Glossary, Almost Two Decades into the Millennium

Today’s post comes from Barbara in Rivertown.

Ever wonder, Baboons, what a “vlog” is, or how long the word “selfie” has been around? Here’s an article with 50 words that have been added to the dictionary since the beginning of this millennium, compiled by “Stacker” in this article .

Of course, they haven’t included anything from our own Glossary of Accepted Terms, but then, we haven’t added anything to our G.O.A.T for 2½ years now. Here’s what I’ve compiled since the last time .

Accordion calendar – a schedule with a too-concentrated number of days, followed by a more spacious number of days.“ Mostly I’ve fine with what I signed up for, except when too many things are required close together – it seems to occur sort of like an accordion playing.” Barbara in Rivertown   August 27, 2019 at 4:31 pm

Adiophra – insignificant things that one allows to make one’s life one of stress and worry.  “My main worry is that my flight from Bismarck isn’t delayed and I make my connecting flight in Minneapolis. My worries are adiophra.”  reneeinnd says: March 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Akrasia – Weakness of the will, by which we do that which we really want to do in  the full knowledge that we should be doing something else. [I lost track of the origin of this one – anyone remember whose it is?]

Arrghify – to increase the intensity of, as in: “You should teach them all how to POWERIFY that!  Actualizify! Collaboratify! incentivisify!”      xdfben September 25, 2018 at 10:45 pm

[Arrghify belongs in our dictionary   NorthShorer September 25, 2018 at 11:14 pm ]

Cliffy – a piece of arcane knowledge, a la Cliff on the TV Series Cheers, as here: “Nice Cliffy.”   Linda March 3, 2019 at 9:05 pm …. in response to: Blue Mound State park in Luverne, MN has one of the most genetically pure bison herds in the country.”  reneeinnd   March 3, 2019 at 11:20 am

Farcher – a cross between a farmer and rancher, as in: “I used to spend the first week of November with my farcher friend, Larry.”   July 3, 2019 at 10:19 am   Minnesota Steve

Geezer chute – I think your observations about what is being made are correct – not that you are spiraling down the geezer chute… verily sherrilee   September 26, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Marie Kondo – verb transitive:  to make things disappear, as in: “Can we Marie Kondo the heck out of this snow? It no longer brings me joy…”  ANNA, March 2, 2019 at 11:44 am   

Opposite equivalent – an alternative alternative (?) “Perhaps the opposite equivalent (I just invented that phrase!) is going outside every night before bed and standing for a few minutes.”    xdfben    January 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Tsundoku — A Japanese word for the guilt-pile of books you’ve bought but haven’t yet read.     PlainJane    May 1, 2018 at 1:06 pm


What new word would you like to see added to the world-wide dictionary? OR, what word would you like to never hear again?

41 thoughts on “Glossary, Almost Two Decades into the Millennium”

  1. Nice work Renee.

    As you all know I struggle with this issue. On one hand I seriously understand that language is dynamic and that vocabulary grows over time. On the other hand I still remember being drilled in the parts of speech and grammar when I was a kid in school. The words “incentivize” and “orientate” drive me up a wall. I try really hard to take it in stride and say this is normal and this is good but it’s hard for someone who recognizes when the subjunctive isn’t being used.

    And if it were possible to have a third hand, I love all of our baboon words.

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    1. I don’t know if this is a permanent state of affairs, or if it’s a temporary pre-coffee condition, but I can’t wrap my head around the subjunctive. Weaponizing words is a despicable thing to do.

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  2. I have a question: if words in our glossary are real (though obscure) words that can be found in a conventional dictionary and mean pretty much what we say they do, as in “adiophora” and “akrasia”, words with no special or alternative Baboon significance, do they belong in the glossary? Unlike the other glossary words, they are not manufactured (at least not by us) have no double meaning and carry no particular witticism.

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      1. Well, I disagree about the de-babooning. I think we’re allowed to claim some well out-of-use words as our own. Since nobody else seems to be using them.


        1. Lol… you should have seen what voice recognition and autocorrect tried to do to “de-babooning”


        2. Unless we’re trying to build some sort of lexicological empire, I can’t think why we should be stockpiling obscure words that have no special relevance to Baboons or the Trail.


