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Funny Names, Funny Words

:: steely who? the original band names, lists some of the names that Becker and Fagen considered for a band name, before settling on Steely Dan. As if! My favorites are Thunderhurl and Hard Donut. This is most likely another brilliant parody by Walter Becker, who writes the most colourful parody and satire pieces for his band’s web site.

:: Allison (friend at work) told me about The Word Spy: “This Web site is devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases. These aren’t “stunt words” or “sniglets,” but new terms that have appeared multiple times in newspapers, magazines, books, Web sites, and other recorded sources.” The full list is here, along with the Top 100, as measured by page views. Some words and phrases, like metrosexual, jump the shark, google, NIMBY, flashmob, and blog (duh), you will or may recognize.

Among those I’d not seen before, these are some of my favorites:

  • wrap rage: n. Extreme anger caused by product packaging that is difficult to open or manipulate. Also: wrapping rage.
  • time porn: n. Television shows and other media that portray characters as having excessive amounts of spare time.
  • butt call: n. An unintended phone call placed by sitting on one’s cell phone.
  • batmobiling: pp. Putting up emotional defenses when a relationship becomes too intimate.
  • cankle: n. A thick ankle, particularly one that appears to be a continuation of the calf
  • himbo: n. A man who is good-looking, but unintelligent or superficial. (NOTE: This one reminds me of LOMBARD, from the William Gibson novel, Pattern Recognition, which means: lots of money, but a real dickhead.)
  • yestersol: n. One Mars day ago.
  • quarterlife crisis: n. Feelings of confusion, anxiety, and self-doubt experienced by some people in their twenties, especially after completing their education

:: Regarding my previous post about our provincial leader plagiarizing sources on a term paper, Keith, speaking from experiences as a teacher working overseas, offers a few thoughts on the subject of web theft.

2 Responses to “Funny Names, Funny Words”

  1. jenny Says:

    haha alot of those words above are good for our band name!!! life rocks man

  2. Tyler Says:

    Good post. I came across this while doing a Google search for Funny Words as I am compiling my own list at

    Any you can use?

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