Month: August 2005

Artificial Words

And of course, using the word (and I use the term loosely) ‘ultimaticity’ in that last post brought me into thinking about other not-quite-words that I use. The biggest is of course automagically which I use to describe how computers do things that I don’t feel like explaining. Then there’s the two words from The Simpsons, cromulent and embiggens. Both of these ended up appearing in a spelling and abbreviation lookup tool that I wrote for my job, along with a third word – tuliszt. What’s tuliszt, you ask? Well… we decided it was a Greek herb, looks similar to oregano. The origin is when several coworkers ordered sandwiches for lunch. (To protect them, I won’t use real names, just initials.) They were all talking about how good their sandwiches were and what was in them. They asked J what was in her sandwich and she said there was “too much to list.” Well, H mishead and kept asking “what’s tuliszt?” (It works better if you say it aloud). And thus, tuliszt was born.