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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Create your own word!

Visit Merrian Webster's Open Dictionary and create your own word.

The latest five, as of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, are:

cml (abbreviation) : call me later —used in electronic text messaging
"Gotta go, cml."
Submitted by: Anonymous Oct. 07, 2008 13:27

repayance (noun) : repayment
"Today we'll get pasta which is my repayance to you for yesterday."
Submitted by: Brandon Lockhart from Maryland on Oct. 07, 2008 11:59

gabshow (noun) : a talk show
"Tonight, the gabshow will have an interview with the latest tabloid headline-making starlet."
Submitted by: K.A. Hoffa from Pennsylvania on Oct. 07, 2008 10:20

maherisms (noun) : an utterance or idea put forth by Bill Maher; esp.: highly skeptical criticisms of government and culture.
"I believe that maherisms are based on common sense, which, unfortunately, most people are lacking."
Submitted by: J.C. Moore from Pennsylvania on Oct. 07, 2008 10:09

elderspeak (noun) : a belittling manner of addressing elders by a younger person that often conveys the assumption that the older person cannot understand or hear well
"For people without cognitive problems, elderspeak can sometimes make them livid." —John Leland, NYTimes, 10/7/08
Submitted by: Anonymous on Oct. 07, 2008 10:07

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