Pre-K Jargon File

Jesus Monster

About a year ago, my wife and I were in the midst of watching the classic Stephen Fry/Hugh Laurie-helmed Jeeves and Wooster and we were allowing our kids to watch it along with us. We had been watching episodes each evening and the kids were keeping up well, though one night my at-the-time 2-year-old daughter […]

Compound German Neologism Of The Day: Vergeblicherufnummer-suchemüherealisierung

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Compound German Neologism Of The Day Vergeblicherufnummersuchemüherealisierung Literally: wasted telephone number search-effort realization The dawning realization that the business phone number you just spent five minutes tracking down on Google was, in fact, already stored in your phone’s contact list, primarily due to the fact […]

Compound German Neologism Of The Day: Verlorenfreund-überraschenfalschgefähl-geburtstaggrüssung

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Compound German Neologism Of The Day Verlorenfreundüberraschenfalschgefühlgeburtstaggrüssung noun Literally: Surprised by a lost friend fake enthusiastic birthday greeting The false bravado one adopts upon encountering an estranged friend while attending a third party’s child’s birthday party. (Ref. inspiration)

Compound German Neologism Of The Day: Apfelzerstörenangst

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Compound German Neologism Of The Day Apfelzerstörenangst noun Literally: Apple destroying anxiety or dread The sense of existential dread one experiences in the moments after dropping one’s lunch sack and having heard a sickening “thunk”, thus assuring the bruised-beyond-recognition of one’s apple.

“SAT Words”

I used to be regularly derided by friends and acquaintances of all stripe for my use of “SAT words”, generally defined as words that do not see regular use in the populace at large and thus achieve a “nerdy” gloss. In fact, so distinct is my proclivity towards these sorts of words that they were […]

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