My husband woke up sick this morning and said “I feel craptastic.” I laughed because I love made up words, but he told me that it was in the dictionary. “Check the sources before you go blogging about it,” he said. “I heard it on a sports podcast.”

I really, really wanted craptastic to be in the dictionary. Alas, it only sort of is. It’s not in the official dictionary. It’s in Merriam Webster’s Open Dictionary where anyone can submit a word and definition.

craptastic (adjective) : the opposite of fantastic, expressing how phenomenally bad something is.
That movie was craptastic.
Submitted by: Dydnelem from Kentucky Dec. 12, 2005 10:31

It’s aslo on Wiktionary, and other online wikis and open dictionaries, but no official ones that I can see. Still it’s a fun word, like fantabulous or babalicious.

One of my favorite made up words is ‘formember.’ It’s not even in the unofficial dictionary but I still like it.

Formember (verb): to have memory of something that you wish to happen that has not yet happened.
“Formember when you did the dishes for me? That’s one of my favorite formemories.”

It reminds me of the children’s book “Frindle” by Andrew Clements, where a kid is determined to make his own made-up word an official word in the dictionary. A fun read for kids! (Okay. I read it to myself.)

Craptastic, fantabulous, formember.
What are your favorite made up words?


    • Lisa

    • October 8, 2009

    • 6:44 pm

    Gurts: It’s when you feel embarrassed for another person. Like when they are giving a talk and really embarrassing themselves, but they don’t know it. You squirm in your seat because you are gurtsing for them.

    Invented by Jared Allen. We use it alot in church.

  1. “And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
    He chortled in his joy.”
    –Lewis Caroll, Jaberwocky, 1872

    Quoting Lewis Carroll allows me to fulfill my “completely obvious” and “pretentious” quota of the day. A frabjous day indeed!

    • Liesl

    • October 9, 2009

    • 3:15 am

    I love Lewis Caroll, but I’ve never heard “frabjous.” It has resonance. Liking it.

    And Lisa, Gurts sounds just like what it is. I sometimes gurts for myself.

  2. I heard recently that ginormous is now in the dictionary. I don’t know if it is true.

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