Words rejected by the Oxford English Dictionary uncovered
Ever heard of wurfing, polkadodge and furgling? These are some of the millions of 'non-words' which failed to make it to the Oxford dictionary. Read on and learn some non-words.books Updated: Aug 06, 2010 19:15 IST
'Wurfing' means surfing the internet at work, while 'polkadodge' describes the strange dance two passing people do when they try to avoid each other but move in the same direction, and 'furgling' means the act of fumbling in your pocket for keys or loose change.
These words were submitted for use in the Oxford Dictionary but will only be included once they become a part of everyday usage.
A 22-year old graphic designer uncovered hundreds of such words lying in the Oxford University Press vault. He told the website, "I was fascinated when I read that the Oxford University Press has a vault where all their failed words, which didn't make the dictionary, are kept."
Other notable words are "dringle", which is the watermark left by a glass of liquid, and "earworm", a catchy tune that frequently gets stuck in your head.
Asphinxiation – being sick to death of unanswerable puzzles or riddles
Blogish – a variety of English that uses a large number of initialisms, frequently used on blogs
Earworm – a catchy tune that frequently gets stuck in your head
Espacular – something especially spectacular
Fumb – your large toe
Lexpionage – the sleuthing of words and phrases
Nonversation – a worthless conversation, wherein nothing is explained or otherwise elaborated upon
Oninate – to overwhelm with post-dining breath
Stealth-geek – someone who hides their nerdy interests while maintaining a normal outward appearance
Vidiot – someone who is inept at the act of programming video recording equipment
Wibble – the trembling of the lower lip just shy of actually crying
Wurfing – the act of surfing the Internet while at work
Wikism – a piece of information that claims to be true but is wildly inaccurate
First Published: Aug 06, 2010 18:50 IST