Public Service Announcement #24

February 3rd, 2006 · 1 Comment
by Booksquare

We are totally behind tilting at windmills, so bring you the story of one man’s attempt to accomplish the impossible*. Since the fine folks at the OED are more diligent than those at the U.S. Patent Office, they do a pretty thorough search for prior examples of word usage. We suspect this internet thing helps. In one case, a man’s attempt to get his made-up word (Jill, you are not alone) into the dictionary of record was deemed “amusing”.

We have been called amusing more than once in our life, and it’s rarely the compliment it seems. For example, when someone says, “Very amusing”, they are rarely suggesting that we are being charming and clever. Thus we lend a hand to the attempt to get presticogitation into the OED. We even offer the official definition to help you you help us help some dude we’ve never met:

“Presticogitation” is the cerebral equivalent — “rapid mental processing that commands compliance because of its speed and beauty,” as [James] Vanden Bosch defines it.

* – It is not actually impossible, but pretty darn hard. We are going to get the hang of honesty if it kills us.

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1 response so far ↓

  • Lorra // Feb 3, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    Do you think some really cool, thought-provoking swear words have a chance in HE-double-hockey-sticks of getting into the dictionary?