is a God or maintains such a fact would not change their life (perhaps due to their belief that such a God would not judge them, reward them, etc.)
  • athearchist - a made-up religion that is a mix of atheism and anarchy.
  • Egalitarial - A particularly liberal type of Christian Church that concentrates on social justice rather than proselytisation; a counterpoint label to existing label "evangelical" for Christian churches; largely an American phenomenon.
  • reLIcious adj (relic + religious] religiously devoted to relics, to the preservation of the past.
Example: Nothing in contemporary life carries meaning for him. He is a deeply relicious person, not simply nostalgic.
  • shawoman - a female shaman
  • quarrel with God: noun. a religious belief that contradicts with the central doctrine of a larger religion. verb. to hold or indoctrinate a religious belief that contradicts with the central doctrines of a larger religion.
  • G.O.D. -

1. Good Old Dad (see G.O.M.)

2. Giant Outdoor Dominoes - game set made with wooden dominoes, usually 11" x 5-1/2" x 1-1/2" or larger. See Wikiversity: Essential Preschool Part I.

3. Giant Overhead Dominoes -- huge balloons the size of a football field, shaped like a domino (or Bible, or cigar box), on top of which levitating trains run at 600 mph from Chicago to London, or wherever. Anchored by strong cables down which electricity can run to land-based energy uses, or to anchored old ships lining the travel path across the seas (see workship). Power to run trains, and more, obtained by acres of photoelectric generators laid out on the top of each domino on either side of the railroad right-of-way. Eliminates present-day colossal waste of fuel on obsolete airplanes.

  • G.O.M. - Good Old Mom. Acronym pronounced somewhat similar to a Sanskrit word meaning "cow".
  • workship - old vessel which, instead of being scrapped, is used for eco-appropriate purposes including

1. eco-appropriate carpentry: scrap lumber is loaded on board at port of departure and passengers earn their passage by making shelvises (thriftstore shelving units), B-carts, stookles, education toys and other products which are sold at port of arrival.

2. anchoring G.O.D. (Giant Overhead Dominoes).

3. hemigration: each October or April, over a billion persons, especially children, travel south or north in order to live year-round in a summer climate where they can learn about the forest and do appropriate outdoor work to improve the planet.

Treeligious terms

  • treeactionary - someone devoted to campaigning against the logging of forests for an unworthy purpose such as tobacco curing, beefcattle ranching or fancy hardwood flooring when plywood will do.
  • treeage - the art or procedure of sawing a damaged board, resulting in three pieces which can be further trimmed for various uses depending on size. Aimed at preventing the waste of even small pieces and consequent loss of more living trees.
  • short treeage - cutting at the end of a lengthwise crack, resulting in two narrow pieces and one wide one.
  • long treeage - cutting on either end of a large knot or knothole in the middle of a board, which would weaken the board for structural uses, resulting in two longer pieces and one short piece which can be trimmed to an oval shape and made into an Eggspflat.
  • treeconomics - the doctrine and/or practice of preventing wood fibre waste, either in the forests or in urban areas, in order to protect living trees against unnecessary further harvests.

a. "The piece of cut-off board or 2 x 4 that the builders, developers, carpenters etc. discarded is salvaged and made into the cornerstone of a new humane treeconomy."

b. "For the scrap lumber carpenters so loved the forest, that they gave their underpaid overtime to salvage and reuse discarded woodfibre materials, so that trees still standing might have hundreds of additional years of generous beneficent productive life."

c. "In order to extend our timber and timber fibre resources and reduce pressures for timber production from federal lands, the Forest Service should expand its research in the use of recycled and waste timber product materials, develop techniques for the substitution of these secondary materials for primary materials... including...material now being wasted both in the forests and in manufactured products."-- U. S. Federal Law, Chapter 36: 16 USC #1600-1601, "Resources Planning Act of 1974"

  • treeconomy - doctrine and practice of reforestation instead of ecocide.
  • treeforce - (after Goethe) the Good, the Right, and the Up.
  • treehad or treehaad - the disposition and the effort to campaign ceaselessly for reforestation.
  • treeligion - the belief that the trees are God and/or gods.

d. "In the beginning, or since the beginning, the Trees created the heavens (or the 21% which is oxygen, maybe some other God created the 78% which is nitrogen) and the earth (topsoil, without which we'd all be at sea)."

  • treeology - the belief in a personal God, i.e. in the personhood of trees. Unlike humans who are, according to Jefferson and his cosigners, created equal, trees are more or less persons depending on size, and the protection of the biggest trees is to be prioretized.
  • treetheism - the doctrine that the trees are God (see treeligion). Humans and other animals are seen as secondary beings with a caretaker function, i.e. whose purpose for being is to protect and improve the forest and promote reforestation.

