Sunday, March 09, 2008

now you're just being ridiculous

seems like anytime i didn't know what a weird, cooky word was on dictionary.com, or in a book i was reading, when i looked it up the definition was "trinket; bauble."

Here are some such words:
bagatelle, bibelot, curio, doodad*, gadget, gewgaw*, gimcrack*, trifle, whatnot*, juju, madstone, phylactery, knickknack, dingbat, frippery, furbelow, fandangle*, frippery, bijou, and frou-frou. (* denotes informal/slang)

I think it's safe to say if you are looking for a word like trinket or bauble, and you don't want to use either of those two exact words, then you can pretty much make up anything that you want to.

e.g., "The appraiser determined the family jewels to be, in fact, hick-dickery-cock-in-jaws, rather than diamonds."

or, "One time, my cat knocked a rillybetibby off my dresser."

or [archaic] "That sure is a nice crockinhimmel."


would you like to make up sentences that use the word, but don't show any context at all?
i love this game so much. i will work it into a film someday. maybe it will be the entire premise. don't tell anyone. it's a secret.
Once in high school, i turned in a pop quiz with this word used in a sentence:
"My cat is very affable."
the teacher was cool, and thought it was funny.
it was half of a joke, i also didn't know the complete definition of the word, just the general jist. i don't think he gave me credit.. ....


7 Comments:

Blogger Jerell said...

Phylactery sounds like a bone or a prehistoric bird disease.

2:04 PM  
Blogger maryk said...

you are exactly right. it does. see? let's just make shit up.

~mk

2:21 PM  
Blogger heighlo. said...

I particularly LOVE that some of the made up words are marked as 'informal or slang' unlike phlactery which is a highbrow word for brick-a-brack.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Brian Bannon said...

Ironically this post shows a depth of meaning and extensive research rather than a trinket baubled off.

It's...what's the word...bookish? Na. Scholarly? Na. Brain-swelling. That's it. But not like meningitis, the GOOD brain-swelling.

10:26 PM  
Blogger maryk said...

heighlo: i'm glad you noticed that! yes. meant to make that point, and didn't, and was too lazy to go back. kudos~!

bb: nicely done, sir.

10:31 PM  
Blogger rp said...

Tory couldn't help but notice that the bracelet, a fun bit of sphanktanickerabons, was a bit gaudy, after all.

1:17 AM  
Blogger stacey said...

i'm still recovering from the fact that a synonym for "information" is "hot poop". fo realz.

1:13 PM  

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