Wednesday, April 28


When the evil BACK button on your browser has you in its clutches!!!There needs to be a word for that annoyingness that happens when you're on a webpage, and you hit the Back button on your browser and you end up... on the same page.

I really dislike that, because it's bad enough that you're waiting that interminably long 2 seconds for the page to refresh and then you realize you haven't gotten anywhere.

What would be a good way to describe that? "Back Button Hell"? "Browsertrap"?

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There used to be this awesome sketch comedy show on HBO in the 80's called "Not Necessarily The News" -- they had this feature with Rich Hall called "Sniglets" where he introduced a new made-up word that just made perfect sense.

Why does no one ever want the end piece?  It tastes like every other piece!  It's bread discrimination!!! i.e. one of my favorite Sniglets: Smokey Pokey... when cars slow down because they see a cop on the side of the road.

Or, like this morning, I opened up the bag on a new loaf of bread, and immediately skipped over the first piece, and thought to myself, "I wonder who's gonna get stuck eating the endloafers." <-- yes, another Sniglet from the show, one I still use to this day.

Here are some of Rich Hall's originals:

Aquadextrous (ak-wa-deks-trus) adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub tap on and off with your toes.

Yum, so appetizingCheedle (chee-dul) n. The orange residue left on your fingers when you eat cheese puffs.

Elbonics (el-bon-iks) n. The actions of two people maneuvering for one armrest in a movie theater.

Lactomangulation (lak-to-man-gyu-lay-shun) n. Manhandling the "open here" spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the 'illegal' side.

Clean little buggers!Peppier (pep-yay) n. The waiter at a fancy restaurant whose sole purpose seems to be walking around asking diners if they want fresh ground pepper.

Phonesia (fo-knee-zhuh) n. The affliction of dialing a phone number and forgetting whom you were calling just as they answer.

Sloovers (slew-vuhrz n. pl. Remnants of soap too small to use, but too big to throw away.

Telecrastination (tel-e-kras-tuh-nay-shun) n. The act of always letting the phone ring at least twice before you pick it up, even when you're only six inches away.

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Got any Sniglets of your own that you remember from the show, heard somewhere, or invented yourself? Feel free to share!

1 comment:

  1. I used to LOVE Sniglets! Is Rich Little still alive and making these? I'd love to see some updated for the 21st Century. How about a word for all the extraneous ellipses that people under the age of 27 seem to add to all of their online or mobile correspondence ...