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I actually didn’t mean to post this here, and I didn’t know I had until late last night. But thank you for appreciating it!
I don’t know a single word for it, unfortunately. But what came to mind was “Pyrrhic victory”—a victory won with little gain and at tremendous cost. I hope that helped a little?
pronunciation | nO-‘vish-E-us
pronunciation | I-‘rEn-ic (eye-REEN-ik)
I call bullshit. Fuck this blog.
There is no need for that. We can be civil about this, I’m sure.
I don’t generally post things that aren’t “real” words—that don’t have some established history of meaning what I’m using them to mean. I usually do pretty solid check-ups on the backgrounds of words before I post them.
However, I am a human being, and I do make mistakes. As I’ve only just discovered, nelipot isn’t precisely a word. It doesn’t appear in any dictionaries, old or new, and I can’t find citations for a first usage in any text. I didn’t catch this at first and went ahead with the post. This is a Mistake. I admit to having made it. I am very sorry.
But, guys, I advise against using Dictionary.com to decide whether this blog is BS or not. (I also advise against using one post out of 300+ to decide whether this blog is BS or not. Statistics, you know.)
Try finding any of the words on this blog in an English dictionary. Your chances are maybe 60%. Why? This blog’s about strange words, foreign words—many of them aren’t even English. Some of them are so obscure or obsolete that they won’t show up in a modern dictionary. Some of them only appear in full-edition print dictionaries, not online ones.
Indagatrix? Dictionary.com has never heard of it. But it was printed in the Oxford English Dictionary, and don’t tell me you’re going to try and argue with the OED. Resistentialism? Also crap, according to Dictionary.com, but it was coined in 1948 and has since entered into common usage.
Don’t all words start as nonsense? Don’t all words start as sounds that someone assigns to an idea? Words become real words when people hear them and like them and repeat them until other people know what they mean.
I love the word nelipot, and since there is some evidence of usage and its etymology can be solidly traced back to the Greek for “barefoot”, I’m leaving it up. And I hope everyone who enjoys it uses it as often as possible when they talk or write. Not every jumble of sounds deserves to be a word, but when one does— make it a real word if you must.
…aw, you’re right. Nelipot appears on several obscure word lists, but there isn’t any attribution to origin or first usage, and any citations on those lists circle back to each other. Sorry, guys! Looks like nelipot's not technically a word. My mistake. I usually conduct pretty thorough checks on the legitimacy and origin of posts, especially ones that come from submissions, but this one seems to have slipped through the cracks.
However, I’m not going to take the word down, especially in light of a particularly harsh comment about the word. My reply is here, and in summary: language changes. It must grow or it will die. The way language grows is by applying old rules to make new words, and by circulating those new words until they become ‘real’ words.
I love the word nelipot, and it has a solid etymology from the Greek for “barefoot” and some degree of usage in several published books and in various places on the internet. So as of now, I do declare it a word. Go forth and use it!
(I have the sneaking, awful suspicion that by doing that I’ve leaped down into a spiraling pit of subjectivity and linguistic ruin and that people will now get angry at me for presuming to declare the wordliness of words, but I think nelipot has a legitimate claim to being a word, so I’m going to claim literary license here and support its claim.)
Hi, guys. I’m really sorry about the extremely rocky posting schedule this past week! It’s because I’ve been struggling to pick a college to attend in the fall. Life has become a frantic flurry of housing applications and honors applications and scholarship applications, and the howling indecision as you try and figure out where you’re going to be for the next entire four years of your life is, to say the least, stressful.
As you might be able to tell, I am a tiny bit overwhelmed. To round it out, my computer is finally gasping out its last breaths—it now chokes up completely when trying to open image-editing programs, which is not good.
Luckily, all the college stuff will be winding down by next week, and I’m looking into getting a new laptop. A steady queue should be back up by the weekend, so please bear with me for a few more days. Thank you all! You’re lovely.
(Are any of you in college, going to college, in high school preparing to go to college? Where are you going or planning to go, or studying or planning to study?)