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    Posted by Mitch Townsend on May 2nd, 2005 (All posts by )

    A Chicago Boyz exclusive – don’t look for these in a regular dictionary any time soon.

    condestruction (n.) a. the act of assembling related things or ideas into a coherent whole; b. the process of interpreting a text without reference to the reader’s ideology. antonym: deconstruction. synonym: dedemolition.

    fauxlex (n.) a watch sold by a sidewalk vendor.

    fer (v.t.) to fail to grasp an implication or hint.

    irrationalize (v.i.) a. to offer a nonsensical excuse; b. to justify by means of babble and non-sequiturs. cf. hummina hummina.

    lumpentelligentsia (n. col.) an educated and intellectual elite, chiefly employed in the food service industry.

    kabbala-la-la (n.) an esoteric theosophy of rabbinical origin as practiced in Los Angeles.

    misleadership (n.) the process of directing the efforts of others by means of duplicity and treachery; the art of selling someone down the river under the pretext of a boat ride.

    nere (adj.) neither here nor there.

    penultimatum (n.) a. a semi-final demand backed by an insincere threat of force; specifically: b. the most severe type of resolution issued by United Nations.

    thinwa (n.) an order or command to lose weight, usually issued by a physician or spouse.


    4 Responses to “Vocabulary”

    1. David Foster Says:

      lots of members of the lumpenintelligentsia employed in bookstores, too….

    2. Lex Says:

      Mitch, you now need to write a short novel employing these words, plus others, of your own invention. If you cannot find a paying publisher, feel free to post it as a 50 part series on here.

    3. Richard Heddleson Says:

      I thought condestruction was waht they care calling the reorganization at the Department of State.

    4. Financial Rounds Says:

      Sniglets (From VoluntaryXchange)

      David Tuft of VoluntaryXchange is taking a trip down memory lane (courtesy of Chicago Boyz) – sniglets. Let’s not forget my favorite one from back then:

      xpresshole (n.) : someone who goes through the express lane at the supermarket with far more t…