Nonword of the Week: Moveclusion

Moveclusion: that moment when you realize you have unpacked all the boxes and everything is finally in its proper place; the end of a relocation.

Example: It took a couple of weeks for Chelsea’s new adventure to come to its moveclusion – next up: finding a job.

Related nonwords: packaholic, boxidemic, rejourney

Kitten on Box Fort

All done moving – I think that everything is where it’s supposed to be.  I’m all out of boxes to unpack, anyway.  I’m pretty impressed that I found room for all of the stuff I brought without filling the new apartment to the brim.  I mean, I still have room for books on my bookshelf!

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Nonword of the Week: Boxidemic

Boxidemic: a superabundance of boxes, storage containers, etc. in a particular area.

Example: The family room often experienced a boxidemic when Christmas decorating time came around.

Related nonwords: clutterish, cardbored, overtape

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There is a nonstop boxidemic raging in our basement, but it has recently spread to the main living areas. Containers full of ornaments and holiday doodads have been toted up temporarily to be unpacked, creating an impromptu obstacle course.

I should also note that there is a boxidemic in the garage right now and it is my fault – but it is temporary too (I promise!) and will clear up when I get a new apartment where I can stash it all.

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Nonword of the Week: Packaholic

Packaholic: a person that enjoys placing belongings into travel bags, esp. someone given to overpacking a suitcase in order to be prepared for every foreseeable clothing scenario.

Example: The average traveler brings three outfits per weekend; the packaholic brings six, which can be combined and rearranged to form a further twenty-one.

Related nonwords: lootcase, desocked

I admit, I can be a packaholic at times. I think it might be related to my tendency to hoard things (it might come in handy someday!) or maybe it’s because of my occasional bouts of super-organization (shirts are currently arranged by color).  If I’m going on a long trip, I will make lists of everything I need to pack, and I might spend half a day gathering up everything I think I could possibly need. BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW.

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50 Shades of Hay (Yellows)

I’ve done a list of shades of gray, but how about some shades of hay?  I had so much fun compiling the names of fifty different grays that I decided to repeat myself, this time with yellows.  Not only is yellow usually a happier color, but “50 Shades of Hay” is a common name for satire of E.L. James’s bestseller Fifty Shades of GreyThere is even a twitter account dedicated solely to showcasing pictures of hay.  If they can do hay, I can deliver some mellow yellows for you.

50 Shades of Hay
(or, fifty different names for yellow) 

The Obvious:
1. Yellow

Miscellaneous:
2. Taxicab
3. Raincoat
4. Earwax

Minerals:
5. Sulfur
6. Brass
7. Topaz
8. Citrine
9. Gold

Foods:
10. Lemon
11. Apricot
12. Banana
13. Cheddar
14. Butter
15. Custard
16. Honey
17. Vanilla
18. Cream
19. Butterscotch
20. Egg Yolk
21. Mustard
22. Cornmeal
23. Maize
24. Saffron
25. Macaroni and Cheese

Nature-Inspired:
26. Sunshine
27. Sand
28. Amber
29. Ochre
30. Desert

Hair Color:
31. Blonde
32. Tow

Animal-Inspired:
33. Canary
34. Bumblebee
35. Goldfinch
36. Duckling Yellow

Flower-Inspired:
37. Dandelion
38. Daffodil
39. Sunflower
40. Goldenrod
41. Jonquil
42. Buttercup
43. Marigold

School-Related:
44. Highlighter Yellow
45. School Bus
46. No. 2 Pencil

Crop-Related:
47. Flaxen
48. Wheat
49. Straw
50. Hay

I heartily welcome any other hay-hue suggestions in the comments.

50 Shades of Gray (Literally)

Rather than reading the Twilight fan fiction-derived, erotica-laden bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, why not check out this literal list of fifty shades of gray?  I have not read the book, but since the last names of the main characters are Grey and Steele, I thoroughly expect author E.L. James to continue the naming trend for the rest of the trilogy.  Perhaps a rival love interest named Timberwolf?