Artistic terms

Literary Criticism

Music terms

  • mozartivation - use of high quality music to inspire high quality work performance
  • nannerl complex - envy of some other kid who had a smart older sister

Names of noisy toy instruments for the infant and the toddler (see Wikiversity: Essential Preschool Part I)

  • bogenbong - straight well-sanded stick up to 13" / 40 cm. in length, to one end of which a hardwood bead or metal nut is attached, for bonging on the marimibadera or other instruments or surfaces. Stick handle may be notched for kratzing against a zooky, clwnky, table-edge, pan, pot, tin or other soundscrapes about the house. Named after recently retired Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  • bogie or Kraadtzenbogen - short hardwood stick (limit 11" / 35 cm. for eye safety; may be bent or bowed), with notches lining one or more sides or edges to kratz (scratch, scrape, rasp or grate) against a zooky etc.
  • clwnky - combination of a wooden handle and a 2" / 5 cm. high green plastic beverage bottle bottom, securely fastened together, in which (when held upright) a czogy can rattle, or against the lip of which a bogie can be kratzed. When ground ferociously against a concrete floor it makes a hell of a noise. (The "W" in "clwnky" is pronounced "wh" as in "dwbblyu".)
  • czogy - a battered old golf ball with two holes drilled through it, or golf-ball-sized wood spheroid or heavy metal nut or other projectile which can be wired securely to a clwnky and make a loud clwnk when it is swung wp and lands in the cwp, or rattle once it is there. Must be large enough not to be swallowed by infant, and wire-tether short enough to avoid danger of strangulation.
  • edgescrape - any hardwood or metal or plastic edge which produces a good loud noise when kratzed against by a bogie.
  • Kraadtzenbogen - see bogie. From Ger. kratzen scrape and Bogen bow (It. arco).
  • kratz - (vi. & vt.) to scratch, scrape, rasp or grate with a bogie against a zooky, clwnky, marimbadera, cage-bar -- oops, I mean crib-bar, pot, pan or other household soundscrape.
  • marimbadera - a large cooperative instrument like the Balinese gamelan, except more noise and less music. Thirteen metal rods or bundles of rods are welded together into a structure, and segments of bamboo or hardwood slats wire-strung into the airspace between the top bars, to be beaten upon with the bogenbong. Several toddlers can stand around bonging and kratzing simultaneously.
  • stradizuki or stradizooky - a violin-shaped toy instrument with a hardwood bar to which a cooky tin, catfood can, green 2" / 5 cm.-high plastic beverage-bottle-bottom and various coathanger wires and wirebraids are attached. Toddler can make many kinds of rattly noises by stroking with the notched side or edge of a bogie, get amazing tones by stroking with the "smooth" (actually cross-sanded) side of the bogie, or pluck the plastic bottle-bottom cwp. Named for Antonio Stradivari and Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998). See zooky.
  • stratozuki - larger than the above, a guitar-shaped instrument with several kinds of #1, #2 (etc.) plastic bottle parts, cwps, bowls and so forth which can be plwcked, bonged or kratzed on. See zooky.
  • U-flute - instrument made by combining a cheap plastic mouthpiece which produces a tone, like a recorder mouthpiece, with a 1-1/4" / 4 cm.-diameter straight length of hollowed-out regular old street tree branch from your neighborhood. The wood piece is female and fits over the mouthpiece. Holes are drilled along the side not according to strict music standards like a real recorder but just wherever it looks nice or the wood is strong enough. Named after the University of You-don't-want-to-know-what.
  • wirecage-rattler - a rattle made of a hunk of wood with a wire cage at one end with a stone or other noisy object inside. Looks like a seasquid. Wires must be strong or the object inside too large to swallow in case it gets out.
  • zookicello - a structure like a painter's easel, with a hardwood bar slanting down four feet or more to the floor, with various cups, bottle parts, tins, cardboard boxes etc. attached to it. Several toddlers can stand around bonging and kratzing.
  • zooky - generic term for a family of viol-like instruments with a hardwood bar and various noisy things attached to it. The idea originated in the Madison, Wis., Suzuki program where teachers devised a toy instrument for toddlers with "violin tendencies" to play on instead of messing with an older sibling's $100 instrument (see photo in Kay Collier Slone: They're Rarely Too Young... and Never Too Old "To Twinkle").
  • zukiola - bigger version of a stradizuki, using the bottom 3" / 8 cm. of a 5-gal. #2 (HDPE) plastic bucket, similar-sized open cardboard box with top edges varnished or lined with strong hard resonant paper-backed tape, or extra-large cookie tin.

