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it occurred to me recently, while engaging in an activity that made me very happy, that my vocabulary, as expansive as it might be, is quite limited. i decided that i desperately needed to start creating new words.

i've experienced so many great things lately that i find myself quickly exhausting the vernacular to express myself or describe the beauty of the situation. and thus—magnificent, splendid, marvelous, glorious, euphoric, blissful, heavenly, amazing, perfect, ethereal and …have all worn themselves out.

here are my not-so-humble first submissions to the lost man dictionary:

articulative: adverb of articulate. akin to eloquent, except that it refers more to the process than to the quality of the utterance.

cerhaps (certainly-perhaps): used to express that feeling of great certainty that you tint with humility because others are likely to point fingers at you should you commit to it and your intuition turns out to be wrong.

frink: frozen ink.

frinkilation: what happens to your pen when you write in frosty weather.

rux: the frustrated irk you get when you are asked to obey a rule and then a moment later you witness someone who doesn't observe it.

spleasure: the pleasure of being spontaneous. "although the evening had been in the making for months, he was so charming that I cancelled all plans to entertain his delightfully whimsical invitation—we had a wonderfully spleasurable evening together."

splenderfic: splendidly terrific.

splurry: that sudden internal push that translates into a scurry when you see a car coming at you while jaywalking. can also be used as a verb—"the headlights glared impending death, so i splurried.

struth: the little bit of truth underlying many, if not most, prejudice and stereotypes.

Um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay
Um diddle diddle diddle um diddle ay
Even though the sound of it Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You'll always sound precocious

from Mary Poppins, Robert B. Sherman

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