Until "Facepalm" appeared as last week’s topic, I’d never met the word. And this week "Bestie" has sailed in from similar uncharted waters.
But rather than get all pedantic; and regret that our language is deteriorating into a kind of verbal vacuum cleaner that sucks up a mishmash of lexicographical loose ends and dumps it onto us; this entry intends to tap into the creativity behind these new words.
English is a living language; continually attracting new words and adding new meanings to existing words.
And now that newly-coined words have emerged as Challenge topics; I thought we could have some fun and add some new definitions to some familiar words ...
Archeologists: Historians with minimal self-discipline—for they like nothing better than to spend their lives in ruins.
Bullion: One thousand million New Zealand dollars.
Fransz Liszt: An obsesszive-compulszive Hungarian virtuoszo pianiszt and composzer who insiszted on keeping detailed cataloguesz of all hisz muszical maszterpieczes.
Homophone: A word that sounds like … a helpline for people with same-sex attraction.
Like: A word that’s, like, invaded adolescent speech patterns like a, like, punctuation mark; like, whether the rest of us like, like it or not, like.
Novas Kosher: A Canadian province where Jews need never fear how their food has been prepared.
Prima donna: A female entertainer whose insistence on having top-billing is nothing new, for this insistence arose many centuries pre-Madonna.
Silhouette artists: Illustrators who learn their skills the hard way, right from the start they have their work cut out for them.
Swordid detail: Forensic evidence that’s compiled by police investigating a fatal stabbing.
Won Shu: A Chinese amputee whose missing leg inspired him to write jazz lyrics; his most famous being “One Shoe come home, Bill Bailey.” This song has a very catchy tune - Won Shu get used to it.
Footnote. This entry may provoke some curiosity about the author's state of mind, but this is the Bestie could come up with….:-(
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