The Double Tongued Word Wrester (an online dictionary of neologisms; LiveJournal syndication here) has really been on a roll lately.

Part of Speech: n.
“’Bullgeschichte’ is the methodological tool best exemplified by wikipediasts and dilettantes. The method entails taking a little bit of information, usually gained from a scant reading or scanning of a popular magazine like Time or People or Biblical Archaeology Review and then imagining that one is armed with the latest and most relevant information on the subject. Armed with that information, the practitioner of Bullgeschichte then writes a note or a posting to a discussion list or a weblog and insists in spite of any evidence to the contrary that they are alone right and no one else can be.”

The credited author is Dr. Jim West, whose time in U.S. Grant’s Secret Service was obviously put to good use.

Even better, if less useful, is the citation for

Part of Speech: n.
“Surgical originally made a name for itself by creating extra-long instruments to operate on morbidly obese people. These include a device called the endoclaw–or kebab skewer as it is known in the trade. Surgeons use it to skewer fat.”

“Endoclaw” has got to be the name of a supervillain in some comic book universe–if not now, then soon, so he (?) can appear in Spider-Man 4 or the next season of Heroes.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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2 Responses to Neologismatastic!

  1. Hahahaha, that’s exactly what I thought of Endoclaw!!

    Maybe you can use it in a story … before I do.

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