Neologisms by Jonathan Caws-Elwitt

An amateur magician.

Used to describe discourse that is heavy in repetition. “I just couldn’t finish that self-help book—it was too belabor-intensive.”

A friendship module wherein an individual who has at some point in the past received an entertaining or interesting link from a comrade unwittingly sends the exact same link to that very person.

The process, intentional or otherwise, of shifting events around when relating an anecdote, so as to create a more impressive appearance of serendipity.

Corp-help book
One of those little tomes offering a “self-help” style approach to the challenges faced by corporate executives.

Dyscursive writing
The invisible typing one does when the cursor hasn’t properly engaged with the text box.

A collective term for the items and details that characterize an inauthentic “Victorian” decor—as seen, for example, in certain small inns.

An expletive or oath that is expressed as an incomplete thought, such as “Well, of all the ...!” or “What the ...?”

To engage in a Skype conversation that consists entirely of a discussion of one or more technical problems occurring in the Skype conversation.

Describes a person, for example, whose name is Bob but who looks more like a Harvey. “His given name is Bob, but he’s nymophilic to Harvey,” one would say. NB the construction takes an indirect object.

Schoolbus groupies
The cars that stack up behind the bus along a country road.

Generic Star Trek style science fiction that comes as close as it can to ST without infringing any copyrights.

Snowman’s Land
A small stretch of sidewalk between two businesses that neither is responsible for shoveling.

Suburban regions characterized by endless, pedestrian-unfriendly stretches of strip-mall development.

The condition of every clock in the house displaying a slightly different time.

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