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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Definitions for sniglet

  1. any word coined for something that has no specific name.

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Citations for sniglet
Author (and actor-comedian) Rich Hall defines a sniglet as "any word that doesn't appear in a dictionary but should," which makes sniglet itself a sniglet. Richard Lederer, The Miracle of Language, 1991
Sniglets are actually a long-running popular joke in which people make up their own humorous words to describe things or concepts that have no "official" words. Here are just a few examples of the witty words: Anticiparcellate … Waiting until the mailman is several houses down the street before picking up the mail, so as not to appear too anxious. , "Who says you need to be in a dictionary to be a word? 'Sniglets' prove otherwise," The Michigan Journal, March 28, 2006
Origin of sniglet
Sniglet is credited to the U.S. comedian and writer Richard Hall, who popularized the concept on the HBO series Not Necessarily the News in the 1980s.