8/22/2005

Antagatory

Filed under: — Kate @ 4:47 pm EST

Well this past weekend was quite productive if not tiring. My parents really helped me out a lot with getting my new apartment in order. I would take this opportunity to publicly thank them, but they don’t actually know about this blog, so what good would that do? Anyway, the new place is still a long way from complete, but it’s finally becoming more livable. Yay!

On Friday night, I got into a somewhat heated debate with my dad over a current topic in the media (big surprise). It’s a long story, not worth the details, no big deal—we do that a lot. But the next morning, my mom and I were talking, and she was lecturing me about knowing when to give up pursuing an argument with him. I told her “He started it!” and she said “Yes, you’re right, what he said was very antagatory.”

Mom accidentally made up a new word and I quite like it.

An·tag·a·to·ry (an-”tag-&-”tOr-E): adj. indicating opposition or resistance and tending to cause anger, animosity, or indignation. Derived from the words “antagonistic” and “inflammatory.”

I wonder how you go about getting a new word in the dictionary…

9 Responses to “Antagatory”

  1. Kamin Says:

    My boss is the director of the “Vocabulary Standards” department who adds words to the pharmaceuticals dictionary. It’s a start…

  2. Stan Says:

    To add new words to your dictionary you’ll need a pen and a ruler.

  3. Larakin Says:

    Just start using it… it will catch on. Oxford dictionary just added “Podcast”…

  4. Kate Says:

    Yes, I heard about that. They also added “boo,” as in “my boo.” So really, I should be able get any random crap accepted, right?

  5. Stan Says:

    Boo is just because some dumb f-er couldn’t spell/pronounce beau.

  6. Kamin Says:

    What’s “BEEW”, Stan?

  7. Stan Says:

    Maybe I’m a dumb f-er. Isn’t it a French-originating word pronounced bow to rhyme with tow and low? I thought it meant love as in “my beau”=”my love”.

  8. Kate Says:

    Actually, it means “handsome” or “beautiful.” It’s the masculine form of “belle.” It is commonly used in English to refer to one’s boyfriend, but I don’t know if it’s used that way in French. And yes, it’s supposed to rhyme with with tow and low, etc, etc.

  9. Kamin Says:

    Yeah, actually I was just playing into the “dumb f-er” category of people who didn’t know what beau was.

    But thanks for your faith in my non-dumb-f-er-ness, Stan!!! :)

    Hey… speaking of new words..

    Nondumbferness(n): The state of being intelligent.

    Awesomeness!