Make Up Words - Columbusing

Make Up Words

Many times in my life, the extensive list of existing words wasn’t sufficient. To accurately express myself, I needed to make shit up.

When To Make Up Words

There are three levels of proficiency in creating new expressive terms:

  1. Lowest Level: Converting an existing term to an as-yet unaccepted form of the word. “I was fibering with my friends.”
  2. Medium Level: Combining portions of terms into an amalgamated version to get the exact correct meaning. “I found her twee behavior to be absolutely adorifying.”
  3. High Level: Creating words from whole cloth that are so clear in their meaning that they should have been words already. “The pathetic bloaf just sat around and knit all day!”

Mostly, I find myself at “Medium Level” when it comes to this skillset.  Even my example for “High Level” wasn’t a very good one. It sounds more like a combination of words. I have heard people come up with completely original words that just made me feel exactly what they meant.

I’m not that good at it.

My latest knit-design was an attempt at making up a word. Primordial Sworl was really meant to combine “swirl” and “whorl” into a word that evoked the shape of water running down a tub drain right near the end.  Turns out “sworl” is really already just a “chiefly dialectal variant of swirl” based on Merriam-Webster.

But I still like it and I think it goes well with primordial and won’t be something many people will have named their designs on Ravelry.


Do  you have any words you’ve made up that you’re particularly proud of?

Current Knitting

The new project I’m working on will be a long, rectangular wrap. As noted, it will be called the Primordial Sworl Shawl.

Primordial Soup Shawl 10-13-20 03

So far, I’m enjoying the stitch pattern. I’ve finished three repeats of it. I’m using two different yarns.

Primordial Soup Shawl Yarns Ainsling Bumblebee and Dragonfly Djinni Firecracker

Both are fingering weight. The top one is by Aisling Yarns in a color they call Midnight Bayou (#604). The bottom yarn is Djinni Sock by Dragonfly Fibers in colorway Firecracker.

I plan on doing a few of these, testing out different yarn combinations. Eventually, this one will be a VERY generously sized scarf. Or more accurately, I long, rectangular wrap that will allow the owner to sworl themselves in it.

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