Designing Words

What word describes the feeling you get when you look back on bad design decisions you’ve made in the past? You think: “Did I really think it was okay to use a photoshop filter on top of fully saturated cyan verdana type?”

Moments of insight are always a little suspicious. Maybe this is because I grew up in the Bible Belt and heard stories about dramatic revelations almost incessantly. But there was a moment in my second year of college when I saw the light and realized that everything is designed. This is probably one of the biggest eye-openers I took away from architecture school that literally changed the way I perceive things. And not just the objects that surround us that are explicitly designed, but also ideas and language around those ideas are cleverly and critically constructed. Which is really a long way to say: I like to make up words.

Verbotomy is a place for people who also like to make up words. It’s a daily competition to create a word for some gap in language. For instance: What do you call folks who Googles themselves? What should you call congratulating a woman on her pregnancy only to realize she isn’t pregnant? Anyone can submit words and anyone can vote for their favorites.  I do this almost every day and I enjoy doing it. Maybe you will enjoy it too?

I pray you will.


5 Comments Designing Words

  1. Richard May 4, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    I lol’d at the hamster…im sure everyone at work thinks i skipped out on my meds today. Definetly a site ill be checking out in the future.

  2. saer May 4, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Oh my goodness..I think I love you – I am always making up words and have yet met anyone who shared my passion.

  3. Roo May 4, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    The best. The best! Simply, the best.

  4. José Luis May 4, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    I’m good at this game after a couple of beers, does it counts?

  5. no1uno May 6, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    The best one I have heard lately is disemvowel. Someone used it mistakenly in a tirade against crappy commentors at Gizmodo – they disemvoweled the commentors’ comments.

    I love it. Reminds me of bands like MGMT and MSTRKRFT or thumb texting abbreviations but its a great word to describe striking out in a literary sense against written attacks.

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