Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 14:58:31 EST From: Undetermined origin c/o LISTSERV maintainer Subject: New word of the year (eponym division) I picked this up off a computer humor mailing list, and thought I'd pass it along. Unfortunately, there are enough people doing this that the verb "to fuhrman" may be needed. Vicki Rosenzweig vr%acmcr.uucp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] | rosenzweig[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] New York, NY >Message-Id: <199512121838.NAA15059[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]> >Date: Fri, 8 Dec 95 17:08:38 -0500 >To: silent-tristero[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >From: blamb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (Bill Lambert) >Subject: Re: a new word for you; please use it immediately >Sender: silent-tristero-approval[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >Precedence: bulk >Reply-To: blamb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (Bill Lambert) >Status: R > > >At 1:01 AM 12/08/95, t byfield wrote: >>I invented a new word yesterday and thought I would share it with you. >> >> somnblabulist -> someone who talks in his or her sleep >> >>>From which, I, being the King of My New Word, derive the following: >> >> blabule -> primary unit of blab > >I like the 'blabule', but could you please tell us the pronounciation >of the first word? I hardly ever use words I can't say after 3 beers :-) > >[Being able to coin new words is one of the 4 basic freedoms, along with >freedom of religion, the freedom of screwing the consenting adult of your >choice, and the freedom of choosing your own network provider.] > >I also coined a word recently that I hope people will bring into >common usage (not invented... we can't really invent words >because the nature of words is that they define existing concepts >that need the benefit of convenient shorthand descriptions). >The word is "to fuhrman" (v.) and is derived from the name of >LAPD All-star detective Mark Fuhrman. To fuhrman is to exercise >racial prejudice or harrassment against mixed race couples, as in: >"We were fuhrmaned on the subway when this guy called my wife >a (ethnic_slur_of_choice) lover." The word is catching on and has >been used by several people besides myself in the soc.couples.intercultural >ng. > >I got this idea from the Japanese using the name of ex-President >Bush as a verb root meaning "to vomit disgracefully". > >Hmm... I wonder how many new words tristero folks can develop >based on their favorite well known personalities. > > > >