Names of non-noisy education toy instruments, so you can get up close to the grown-ups without disturbing the meal

  • Pianofloorte, or Klavierplatte - Any paper picnic plate on which with a felt marker you have drawn about ten white-keys' worth of a keyboard, with C near the middle, which can be set on the floor right in front of a crawling 6-month-old and the infant's fingers guided to keys, whereupon you sing the note which was touched by the infant, who learns to activate your trained singreflex by touching the keys, prior to being let loose on a cheap real soundmaking keyboard.
  • czogy (see above) - rotate Clwnky slowly so czogy swings around in a foot-wide orbit, while you maybe sing a low clarinet trill, prior to suddenly singswinging/swingsinging the czogy up and singing the first theme from "Rhapsody in Blue" while rattling the czogy in the Clwnky cwp. You'll be the King of Swingsing and the kid will be the Prince of Wheels.

Names of eco-appropriate carpentry products

  • B-cart {bike-trailer) - a wooden box mounted on two bicycle wheels, with hinged swinging arms in front which can meet at a point where they are attached to the seatpost of a bicycle. Uses recycled scrap boards and either a front fork with wheel (light model) or rear fork with wheel (heavy model) from an old scrapped bicycle. Bike parts don't have to be as good as new for the two-wheeled trailer to be used safely. Can replace the car for visits to the shopping center, hauling 200 lb./100 kg. (weaker front-fork model, the other even more). With China, India and other developing countries threatening to put hundreds of millions more cars on the road, this could be a critical innovation to save the planet. Scrap wood and bikes in the U.S. can be saved from the metal recyclers and the woodburners, trimmed and assembled into kits, shipped to low-labor-cost countries, and assembled into final product there. Heavy models can be drawn behind mopeds which are especially plentiful in China and India.
  • eco-appropriate - made (1) for environment-protective purposes and (2) without harming any living trees.
  • Maxpostbin - a compost bin, about 1m x 1m x 1m, built on an old scrap pallet and using crappy old lumber such as nail-infested pallet stringers, or lengths of roundwood, i.e. dead 2-3"/5-8cm. branches, with notches cut near the ends linkin-loglet-style, stacked crosswise. Millions of these can be built in drought-infested areas such as in the American west, and combustible brush, stubble etc. placed inside along with sawdust-based compost, to prevent bushfires (in U.S. wildfires). Because palletized, entire bin can be moved with a lifttruck. Also works fine in upper-middle-class liberal gardens.
  • shelvis - a set of shelving made from reused salvaged boards, usually with two spaces and three lateral boards, using four narrow boards as end-standers to avoid wasting two wide boards. Built strong and heavy so four of them can stack up safely for use in thriftstores, utility rooms, etc. (deeper than high) or bookshops (higher than deep).
  • skidbin or P-rack - a shelved bin built on a pallet, for stacking boards on edge instead of flat, permitting purchasers, carpenters etc. to pull out each board for separate inspection when selecting which ones they want, and also permitting entire bin to be moved by a lifttruck. Makes it possible for lumber stores to remarket shorter used lumber pieces up to the length of a pallet.
  • stealthshelf - hidden area behind the front midstep of a steppoman where you can keep your dolly or whatever.
  • steppoman - cross between an ottoman and a stepladder, about 18 inches tall, having a mid-step in front, behind which there is a stealthshelf area. Useful for reaching the top shelf at a crowded thriftstore.
  • stookle - same as a stool but more interesting. Made entirely from salvaged reused boards and/or 2-3-inch diameter roundwood (dead trunks or branches) harvested without cutting any live tree. Usually 20-30 inches tall with four standers and twelve crossbars on the sides. Named after J. Stukel, former Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Circle Saw Campus.
  • slabover - a structure featuring a piece of plexiglass suspended 10-20 inches high, under which a person in bed can lie looking up, in order to read or view a slabtop (same as laptop) screen. When the screen is positioned on the slabover looking down, the keyboard is within easy reach of the bedpositioned operator's fingers. Or a separate keyboard can be suspended above the reader's belly, or a two-part keyboard designed with one half each lying on the bed to right and left of the reader, with a system of mirrors above so the reader can see not only the screen but what the two hands are doing. This way even total paraplegics and decrepit old folks can do hours of significant geekwork each week, earn enough money to pay for health care, and live to age 120.
  • tape-a-cat - two-roll tape dispenser, made of scrap wood pieces, which when shelved up high appears to be looking down like a cat. Has a wire trellis along each side against which to cut the tape.

