It’s week 8 in my Project 20/20 Build my Blogroll contest and yes, it’s still hard for me to choose from all the great writing blogs out there.
I came across this week’s pick a couple of weeks ago when I was editing a feature this writer wrote for us on how online dating is similar to editor/ writer relationships (to come in our February 08 issue).
As I mentioned before, I like to get an idea about the freelancers who contribute to us. That’s when I found this charming fellow’s blog, my week 8 add:
Wordlustitude by Mark Peters.
I don’t really even know what to call what Mark does on his blog, which takes a screwball look at modern English usage. I suppose you could say he’s building a sort-of dictionary for fringe elements (note: I include myself as a fringe element).
Maybe you could call Mark a loopy linguist? A loony lexicologist? At any rate, check it out, he’s hilarious (note to the sensitive among us: I wouldn’t exactly call this a G-rated site).
Here’s one recent post:
noun. This describes you if black cats and other evil portents give you the heebie-jeebies, the creeps, an ulcer, and the wiggins. Boooooooo!
Related term: stitious.
Real citation: “My mom’s not just superstitious, she’s megastitious. She’s emailed my sister and I this chain mail today. My sister has multiple email accounts so mom emails it to her many mnay times…so she gets enough people in so she doesn’t end up having bad luck forever, or whatever. Anyway, I thought this one was very funny and had to share.”
(Sept. 3, 2007, Post Punk Kitchen, http://www.postpunkkitchen.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=682545)
Made-up citation: “Despite my atheistic ways, I can be megastitious. If you gave me thirteen cupcakes made of gold and rainbows, I think I’d run the other way.”
Mark, I welcome you to my vicious (blog) circle.
Check out wordlustitude, a daily laugh for word nerds everywhere. And I’d like to encourage you all to leave your made-up words here in my comments—I have a feeling that will get Mark’s attention.
P.S. There is some risque subject matter in this blog, so please be advised!