50 Shades of Gray
(or at least fifty different names for it) 

The Obvious:
1. Gray (Grey)
2. Steel
3. Twilight

Miscellaneous:
4. Argent
5. Shadow

Metals:
6. Metallic Gray
7. Silver
8. Iron
9. Platinum
10. Mercury
11. Magnet Gray
12. Stirling
13. Pewter
14. Leaden
15. Quicksilver
16. Industrial Gray

Rocks:
17. Slate
18. Cement
19. Stone
20. Masonry
21. Boulder Gray
22. Granite
23. Tombstone
24. Pebble Gray
25. Concrete
26. Flint
27. Limestone

Hair Color:
28. Hoary
29. Grizzled

Animal-Inspired:
30. Timberwolf
31. Gray Goose
32. Dolphin
33. Pigeon Gray
34. Gray Squirrel
35. Rhinoceros
36. Dove Gray
37. Koala
38. Mouse Gray

Plant-Related:
39. Gray Moss
40. Rose Gray
41. Silver Cedar

Weather:
42. Dusky Gray
43. Cloud
44. Thunderstorm
45. Misty
46. Rime Gray

Fire-Related:
47. Cinder Gray
48. Ash
49. Smoke
50. Charcoal

I heartily welcome any other gray suggestions in the comments.

5 Short Lists Relevant to Tonight’s Baseball Game

Excitement surrounding baseball, most to least:
  1. Playing Baseball Games
  2. Attending Baseball Games
  3. Watching Baseball Games in the Movies
  4. Watching Baseball Games on TV
Demeaning fan activities, least to most:
  1. Watching the game
  2. Eating a hot dog
  3. Clapping
  4. Chanting
  5. Singing
  6. Doing the wave
  7. Trying to start the wave and failing miserably
Noteworthiness of balls hit into the outfield, least to most:
  1. Ball caught by outfielder
  2. Ball not caught by outfielder
  3. Ball caught by fans behind the wall
  4. Ball caught by outfielder who jumps against the wall
  5. Ball not caught by outfielder who runs headlong into the wall
Difficulty of things vendors carry, least to most:
  1. Raffle tickets (why?)
  2. A stick with bags of popcorn tied to it
  3. Fan merchandise
  4. A box of food
  5. A box of spillable drinks
  6. Fan merchandise and a box of spillable drinks
  7. All of the above – at the same time
Coolness of Chase Field amenities, least to most:
  1. Air conditioning (when roof is closed)
  2. Multiple Cold Stone Creamery locations
  3. Swimming pool in right-center field

In other words, it was a great night.  Even though the Diamondbacks lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-5, the number of hits and runs made for a lot of baseball action.  And I had a good time hanging out with my visiting cousin and his family. :)

ABCs of Reality TV Competition

Think you’re cut out to compete on a reality show but not sure if you have the skills?  Check out this list and find your perfect match!

A – Automotive Transformation: Ultimate Car Build-Off
B – Ballroom Dancing: Dancing With the Stars
C – Comedy: Last Comic Standing
D – Dating: The Bachelor
E – Evading Capture: Mantracker
F – Firebuilding: Survivor
G – Garment-making: Project Runway
H – Hairstyling: Shear Genius
I – Interior Design: HGTV Design Star
J – Jousting: Full Metal Jousting
K – Kitchen Management: Kitchen Nightmares
L – Losing Weight: The Biggest Loser
M – Movie Makeup: Face Off
N – Neighbor Renovations: Trading Spaces
O – Obstacle Course: Wipeout
P – Plane-hopping: The Amazing Race
Q – Questionable Food: Fear Factor
R – Random Trivia: Jeopardy
S – Shooting: Top Shot
T – Tattooing: Ink Master
U – Ultimate Fighting: The Ultimate Fighter
V – Vocalizing: American Idol
W – Wrestling: Tough Enough
X – eXtreme Couponing: Extreme Couponing
Y – Youth Pageants: Toddlers and Tiaras
Z – Zany Roommates: Big Brother

If for some reason you believe that going on a reality TV show is a monumentally stupid idea misuse of your time, then you can always just watch the poor saps competitors in their regularly scheduled timeslots.