As a professional organizer, I encounter situations which I’m starting to believe are fairly universal. Yet, when I try to discuss them, I frequently can’t access the perfect term… because it doesn’t exist! With that in mind, I’ve decided to give the English language some help by creating the following words:
Words That Should Be In the Dictionary
cordle \kȯr′-dǝl\ n : the tangle of cords that hangs off the back of a desk
mystercord \mis′-tǝr-kȯrd\ n : a cord which cannot be matched to an electronic device
guiltage \gil′-tig\ n : item(s) a person keeps out of guilt, rather preference or need
tupperspace \tǝp′-ǝr-spās\ n : the place where plastic lids and bowls go, resulting in mismatched storage containers
dysclearia \dis-klir′-ē-ǝ\ n : the inability to keep surfaces clear
legony \le′-gǝ-nē\ n : excruciating pain or agony associated stepping on a Lego®
babyquation \bā′-bē-kwā-zhǝn\ n : the mathematical function describing the inverse relationship between the size of a child and the amount of stuff needed to take care of him
megamesser \me′-gǝ-mes-sǝr\ n : person who can make a mess at the speed of light
teenemonium \tēn-ǝ-mō′-nē-ǝm\ n : the state of a teen’s room or bathroom
misstash \mis′-stash\ v : to stash items in a hidden place before guests arrive and then forget where they’ve been placed
freeluctance \frē-lǝk′-tǝn(t)s\ n : the reluctance to get rid of no longer wanted items because they were obtained free of charge
orgaversion \ȯrg-ǝ-vǝr′-zhǝn \ n : the tendency to avoid getting organized
Do any of these words sound like a situation in your life? What words would you add?
42 thoughts on “Words We Need”
This is hilarious! I can relate with so many of these words – they should definitely be added to the dictionary!
I’m glad you liked them! A little laughter is what its all about, right Melanie?
Umm… I think I have dysclearia. Not sure if it’s good to know that and have a word for it, or just depressing. =)
I say “name it, claim it” Sarah… this was all in good fun!
Hahaha Seana! I love mystercord and tupperspace…OH yes tupperspace! I swear, I’ve a cabinet full of lids and containers that DON’T match…go figure, lol! I would add disappin – the ability for bobby pins to get up and magically walk out of your house. I mean, I buy a pack every month, but they seem to disappear all the time. The craziest thing…I’m the ONLY female in the house! Lol! Thanks for making me laugh today Seana! Take care my friend! 🙂
“Disappin” – I love it! My daughter said she would add “disaclip”… similar situation!! Have a great day, Michell. This was all about putting a smile on everyone’s face:)
We had the worst tupperspace ever until my husband finally cleaned it out last week. It was scaring me! I suffer from orgaversion, clearly.
And Des is the biggest megamesser on the east coast!
I think your husband and I would get along quite nicely — way to clear out the tupperspace. The great things about most megamessers, especially the pint-sized ones, is that they are so adorable we don’t mind, right Tamara?
This is absolutely hilarious! I can really associate with several! LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week!
Thanks for reading, Stacey. I’m glad it put a smile on your face – I was laughing while I was writing it!!
This is hilarious! I had to Tweet this!
By all means, Sandy! Glad you enjoyed it.. I was laughing while writing it:)
First of all, I think I might love you and you might be the missing link in my life. After I read your “About Me” page, I almost cried tears of relief that there might be help. I suffer from dysclearia, misstash and orgaversion. Please tell me there is a cure for all of those. This post was hilarious. So happy you stopped by my place so that I met you! 🙂
Oh AnnMarie… your comment is making MY day:) There is a cure for all organizational challenges! Come back any time (and if you seriously want more tips, follow me on FB cause I post lots of free, easy ideas there…) So glad we connected!
I think Webster should get right on those. I totally agree, hilarious.
Thanks, Jill. I had so much fun writing this!
Love this list! My favorite and Oh, So Familiar is “mystercord.” Own them, encounter them, don’t know what to do with them.
Thanks, Linda. Don’t think there is anyone out there who doesn’t have mystercords anymore… I say “pitch them”… you can always get a new cord if you need one:)
YES! If they added the awful word selfie, they can surely add those, which make a lot more sense to me…
So true, Amber! I didn’t even realize “selfie” had been officially added. These are certainly more a part of MY daily life:) Thanks for your comment!!
Haha. I love these words. 🙂
Thanks Susannah! I had so much fun writing it. I’m sure there are a whole bunch more we could come up with:)
Hilarious but so true!! 🙂 It’s cool that you came up with these words Seana!
Thanks Rea! I had so much fun coming up with these words.. So many of us can identify with these and so many other common issues. Sometimes it is best to just laugh:)
As a writer of words and a master of helping writers reach success, I think your added words should be addressed with Mr. Dictionary immediately to be included. LOL!! I enjoyed every single one of them!
That’s quite a compliment coming from you, Vicki! I adore words, so I had immense fun compiling this list:) My family thought I was crazy, crafting new terms at every turn. The beautiful power of words!!
Haha, love misstash. That was me and Ethan last Saturday before people arrived for dinner, haha.
I love when one of my words resonates, Jessica! So fun to find habits and situations we all share… glad you got a giggle:)
Orgaversion is so me…and my daughter (especially when it comes to her room…LOL) She wanted to organize the pantry the other day, but her room looks like a tornado hit it. I’m working on my issues though, and slowly going through the house and organizing.
I’m assuming the daughter is a teenager? There is a “gray period” with teens and their rooms… but if she wants to organize ANY space, gold star for her! Little by little is the best way. I’ve so enjoyed seeing people identify with these words 🙂
OMG I can’t breathe, laughing so hard…this is great. I am so printing this out, I know hubby will laugh.
I was laughing as I wrote this, Karen. So funny to see the common tendencies and situations we share:)
I’ve had orgaversion my whole life and never knew what to call it! If only there were a pill to cure it! I guess it’s back to hard work and determination!
So funny Seana! You have to think of a word for someone who won’t donate unless it’s to a very good cause. Like they have to thoroughly research where the items are going to first!
So funny, Autumn. That sure is a type, right? An Obsessive Compulsive Donator (OCDonator)??
Pulling out my “Thesaurus of new words we need”, I came across two other words for Cordle. They are Snaglecord and Orgycord.
Thanks for the laugh!
So glad you enjoyed it. I had fun putting it together. Snaglecord and Orgycord are terrific!!
I can so relate to so many of these words as well. They apply to so many of my clients. Thanks for the chuckle!
Glad you enjoyed it, Pam. I knew this group would really be able to appreciate some of these – very fun to put together:)
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Thanks, Cat! It was fun to put together.