Nonword of the Week: Windhale

Windhale: the action of opening your mouth to take a breath, only to be slapped in the face with a sudden gust of wind.

Example: The “severe cross-winds” sign was no joke, Chelsea soon discovered, as she found herself windhaling great gulps of chilly air.

Related nonwords: over-breezy, airhater

Let’s just say my first trip across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge minus the protection of a car left me a bit wind-blown…

Windblown Puppy

Have a unique nonword of your own? Leave a comment!
Not sure what a nonword is? Check out my first nonword of the week.

Disclaimer: I do not condone idle word-mangling. Please mangle your words with care. Should not be attempted by the faint of heart or those with reading disorders. Side-effects include peculiar looks, disapproving frowns, essay markdowns, and utter confusion.

6 thoughts on “Nonword of the Week: Windhale

  1. Hi Blitzgirl,

    I hope that you are entering all of your “non-words” into the Urban Dictionary, which is by far the best source for US slang, rare or whacky word usage. Users at (including me of course), a wordlist translation dictionary, have become more and more dependent on Urban Dictionary, Linguee and others as the number of words “fit for use in a (print | kids) dictionary” has somewhat diminished. With 800,000 entries already done…

      • Please do. And congrats for you having been able to catch up — I skipped so many posts of Time to stay in time, i.e. I don’t know what I’ve been missing, which led to a kind of withdrawal symptom. I hope you are better off. Cheers!

  2. Are you familiar with Douglas Adams’ excellent The Meaning of Liff? If so I think you should found a small settlement and name it Windhale: it sounds authentic!

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