Find And Replace like Reply To All can be a blessing and (more often) a curse. Perhaps a similar thing was the reason Shakespeare created so many new words in the English language. Perhaps it had more to do with bad spelling than dramatic flair?
Jenn, from That’s a Jenn Story, invited me and anyone else who’d like to have a go to decipher her Found and Replaced words, discover a new meaning for each and then apply them in an example.
Come on, head on over and give it a bash! http://thatsajennstory.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/saturday-snippets-4/
|exodthem||exodus||(vulgar) ex-sod-emAn expletive used to express irritation at a group of people.||If they can take a joke exsodem all!|
|bettheyen||between||(noun) beth-ey-enBased on the Hebrew for house meaning a 1950s type wife and homemaker who always has a cold beer for her man, warms his slippers etc.||A good bettheyen never questions her husband’s actions. She knows he is the master of the house and she has no right to question him.|
|conclthemion||conclusion||(collective noun) Con-cla-th-em-e-onA term describing small children’s inate ability to sense when their mother is on the loo and annoy the hell out of her one by one and then en masse.||I was locked in the loo happily reading Vanity Fair when my kids formed a conclthemion one at each window and one at the door going “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!”|
|constitthemion||constitution?||(noun) cons-tit-hem-ionThat awkward moment when the hottest man in the world comes over to talk to you and you sit and gulp like a goldfish before stuttering out some platitude wondering where the hell your brain, personality and pride just went.||Johnny Depp came over to say hello to me. I think I swallowed my tongue. I was utterly useless. It was a total constitthemion.|
|ththem||thus||(Collective pronoun) th-th-emUsed to deflect blame from oneself to an imaginary group of others||It wasn’t me. I promise. It was… it was… ththem! You now the slimy green slugtapusses that live in the fish pond? Ththem.|
|theyre (without the apostrophe)||were||(noun) the-ireA term referring to a type of parental rage likely to end in the tears of one or other party||Mom went completely theyre and made my brothers get out of the car and walk home!|
|theme (when it wasn’t meant to say theme) and, my personal favourite:||use||Th-ee-meBased on the classic Little Shop of Horrors, a term heard often by the mothers of small boys with boundless appetite and wearing retainers.||Theme! Theme! I’m starving! I haven’t eaten in forever!|
|themurp||usurp||(noun) th-em-urpThe sound made by a sleeping man drooling happily in to the pillow while snoring like a steam engine when receiving an elbow in the ribs by an irate and sleep deprived wife.||“Themurp! Wassat! S’a’burglar?”|