#WednesdayWords – Made-up words

Hello, everyone. Welcome to another segment of Wednesday Words.

We have all heard and used made-up words before, and because of my oldest granddaughter, that is what I want to talk about today.

Can you guess the longest made-up word? Here’s what I found:


Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is an invented term that was coined by Everett M. Smith, the president of the National Puzzlers’ League. The Oxford English Dictionary lists pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis as “a factitious word alleged to mean a lung disease caused by inhalation of very fine silica dust usually found in volcanos. So, from that perspective, it’s both factual and fictitious. Sounds like a lot of our stories, doesn’t it?

Surprised? I seriously thought it would be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, but Mr. Smith’s word has it beat.

Why am I talking about made-up words? Because my oldest granddaughter uses a made-up word in daily conversation. Her word is confuzzled. When I asked what it meant to her, she said it was when you were both confused and puzzled. 🙂

Here’s Sydney’s confuzzled look:

What about you? Do you use made-up words? What are they? I’d love to hear them!

40 thoughts on “#WednesdayWords – Made-up words

  1. You have brought a new challenge to my “wee brain.” As soon as I finished reading your blog, my brain went into its creativity mode. My word is short and easy: “conprothouts” meaning indecisive thoughts.

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  2. I love the word confuzzled and I so relate as I’m often that way. As far as the longest word, I’m not even going to attempt to pronounce it. And I thought the medical term, hysterosalpingo-oophorectomy was long. (At least I could say it.) 🙂

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  3. I love confuzzled. If enough of us use it, it may end up in the dictionary. I may have a character use it in one of my books. I know its been around for a while now, but I like hangry (so hungry you’re angry). Your granddaughter is adorable. I hope she makes up more words.

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    1. Lol, Darlene. I suppose that’s how new words make it into the dictionary. A few years ago, a tweet was something a bird did, and I’d never heard of an emoji. 🙂 Words are so fascinating. I am familiar with hangry. That’s a good example. Thank you for joining in the conversation.

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  4. The best one I ever heard was ‘flusterated.’ It is a combo of flustered, frustrated, and exasperated. I first heard it used by a guy in Kansas City describing his feelings about having me as his new boss. Fun post , Jan.

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    1. That is so true, Pete. My Sydney does have a huge imagination. 🙂 I love couple inside jokes. Rick and I had some that no one else understood. I’m sure you and your wife do, too. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Oooo… I love your granddaughter’s made-up word. When I’m frustrated, I create all kinds of words no one understands. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your week, Jan!

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  6. Sidney is so funny. And smart. The one I’m constantly hearing these days is “anyhoo.” They use it in place of anyhow. Have a good day, Sister and don’t get confuzzled. ha! 🙂

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