Posted by R. Berg on April 02, 2006
In Reply to: A snappy word or phrase to describe these posted by David FG on April 02, 2006
: : : I'm tickled by the humorous use of new meanings for old words.
: : : Examples include:
: : : ? Rapscallion: Funky spring onion
: : : ? Disconsolate: A particular embassy
: : : I haven't been able to learn of a snappy word or phrase to describe these. Does anyone have any ideas?
: : They're called "daffynitions".
: Popularised by a tremendous British radio programme ('I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue') there is now a book of these: 'The Uxbridge English Dictionary'.
I've earned trivial amounts of money making these up and selling them to a publisher of puzzle magazines. ~rb