Back in the 1980’s, sniglets were very popular. A sniglet is defined as “a word that should be in the dictionary, but isn’t.” Often sniglets are combinations of two words (i.e. “gerbage” is the stuff at the bottom of the baby food jar), or a slight twist on a “normal” word. Here are a couple of sniglets that came to mind today:
Povert (pǒv´ẽrt) – combination of poverty + pervert
A person who gets in financial trouble because his priorites are totally screwed up. For example, a man who spends $2,000 on golf clubs, but who won’t make sure his wife has a decent dishwasher. The best example of a povert I know of is a fellow who paid for his girlfriend’s plastic surgery with his credit card. By the time the credit card bill came due, she had dumped him. I first heard this word from James Jordan in the 1980’s.
De-vangelist – A person who agressively attempts to get you to see the light and convert to atheism. They are certain that no news is good news. Unlike Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, who knock on your door, these fellows usually appear on the Internet. (I had hoped this word was my invention, but a Google search revealed that someone beat me to it. Dang!!!)