During a recent downtime discussion at work, a co-worker asked me how many languages I actually speak.  Though the answer is two (English and Gibberish), she believed that it was more because of my successful answers during daily viewings of quiz shows, my ability to pronounce certain specialized terms that pop up in our daily work, and her mistaken belief that the word ‘Frammistat’ was actually German.  In reality, I have sufficient command of Spanish to get arrested, a tiny bit of semi-conversational Japanese, a very rudimentary chunk of Latin (thanks to a school-teacher grandmother) and know exactly one sentence in German.  Of course, given that English absorbs words the way that I absorb quotes from ‘Real Genius,’ there are a great many foreign-sounding words and phrases that occasionally pop up in my speech patterns, as well as some entirely fabricated words and other such frammistattery.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced “ha-da-ka”) has that certain je ne sais quoi, asking: What is your favorite made-up, nonsense or place-holder word?

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Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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15 Comments

  1. October 19, 2012 at 11:39 am — Reply

    It must be cluster-schmazz, because I heard Little Disaster use it correctly yesterday…

  2. GeorgeDubya
    October 19, 2012 at 11:49 am — Reply

    Gorram takes the cake for me. It’s something that I actually find myself using at times.

    • October 20, 2012 at 12:33 am — Reply

      My goddaughter started using it when she was younger as a curse word substitute and never outgrew it. Just the other day she used it in a slightly heated argument with a friend and I couldn’t stop giggling.

      • GeorgeDubya
        October 20, 2012 at 7:49 am — Reply

        It’s useful. It is actually derived from actual words, so it can be used in normal conversation with only minimal weird looks… Except of course from people who know where you got it, and they just smile.

  3. Russ Catt
    October 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    I think my favourite corrupted words are douchetastic and clusterfail.

  4. Eli
    October 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm — Reply

    “Shabadooie” from Kamen Rider Wizard!

  5. dantemarx
    October 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    “Runcible”. By Edward Lear, the poet. No one knows his meaning, and he may not have either.

  6. Rob
    October 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    Drokk! That’s a funting hard question, you’ve stirred up a real skev storm. Frakk it, I’m just going to go with Grud.

  7. B.V.K.
    October 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    In the place of any large number I am unsure of I just substitute eleventy. As in “I am so hungry I could eat like elventy billion chicken nuggets right now.”

  8. Slappy
    October 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm — Reply

    Agga Dagga
    Breakfast Club

  9. October 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm — Reply

    notate

  10. October 20, 2012 at 12:28 am — Reply

    I used to use “blorg” more often, substituting it for any word just about (such as “I can’t find my blorgging pencil!” and “Hand me that blorg over there”). Sometimes it was simply used as an exclamation (“Blorg! It is great to see you!”).

    It might be biased, but I’m quite fond of my friend’s use of the term “Down Ali”. It started out as the go-to phrase a close friend of mine used whenever I was being flirty, but now it has taken on a whole new meaning and can be used to describe if something or someone (though usually just females) is cute, flirty, silly or even a bit “naughty” (Such as “She’s a Down Ali”, “I saw that movie and it was very Down Ali” or “That exotic dancer has some Down Ali moves”).

    • October 20, 2012 at 12:38 am — Reply

      Oh! Almost forgot, I use a lot of Mandalorian words and phrases. My partner even surprised me by learning how to pronounce the Mandalorian marriage vows correctlly (much better than I can, even!).

    • October 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm — Reply

      And apparently I use “Jeebus” a lot. Thank you, Homer Simpson.

  11. October 20, 2012 at 9:02 am — Reply

    “Smeg” has been a work-safe swear substitute since I was 12 and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, no matter how bad attempts to revive its source may get.

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