Overuse terms

Failure terms

Word terms

  • aagram: word formed from another by deletion of second letter and transposition of those remaining
  • aangram: particular anagram formed by transposing the second and third letter of a word to form another word
  • pwnonym: A word originating from the typo of another word. Typists have learned pwnderful things enroute to finishing a moneyyouscript.
  • qetnunym: A word that has "q" followed by a letter other than "u".
  • xettonym: A word that starts with "x".
  • writo - A mistake made while writing.
  • verbalo - A mistake made while speaking.

Word science terms (philological protologisms)

  • protothesaurus: (1) - this List of Protologisms by Topic; (2) a List of Protologisms by Topic organized in some fashion analogous to Roget's Thesaurus of synonyms.
  • psychophonetics: the science or, failing that, art of interpreting the sound of a word in order to divine its meaning (or intention), generally by comparing its constituent syllables with basic English (or other-language) root words and discovering and noting particularly Freudian pun relationships. Near-synomyn for (die) Fraeudeschoenegoetherdaemmerpsycho:echo:analyse. As Edward Kennedy Ellington, 1899-1974, once said something similar to, "If it sounds similar, it means similar."
  • (die) Fraeudeschoenegoetherdaemmerpsycho:echo:analyse (for "-echo-", "-ego-" or "-eko-" may be substituted): 1. psychophonetics. 2. a method of interpreting the psyche by interpreting the echo of the psyche, i.e. words and behavior. 3. The systematic study of pseudofreudian proto-, neo- and metalogisms, including nonverbal gestures, body english, dawgdoiydtschisch etc.
  • semitophonetics: the practice of building up complex modern human languages out of roots which are listed in glossaries according to the sequence of their constituent consonants, without in every case bothering to indicate what the vowels are, as in Hebrew and Arabic.
  • dawgdoiydtsch: a language-learning language consisting of two-syllable words with two strong accented syllables, as spondee, Orwell, Newsweek etc. May consist of a one-syllable word which has been divided, or "exploded", in two by inserting a firm stopbarrier consisting of two or more consonants such as hard G and D (representing God). In the present example, doiydtsch is imploded dawgdoiydtsch and dawgdoiydtsch is exploded doiydtsch.
  • dawgdoiydtschisch: a language-learning language consisting of three-syllable words in which the first syllable has the accent and the second syllable has the subaccent, as in dawgdoiydtschisch or Stieftochter.
  • dawgdoiydtschischheschisch: a language-learning language consisting of five-syllable words or phrases with accents on the first, second and fourth syllables, sometimes with internals rhymes or alliterations, as in dawgdoiydtschischheschisch, SEPTEMber 'LEVenth! or stepmotherfather (and its relatives). "Without the heschisch you can't do the dawgdoiydtsch."

Night terms

Negative comparative and superlative forms of verbs

Definition of Unstable Neologisms, or Protologisms

Unstable neologisms are words which are being proposed by individuals or are being used in a very small subculture.

For example, since there seems to be no other word yet existing for a newly created word which has not yet gained any real acceptance, we might coin the word protologism to mean just that!

Protologism [Greek protos, first + Greek logos, word; cf. prototype, neologism] is a newly created word which has not yet gained any wide acceptance. It is a prototype or a hypothetical projection of a new lexical unit before it may become current in writing or speech. The word "protologism" proposed here and now is itself an example of a protologism.

In contrast to protologisms, neologisms are words that have already been in public usage by authors other than their inventors. As soon as a protologism finds its way into newspapers and websites, journals and books, it becomes a neologism.

A commercial venture related to such 'words that should be words' and which popularized them were the books called "Sniglets" (by Rich Hall and Friends). Some have used this term to popularize their own 'should-be' words. (However, these seem to have been generally confined to purposes of humor--though this may itself necessitate a separate categorization of pages within protologisms.)

Answering Potential Criticism of the Inclusion of Protologism Listings

Although some may have concern that allowing a forum for Protologisms here is a vain endeavor since it might be expected that well-deserving words would have already caught on by the public without such a forum, it should also be evident that having a platform on which one can try out new words (and have the words seen by those interested in the topic or in new words in general) makes it much more likely that the words have a chance of catching on.

Although any one can (and many people do) coin new words which eventually gain acceptance, such acceptance does not only depend on the quality of the word, but also on the number of people who will have an opportunity to hear the word, particularly those who are in a position to use the word.

