by Suzanne Reisler Litwin
My brother Jon turned me on to a fun website, which I’m really enjoying. The site is called Urbandictionary.com. On this site, you can make up words or phrases and have it published. Urban Dictionary’s content is made up from people, like you and I, who submit their newly created words or phrases. You simply create a word or phrase, provide a definition, tag related words and submit it for publication. The editors will determine if they want to accept it or not. Once the word or phrase is accepted, it becomes part of the Urban Dictionary. At that point, you can buy a mug and/or T-shirt with your new word or phrase and the definition on it. Kinda silly and FUN! Not everything in the Urban Dictionary is PG! Actually, a lot of it isn’t. This is the angle which makes this site very interesting. Some of the words and phrases are extremely creative and funny. I love words and using words. Here is a place where newly made-up words or phrases can exist.
As a writer, I tend to make up a lot of words. I also use the words which I make up. “Simblissity” is one of those words. It means to enjoy the simple pleasures of life in a blissful way. “Marringle” is one of my favorites. It refers to married people who behave like they’re single. I still smile when I use this one. As in, “Look at him with all those women! He’s so marringle!” or “Check out the marringle gal with all those guys!”
The other day I made up the word, “Soulgalmate”. This word refers to that special girlfriend who is your soulmate. You know, the girlfriend who just gets you spiritually and loves you. I’m lucky to have friends who I can call my soulgalmates.
It’s fun to make up words and phrases. It’s even more fun when you can have them published. Presently, I’m working on a few more words. Some days I make up way too many words. I have to resist spending too much time on this site. Actually, this site is for word-loving people who are “logophiles”. Logophile is an actual real word, a noun. The word’s origin is Greek, logo (speech) + phile (friend, lover) = word lover. A lover of words.
I presented my girlfriend with the newly created word, “Soulgalmate”. She accepted it as a gift! She thanked me so much for thinking of her in that way. She was touched by my interest in ‘giving her a word’! How simple is it to give someone a word? Now I’m planning to give her a mug to make this a 3-dimensional real gift.
Here’s an idea. Do you have a friend who’s impossible to find gifts for? Do they have everything they need or are they just really fussy? Perhaps this friend likes to return everything you give them? Here’s a great idea, make up a word which best describes them and try to have it published on Urban Dictionary. If the word is accepted for publication, send them a mug with the word and definition on it. This way you will have an original gift they can’t return! Maybe they won’t use the mug, but it’s still an original thought and gift!
My objective is not to promote this site. What I am trying to promote is creativity and new meanings in words, because I am a logophile! At the same time, how’s about a clever, newly invented gift idea?
Maybe the person who is hard to buy gifts for should be called an “Impossigifter”! Hey, that’s a good one. I think I might try to get that word published…before I publish this article of course!
Have a ‘Damnsuperfab” day! I had that word published too. You can now buy a mug with this word on it! Heee, I’m so silly.
Suzanne Reisler Litwin is an instructor at Concordia University in The Centre for Continuing Education – Communications Department. She is a writing instructor at The Cummings Centre. She writes a weekly column in The Suburban Newspaper and at the West Island Blog. Suzanne is a freelance contributor to The Suburban Newspaper, West Island Blog, Wise Women Canada, The Metropolitain, and Women on the Fence. She is the author of the children’s book, The Black Velvet Jacket. Visit suzannereislerlitwin.com to read more of her published articles, books, and poetry.