Tuesday, January 06, 2009

My neologisms

Occurs to me maybe I should make some kind of a "sticky" post, to make question-answering easy. I'll just update it as I add words.

Here are some words or abbreviations I've invented.

emerg*** — a lot of people think Phil invented this. That makes perfect sense: Phil's all over the emerg* movement, has written about it, has given talks on it, has lampooned it in PoMotivator posters. Heck, I'd think he made it up, if I hadn't made it up myself. The truth is, Phil's too smart to have invented it. I fabricated it, because I kept seeing Those Folks faulting people for saying "emergent" when they should have said "emerging," and vice-versa. Since to me the difference is largely historical and academic, I just came up with this convenient shorthand. Hardcore geeks will observe that I strictly should have said either emerg*, or emerg???. They'd be right, of course. Oh well, too late. [UPDATE: Stefan Ewing has made a credible claim to be the originator, and the earliest use I can find is his. Yet I have a really distinct memory of making it up. So either I haven't found my earliest use, or didn't notice his use and made it up independently later, or saw his and forgot seeing it. So... this is suspect as a DJPical neologism.]

HSATHaving Said All That. I was using the phrase enough that a acronym seemed called for.

nomicophobia — irrational fear of any kind of law; knee-jerk dodge-reaction to anyone to mentions a commandment of God that you don't want to obey. Refusal to do anything unless it's on your terms. See further here.

obama — An empty thing onto which people project their own ideas, thoughts, fears and/or aspirations. See further here.

sarkicophobia — The fear of obeying God or doing anything for the glory of God in the flesh. A sarkicophobe would much rather disobey God outright, or do nothing whatever for His name, than do something "in the flesh." See further here.

Have I missed anything? Remind me, if so, and I'll expand.

15 comments:

NoLongerBlind said...

Keep it up, and you'll soon be a certified neologist!

That'll look good on your resume'!

DJP said...

Ooh; but hopefully not a neologian.

DJP said...

BTW that link points to p. 283, but for some reason you land on p. 284. So... go up!

Mesa Mike said...

At least you didn't invent "aphronism."

CR said...

I've always wondered the emerg*** asterisk thing meant. Now I know.

Susan said...

You also coined DV. (Is IMHO another one? Usually people say IMO, no? What about TIWIARN? Or is that Phil or Frank's invention, patent pending?)

William Dicks said...

I started a similar post at my blog here.

What I do whenever I come up with a new word in a blogpost is to link that word to my w-dictionary, and then add that word, its meaning, the date of first use and the link to where I used it first.

I have found this quite useful.

DJP said...

Susan, thanks, but no, none of those is mine. IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) is old; TIWIARN is (iirc) a Phil Johnson joke. I think Frank did a very forceful post at his blog about how nobody should waste people's time with "This is where I am right now" posts. Within days, Phil had one up titled - yep - "This Is Where I Am Right Now."

And it became a tag.

DV is also an oldie; I may have seen it first in Jay Adams, but Reformed types use the abbreviation for Deo volente to mean "God willing" (James 4:15).

SolaMommy said...

Now you need to add "Franking."

DJP said...

LOL, oh my... how would I define it?

Susan said...

There ya go again, Dan--what is "iirc"?? (BTW, it's fun trying to figure out the Pyro triumvirate's neologisms--it's almost like deciphering some sort of mysterious codes. One doesn't always succeed, however.)

Mesa Mike said...

> what is "iirc"??

I'm torn between, "If I Recall Correctly, " and, "If I Really Cared."

SolaMommy said...

"Franking" = the act of derailing

It's meaning seemed pretty simple in context ;)

Susan said...

(Aside: Wonder what A.W. Pink thought about pinking scissors....)

Susan said...

And thank you, Mesa Mike--that clears it up quite a bit! I think I'm leaning toward "if I remember correctly."