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North, Pestilence, Winter and Ringo!

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The English language needs some new words. I would like to propose the word ”schlurple” to mean the way you sip tea or coffee when it is too hot to drink normally. Another drinking related action that needs a word is the gulp you take off the top of a drink so you don’t spill it when carrying it to somewhere else. (Maybe ”sklep”?) This is distinct from the sip you take from a drink on a table without lifting it up because it is full to the brim.

Another thing that needs a word will take a little more explaining. When you have a certain number of somethings that need a name (be they harddrives, potted plants, whatever else you feel like naming) and you name them each after one of something else that had that number of things. An example or two will illuminate;

  • When you have 2 of something and call them ”Bonnie” and ”Clyde” or ”Bill” and ”Ben” or ”Bert” and ”Ernie”
  • When you have three of something and name them ”Athos, Porthos and Aramis”
  • Four of something could be named ”John, Paul, George and Ringo”, ”North, South, East and West” and so on

There’s the seven deadly sins, four horsemen of the apocalypse… Countless examples of sets of names associated with a number. Surely there should be a word to describe the act of naming things after a set of things like this? A more exhaustive list of sets like this will probably follow, as I think of more ways to avoid work…

And what about ”Yoko Ono” or ”D’Artagnan”? Associated with, but not part of the set… These kinds of outsiders deserve a word too.

I will single handedly change the face of the English language! Watch this space.

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Written by Seamus

December 1, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Posted in new words

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