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10 Neologisms Caught in the Internets

A neologism (from Greek neo = “new” + logos = “word”) is a new word or expression.

Neologisms usually pertain to something topical, and they can be some of the most playful and fun words in any language.

Today, neologisms circulate faster than ever, catching-on with broader audiences through a few clicks of the mouse. Here is a list of 10 neologisms which I find funny, creative, and useful.

Sargasm
Deriving too much satisfaction from using sarcasm.

Phonundrum
Confusion a person experiences when hearing a phone ringing and wondering if it’s his or not.

Facebookicide/Facebooklift
Deliberately terminating one’s Facebook profile; Facebooklift refers to changing one’s profile picture or personal information.

Cashtration
The purchase of an unaffordable object such as a house or a car, which renders a person financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

Textrovert
A person who prefers to express his feelings via text messages because personal interaction makes him uncomfortable and self-conscious.

Truthiness
Intuitive knowledge, “gut feeling”; coined by Stephen Colbert

iPhony
A shallow person who owns an iPhone and acts in a demeaning manner towards people who do not have one.

Offsprung
An adult offspring.

Obamamania
National obsession with president-elect Barack Obama

Baldersdash
Rapidly receding hairline

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