For example, if we coined a word to express a technical physics concept, it is unlikely that the word would catch on unless the word could be voiced in a forum where those interested in or knowledgeable about physics might visit. True, there already are forums such as scholarly articles or email lists where this kind of discussion takes place, but the interactive and fully editable nature of Wiktionary makes opportunities for accessibility and refinement (without distracting side-discussions consuming the view of the new idea) much greater. Also, those with only a peripheral interest in the topic--yet with some insight--could make contributions to the process by being able to easily navigate a structured definition/categorization.

Criteria for Inclusion:

Unstable neologisms, or protologisms which people wish to list at Wiktionary should meet an expressive need, follow some logic in their etymology, follow standards of spelling, intonation, and pronunciation in the language, and should be ideally "catchy" enough to have a chance of gaining wider acceptance.

Although prudence should be used in not adding too freely to this list and heeding the above conventions, the listing of Unstable Neologisms at this page should afford everyone the opportunity to see words they have wanted to use to express a concept or logical device come into existence (and possibly more widespread use) and be shared among those interested in general in new word ideas or those wishing to only monitor on their "watchlist" changes to neologisms for a certain topic in which they are interested.

All Neologisms (particularly unstable ones), if assigned their own page, should be labeled as such next to the definition (especially for those coming across the page without knowing it is a new neologism).

When adding links to neologisms on topic or subtopic categorization pages, they should only be added if the words are distinctly labeled as neologisms on the topic page (and possibly dumped into a separate list to which the categorization page was linked so as not to clutter the view from these categorization pages of already stable and well-accepted words). For example, when someone is viewing all of the economics words by topic, some may not wish to be distracted (or confused) by seeing words which have only been proposed, and have not yet come to any widespread acceptance, so a link could be made within the economics topic section to "economics neologisms/protologisms".

Assistance in Coining New Terms

For aid in coining new terms (besides posting one's questions or comments on a new or preexisting Talk page), one should probably first look at the By Topic page (or another "Word Menu") or in a Thesaurus to find other terms in the same genre.

Knowledge of foreign languages might also be helpful in illuminating what is possible in words as far as what concepts might be grouped together. Such knowledge could also illuminate expressive gaps in one's language and possibly contribute to aiding the work of translators who would otherwise have to choose an inadequate term to express the original idea. (Along these lines, the word's proposer could cross-reference the proposed neologism as a suggested exact translation for the foreign word on the foreign word's definition page (as long as it was clear that the alternative was not currently in widespread use)). Despite these possibilities for considering foreign languages, there is no reason that neo-neologisms would need to already be in existence in any language (though one could perhaps make clear at their neo-neologism page that the word was in fact in existence in specific other language(s)).

To devise the actual form of the word once a concept was decided upon, one could consult an alphbetical, by topic, or other category of list of affixes and roots.

The Consultation Process for Neo-neologisms

To take our example of coining the new word "protologism", someone who thought neoneologism (i.e. new neologism) or nowism (i.e., "now-ism") would be more ideal or catchy (or as an additional synonym perhaps) could make such a suggestion in the corresponding Talk/Discuss page of the new word page just started.

Competing protologisms (or neoneologisms, or nowisms) could coexist if resolution on the matter could not be found by those discussing the merits of the word choice and form. (Competition between terms happens regularly in linguistic change, leading sometimes to full acceptance of both terms (see Neologism), but the tendency is also for coexisting terms to eventually develop nuanced distinctions of meaning.)

Also, this system would enable those who have mistakenly thought that a word DID NOT exist to express their concept to be informed by others monitoring the topic who knew of an already existing suitable word.

Separate pages for protologisms

The practice of including newly coined words in the main dictionary space has been disallowed at Wiktionary. Placing the {{protologism}} tag on the page will display a disclaimer and categorize the word as a protologism, but it will subsequently be moved to the List of protologisms.

Using Your or Others' Protologisms

Although you may need to go out on a limb to risk using your (or others') new words, it might be kept in mind that that is always the case when we use new slang or jargon and our audience may not have heard the word before. Also, this topical listing and other category browsing and searching options of Wiktionary make it more feasible that Wiktionary could develop into a central place where people come to ascertain the meanings of unfamiliar terms they have just come across (you could even conceivably make links from your website which uses the new term to the Wiktionary page of your word).

Additional Resources

  • The Internalatonal Dictionary of Neologisms has been collecting invented words since 1985. Everyone is encouraged to submit their coinages or submit additional definitions for existing words.

See also