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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
1980-1985
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.