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Ever Heard of Sniglets?


Back in the 1980's a comedian named Rich Hall regularly featured what he called sniglets as part of his routine. He said a sniglet is "any word that doesn't appear in the dictionary, but should." He created some of his own and solicited more from his fans. These he assembled into books that are still available on amazon.com

There was even a Sniglets game put out by Milton Bradley which is still available on both Amazon and eBay:

Sniglets Game

I have none of the books, but I've had a collection of sniglets in my files for over a decade. Here are the ones I have:

Accordionated - adj. Being able to drive and refold a road map at the same time.

Aeroma - n. The odor emanating from an exercise room after an aerobics workout.

Aquadextrous - adj. Possessing the ability to turn the bathtub faucet on and off with your toes.

Arachnidiot - n. A person, who, having wandered into an "invisible" spider web, begins gyrating and flailing about wildly.

Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at 3 in the morning and cannot be cast out.

Begathon - n. A multi-day event on public television, used to raise money so you won't have to watch commercials.

Bovilexia - n. The uncontrollable urge to lean out the car window and yell "Moo!" every time you pass a cow.

Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

Burgacide - n. What you call the desperate action of a hamburger leaping to its death through the holes in the Bar-B-Q grill.

Carperpetuation - n. The act, when vacuuming, of running over a string at least a dozen times, reaching over and picking it up, examining it, then putting it back down to give the vacuum one more chance.

Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

Charp (charp) - n. The green, mutant potato chip found in every bag.

Combiloops - n. The two or three unsuccessful passes before finally opening a combination locker.

Crummox (noun): The amount of cereal leftover in the box that is too little to eat and too much to throw away

Darf - n. The least attractive side of a Christmas tree that ends up facing the wall.

Deodorend - n. The last 1/2 inch of stick deodorant that won't turn up out of the tube, and thus cannot be used without inducing lacerations.

Doork - n. A person who always pushes on a door marked "pull" or vice versa.

Elbonics - n. The actions of two people maneuvering for one armrest in a movie theater or auditorium.

Ellacelleration: The mistaken belief that repeatedly pressing the elevator button will make it go faster

Eufirstics - n. Two people waiting on the phone for the other to hang up first.

Flarpswitch - n. The one light switch in every house with no function whatsoever.

Floles - n. The extra (fourth and fifth) holes in notebook paper. Created in the hopes that one day mankind will perfect a "five ring binder".

Furbling - v. Having to wander through a maze of ropes at an airport or bank even when you are the only person in line.

Genderplex - n. The predicament of a person in a restaurant who is unable to determine his or her designated restroom (e.g. turtles and tortoises).

Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

Grisknob - n. The end of a chicken drumstick which always gives the appearance of having more chicken on it.

Hystioblogination (his' te o blahg in ay' shun) - n. The act of trying to identify a gift by holding it to your ear and shaking it.

Idiolocator n.- The symbol on a mall or amusement park map representing "You Are Here"

Kedophobia - n. The fear of having one's sneakers eaten by the teeth on the escalator.

Laminites - n. Those strange people who show up in the photo section of brand-new wallets.

Lub - n. The small deposit of spinach that lodges itself between one's teeth.

Mustgo - n. Any item of food that has been sitting in the refrigerator so long it has become a science project.

Negatile - n. An area of the bathroom floor where, somehow, the scale registers you five pounds lighter.

Nerb n. a noun used as a verb. For example: They didn't language the proclamation very well. nerb, nerbing, nerbed v. the act of using nouns as verbs in a sentence. (This one impacts us all!)

Oopzama - n. Sudden scratching of scalp or face upon realization that the person you were waving at isn't who you thought it was.

Optortionist - n. The kid in school who can turn his eyelids inside out.

Premail - n. Mail that is placed behind the visor in the car and left for several months before it is finally sent.

Prestofrigeration: The peculiar habit, when searching for a snack, of constantly returning to the refrigerator in hopes that something new will have materialized.

Rignition - n. The embarrassing action of trying to start one's car with the engine already running.

Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

Sinkmint: A glob of hardened toothpaste in the bathroom sink.

Slurm - n. The slime that accumulates on the underside of a soap bar when it sits in the dish too long.

Squigger - n. A cherry tomato that explodes upon contact with a fork.

Tidnab - n. The opposite of a bandit; one who surreptitiously leaves items, as a neighbor who leaves some of his bumper crop of summer squash on your doorstep.

Tilecomet (n): the piece of toliet paper that clings to the bottom of your shoe after you've left a public restroom

Uclipse - n. The dangerous arc into another lane made by drivers just before executing a turn.

Umbrace - n. The small strap that holds an umbrella in place.

Vegiludes - n. Individual peas or kernels of corn that you end up chasing all over the plate with your fork.

Waftic - adj. Describes any person in whose direction campfire or barbeque smoke always blows.

Yardribbons - n. The unmowed patches of grass discovered after one has put away the mower.

Zipcuffed - v. To be trapped in one's trousers by a faulty zipper.


Do you have a favorite sniglet you'd like to add in the comments?


"A fool cares more about things than he does people." — Drew Conley


Backronym - n. an IT term whose letters once had no meaning, but have since come to stand for something-or-other.

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7 Comments on “Ever Heard of Sniglets?”

  1. #1 LeAnne Solt
    on Apr 2nd, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Our family has recently started using “chirky” to describe someone who is perkily chipper. I believe it originated with my grandmother.

  2. #2 Sue
    on Apr 2nd, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Loved these! Particularly Carperpetuation and Oopzama… I may or may not have experience with those. =)

  3. #3 Maggie
    on Apr 2nd, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for this! I think of Rich Hall every time I find “toastules” stuck to the butter.

  4. #4 Steve Coon
    on Apr 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Some of the best and most used sniglets come (unintentionally) from our grandkids. For example, we now regularly use “hanitizer” for disinfectant hand gel. And when their daily quota of video game time is used up, there’s always “tomario,” (from Mario Bros.)

  5. #5 Nancy
    on Apr 3rd, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    One of my grands was a bit put out with her sibling who had given her the “bron-cooties.” It’s a regular word at our house now that sounds so much more worthy of sympathy than plain old bronchitis.

  6. #6 Becky
    on Apr 6th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Frigid winter days? “Brrrr” is what most people said. Me? I said the days were ‘brigid”. This winter saw many BRIGID weeks!

  7. #7 David Bonikowsky
    on Apr 8th, 2014 at 6:06 am

    bahahaha… this was one of my favorites in a while. I loved burgacide and zipcuffed…