        3. Bill, how about ‘just because’?
          I do a lot of things just because it amuses me. 🙂 This seems to be the same difference in my book.

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    1. Agreed, Bill – has gotten a tad unwieldy. I’d like some time to create a “Concise Babooners’ Dictionary” that would have only our own creations in it, like “erstwife”. We may have actually voted on that one.


  3. No particular words irk me other than the fillers that seem to have replaced a thoughtful pause or “um.: You know the ones: you know, absolutely, like, like you know, so, well, well so yeah, yeah well so, um yeah well so, um like well yeah you know so, he’s like so you know, and she goes like well you know . . . ad nauseum. FIve minutes of non-stop conversation and no one has said ANYTHING of substance!

    Actually, using “goes” instead of “said” really annoys me. Almost as much as using “seen” instead of “saw.” I’m afraid people can hear my teeth grind every time someone drops that little gem into a conversation.

    Chris in Owatonna

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    1. My dad spent years of his life getting all hepped up about “get” and “got”. He thought they were lazy words and that there were always better words that could be used instead. I caved on this fairly early because it wasn’t worth the effort. But my middle sister Sally couldn’t let it go. At one point she started to use the word “obtain” every single time she would have used get or got whether it was appropriate or not. There just wasn’t any way my dad could fight that.

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  4. A good example. Even if we didn’t really come up with them originally I bet we’re the only group using them on a regular basis. I say erstwife and wasband stay.

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    1. Just because wasband and erstwife have also been manufactured elsewhere doesn’t prove they weren’t spontaneously invented on the Trail. When the Baboons were looking for a counterpart to wasband, Renee’s husband Chris suggested erstwife. I took that for a concoction of his own. Was it not?

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      1. I suppose it’s possible that Chris concocted it on his own, but I know for a fact that someone else had used it, and it had found its way into the Urban Dictionary, prior to that.


  5. At least wasband and erstwife have an element of wit about them and they aren’t cribbed from a conventional dictionary. Tsundoku is imported for our use from Japanese because there is no english equivalent and it’s an apt import for the Baboonish sphere.


    1. I have to add, though, that unlike wasband and erstwife, tsundoku is not likely to come up much, if ever again. It was defined when it appeared. Does it need a permanent glossary spot?


  6. I don’t feel strongly about this, but I question why we would bother putting words in our baboon glossary if we could simply google them and find the exact same definition and usage? Would I go through the trouble of taking words out of the glossary that have already found their way in there, I don’t think so.


    1. Because they’re part of a “guide” about baboonism. It’s doubtful that anything in there will have the exact same definition and usage as a standard dictionary.

      Most of why I do these is, for me, the entertainment value of the conversation that was going on when the word emerged, and it’s fun to revisit. That said, it’s now a lot to plow through to get to the actual baboonish.


  7. This fall Kelly and I were driving around one day. We were listening to one of the Vikings preseason games on the radio. The announcer said “Lets analyze this…” more times than I could count and it drove me bonkers.
    And just like that, the word ‘analyze was tainted.

    Regarding the Baboon Glossary, it’s just for fun. I have learned words on here that I wouldn’t have heard elsewhere.

    I do enjoy the daily ‘Word of the day’ emails that I get. I have to do better at actually incorporating them into my daily usage though.
    Crenelations! There, I’ve done one.

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        1. I don’t see this as a tool to be used by people to be able to speak Babel knees I see it as a window to the soul that provides insight into the baboon sect those words that are not uniquely ours but are interesting Tyann‘s to our community that offer insight as to who what where why and how we peacefully coexist on the planet

          in reality this document is never going to be read by anyone outside the Babin community but it may be historically interesting to visualize it in a time capsule to be found by future space travelers to gain insight into how these people on planet earth existed in such a cold hostile place for so many generations until climate change and abuse of natural resources snuffed it out

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  8. OT: I’ll be heading out soon to a folk dance workshop at Tapestry, so won’t probably see the rest of the day’s comments. Then Saturday I pick up my sister at MSP, et al, and travel back here for her 5-day visit – I will be on the Trail sporadically, at best. Happy end of October, Baboons.


  9. off to decorah for frisbee daughter

    pj is that where you mentioned the old hotel you enjoyed
    there’s one there that appears to fit that description and i’m having vague recollections of you mentioning something down that direction


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