In The New Yorker, The Word For
There ought to be a word for “the limbo-like precincts of an airport baggage claim, where groggy travellers gather around the motionless treads of empty conveyor belts.” It is a singularly desolate scene, and there should be a succinct way for a forlorn luggage-seeker to text a quick apology to the friend who is idly circling the airport roads. Now, there is: “baggatory.”
That clever turn is just one of a couple hundred neologisms coined by Liesl Schillinger in her new book, “Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century.”
“social crawler” (a party-goer who accidentaly mingles with losers);Posted by Jill Fallon at October 25, 2013 10:43 AM | Permalink
“Facebook-happy” (a miserable person who fakes bliss in carefully managed Facebook posts);
“polterguy” (an ex-boyfriend who haunts future relationships);
“factose intolerant” (a person who claims a false allergy or irrational antipathy to certain foods); and
“rotter” (the bottom drawer in the refrigerator where produce goes to putrefy).