Fakelish: generative English words

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A dompled lintruing, with more flastic corranth than I expodised.

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Brillig!

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At college too many years ago now, we used to play Fakelish Scrabble - the words had to be “not” English words but you had to be able to use the word plausibly in a sentence. (And, obviously, if the word was in the dictionary, it was disallowed.)

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If I was an academic I would be sorely tempted to sneak one of these into every paper.

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Obligatory:

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Trident’s not a real word?

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(Supposedly the result of asking Mensa members to change a letter in a word and provide a plausible definition.)

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It is, but “copy-editor” isn’t.

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There’s nothing to weed out perfectly cromulent words.

(I owe a Coke to @DreamboatSkanky )

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My brain occasionally makes up new words… I had a really good one the other day, but now I forgot it.

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Should have asked the ISIHAC team.

Lists formalated like this get right on my pecties.

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Of course. A trident is a person with only three teeth left.

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Someone with ten teeth is, of course, decadent.

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This is exactly how real words get made. People just pull them from their asses and there you go, a new word.

new band name:

Cromulent Jabberwocky

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So you experienced amnemonical neologismatism!

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Unfortunately, you can’t use half the words because they’ve been trademarked by pharmaceutical companies already.

But ask your doctor if formalated Herbalve is right for you.

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