I Just Neologized

July 19, 2007 at 2:30am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

The Missus and I were chatting just now about a recently-married friend:

THE MISSUS: Do you think Mia is pregnant?
ME: Pregnant? Why do you think she’s pregnant?
THE MISSUS: Well, I had predicted they would get pregnant on their honeymoon. After all, all their friends have kids or are pregnant.
ME: And what, pregnancy is friend-genetic?
THE MISSUS: “Friend-genetic”?
ME: You know, inherited from your friends…

We talked a bit more and we decided “friend-genetic” was a useful word, but it was too long. We shortened it to friendetic. I hereby offer the following definition:

friendetic, adjective—of or relating to traits or behaviors acquired from or shared with one or more friends.

There you have it, a new word to add to your vocabulary. I can’t wait to see it at dictionary.com!

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foxspit July 19, 2007 at 3:30am

Sounds like a prospect for Stephen Colbert to marshal through like he did for “truthiness.”

Fletch July 19, 2007 at 4:37am

Or a Sniglet. I loved Sniglets.

foxspit July 19, 2007 at 12:43pm

I was just thinking of Sniglets this morning, hadn’t thought of that in a long time! I could remember it was Rich Hall who did that, but I couldn’t remember what he called them. A blast from the past.

Karin July 19, 2007 at 3:47pm

I have a feeling friends and family are having this conversation about me. (Actually, I know some of them are.)

For the record, no, I’m not pregnant, and no, I won’t be pregnant. (knock on wood)

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