nov 5


NYT Mag looks at the process of choosing words for the new OED. My favorite addition is wonky, but no mention is made on whether a word I swear I invented will make it: arm candy.


Sarah (who never leaves comments) claims that she used this phrase around me first. This is possible, but I don't remember it, so therefore it never happened!

posted by Rex at 7:04 PM on November 5, 2006

I could swear I invented "wife beater" in the early 90s as the euphemism for the awful tank top undershirt, but I guess it's unlikely.

posted by Eric at 7:11 PM on November 5, 2006

A few years ago my friend Evan kept using the term "asshatery", which I'm pretty sure he got from looking at Fark all day. At the time I was constantly calling people "douche bags", which around Evan quickly morphed into "douche baggery". Then, about a month ago, someone at Comedy Central told me that a letter was being circulated around their office from the EIC of Cracked Magazine that claimed he had invented "douche baggery". Jerk stole my word!

posted by Taylor at 10:23 PM on November 5, 2006

My friend John Lamb created a portmanteau of "touché" and "true" -- "trueche," which is sorta like saying "ah, you clever goose, you're right about that."

It never caught on, but I always wish it had.

posted by Rex at 10:50 PM on November 5, 2006

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