Language is an ever evolving tool of connection between humans, and making up new words is fun. I even see this happen among my homeless clients, work which normally has lot of frustrations, heartbreaks and disappointments. But the wordsmithing efforts offset the difficulties. In our office, we keep a running list of our favorites and add to them when we find another gem. What do you think of these selections?
1. Crouton – A sleeping aparatus. “Instead of getting a bed I’m gonna get me one of those croutons to sleep on.”
2. Escape Goat – To be blamed for something you did not do. “I ain’t gonna be no escape goat!”
3. Flowmat – The way something operates. “N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous) don’t use a religious flowmat.”
4. 360 Degrees – A measure of change. “My life has changed! I did a complete 360!” (So you’re in the exact same place?)
5. For all intensive purposes – In every way that matters. “For all intensive purposes, I may as well be married.”
6. Pedal Stool – An elevated position. “I’m not tryin’ to put that girl on no pedal stool.”
7. Chester – A chest of drawers and a dresser. “When I move, I’m going to buy a new chester for the bedroom.”
8. Flustrated – Another word for “overwhelmed.” “I was getting so flustrated with my daughter that I put her out.”
9. French benefits – Bonuses to a job outside of pay. “I almost got a job with good french benefits.”
10. Bite myself in the foot – To ruin one’s chances. “I have to be careful not to mess up and bite myself in the foot.”
11. A Fireman – A weapon. “He was convicted of possession of a fireman.” (This last one actually came from a colleague, not a client!)
Oxford Dictionary? Knock knock knock… I’m talking to you.
What do you think of these words? Can you see yourself using them?