From time-to-time, when we just can’t find the right words to say, we make up our own. Here is our on-going list…
* “Ack-tiv-lee-ish”: To be Activelyish, is to be actively passively-active in some form of activity. Not committed, but not idle, kind of like a lot of Baptists in relationship to their church membership.
*”Ove-er-wuh-elm-DEAD-fide”: Overwhelmdified is the state at which an individual is so overwhelmed, they are nearly petrified with fear and/or anxiety and/or the need to use the restroom promptly.
*”Puh-row-ak-tin-guh”: Whereas “reacting” is to respond to a force or stimuli, “proacting” is to be the stimuli.
* “Mooch-oh-laut-toe”: Moocho-lotta is a word that illustrates the point, that sometimes one language just isn’t sufficient to express an idea. In such instances here at Overboard, we combine English and Spanish to express the magnitude of our feelings. In this case, Karen Kingsbury hasn’t just written “a whole lot of books”, she’s written a “mucho-lotta” books. Clearly, the double language reference indicates a greater magnitude than any one language could have conveyed.
* “Heck-till-ay-shus”: Hectilatious is a compound-chaotic word, dealing with two forms of spastic energy. “Hectic” — as in, “hanging out with middle school boys can be hectic” — and “Hellatious” — as in, “hanging out with middle school boys can be hellatious” — come together to form a powerful adjective (or adverb or noun…used very loosely) to describe one’s schedule, or the condition of the house after a birthday party with 5-year-olds, or on some occasions, the condition of a person who is searching frantically for his lost wallet and keys because he is 7 minutes late getting the kids to school (not that, that has every been true of me. At least not today).
*”Prak-ti-tude”: Practitude happens when you get a chance to practice what you preach. It’s an opportunity to test that your attitude reflects what you practice. Having an “Exactitude” is slightly different and causes my wife and I to scuffle at the dinner table.
* “Hoar-son-al-ity”: Just as humans possess personality, horses posses horsenality. The nature of a horse is it’s horsenality.
* “Fall-low-er-shipp”: I’m annoyed that followership gets underlined by my auto-spellcheck. It really should be a word, thus, we have deemed it so. “Leadership” is comprised of two words. “Lead” and “ership”. Throughout history, this phrase was heard more than once in the shipping industry: “There goes the Lead ‘ership out the harbor” in reference to the first ship into the bay** Similarly, the word “Followership” is made up of two words, “Follow” and “ership”. It too was used in the harbors-of-old when sailors would say, the “Lead ‘ership has gone, let’s follow ‘ership to sea!”***
(** There is actually no historical record that says anything of a sort. However, if that record should be discovered, I’d like it noted that this blog announced it first.
*** see previous note.)
*”Re-dund-ick-lick-cul”: Redundyclical a compound circular word comprised of redundant and cyclical. Something that is cyclical is by nature, redundant, and to be redundant is to be cyclical. For example, the phrase, ‘working with middle school boys is crazy’ is redundyclical. “Working with middle school boys” is crazy. To say it “is crazy” is to say what is already known and to therefore, reinforce the obvious question: What is mentally wrong with the person you are talking with, to make them want to work with middle school boys? I know, because my wife and I have worked with middle school boys for over 16 years and have often been asked this question, in pity, by many a concerned friend or family member.
*”Wuh-Pam”: Condensing verb, adjective or adverb. Combination of the words “Whoopin” and “Slam”. As in, “I handed you a whoopin and you went slam on the floor” can now be condensed to, “I Wuh-Pammed you to the floor.” Can be used in past tense. Frequently used, and in fact invented, by my daughter BJ, and quickly spread through the family. Eg: “I was running into the kitchen and forgot to open the door. I hit it, ‘Wuh-Pam’ and fell on my rear end in the family room.” Also can be used to suggest aggression: “AJ, if you touch my DS again, I will Wuh-Pam you into next week.”
*An “Overboard-er” [plural: Overboard-ers] is the term given to one choosing to live Overboard. Can be personalized, as in, “I am an Overboard-er”. Often used to describe someone who is perpetually grabbing the side of the proverbially boat and jumping sea-ward. For example, “That [insert name here] sure loves being an Overboard-er.
*”boom-ahhhh-L-ohhhhh-jist”: Often used to describe those who excel in the use and creation of “things that go boom”. The term boomologist has its roots in the sound heard after the lighting of said creations. Following the “Boom” there is an “ahhhhhh” (sometimes interpreted as “alllll” by those with less than 20/20 hearing) from the onlookers, immediately followed by an “ohhhhhhh” if said boom also distributes explosive and colorful sparkles or flames. However, the term “Boom-all-oh” was used derogatorily in the early-mid 2013s, so in 2014 the added “gist” at the end of the word created technical-sounding expertise, giving honor to those who have become proficient in such matters.
*”Joe-crates”: a Word of Eng/Greek origins rooted in desperation. “Joe” from the english, “Joe,” and “Crates” from the Greek word which probably means, “Of great philosophical thinking.” thus Joe-Crates would be “Joe of great philosophical thinking.” A few less-informed readers have pointed out that the word could also be pronounced like “Joke-rates”, as in “your Joke-rates poorly.” However, those nincompoops are openly ignored.
*”Tare-uh-thrilled”: A compound-emotive word. The exciting emotion that comes from being terrified and thrilled at the exact same moment. This is often accompanied by sounds similar to those made by a man who has just caught the largest salmon of his life and is running to show his friends, while at the same time, he is being pursued by a bear who also noticed his catch.
*”Dis-un-comfortable”: “Dis” is from the popular early 90s phrase [as in, “I’m going to dis you for treating me like that’] and “un” implying the opposite of whatever is next [as in, “un-cool” or “un-sure”], combine with “comfortable” which means “affording or enjoying contentment and security.” Therefore, disuncomfortable is a proper double negative implying the speaker is dissing not being comfortable. Disuncomfortable is a state-of-mind, and generally only used by those who have experience being uncomfortable, but are choosing to enjoy their present circumstances, regardless.
*”Excite-ti-fying”: Like its sister word, “Territhrilled” (see entry in Overboard blogtionary), Excitifying is compound-emotive word, linking two strong sentiments together. “Exciting” indicates a happy, thrilling, adrenaline pumping moment like when a person is preparing to jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet. “Terrifying” indicates a strong feeling of adrenaline pumping horror, like when a person who is about to jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet realizes what 10,000 feet above the ground looks like! Often there is no sound uttered when a person is Excitified, as both the potential thrill of success and terror of failure combine to remove all vocal capabilities.