Thursday, January 13, 2005

Bird is the word

I sometimes come up with sniglets, those self-consciously clever neologisms that in the early 1980s were promoted endlessly by Rich Hall, the late-night TV comedian. To be precise, I have formulated two:

automalull: Pause in conversation that occurs because one person has already gotten into the car.

amphotee: Photographic portrait so posed that the subject appears to be missing a limb.

Well, the fun continues.

scannui: Unease brought on by walking through a theft detection device, whether or not you have stolen anything.

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