A Decade of Wordplay

It's been a full 10 years since we started WPMI as a fun way for wordplay fans to share some of their favorites. In honor of the anniversary – we've compiled the top 10 for the past 10 years (all 100 words!) right here.  Enjoy!

2019 – coming soon

2018

Word  Definition Name
Calmity Serenly moving towards total disaster Tom Lloyd
Tspunami A long, high, and cataclysmic wave of water caused by the washing of an eating utensil under a faucet Glenn Heath
Tunesia Inability to remember a melody you once knew Evan Zucker
Lyeperbole Lying with great exaggeration Galen Cortina
Puber Taxi ride service for young adolescents Michael Koplen
Deafinitely Said vehemently when he didn't hear a thing Vali Jamal PhD
Pregret Knowing you'll later wish you hadn't Mia Debidin
Retweat Retwact in 140 letters or less Doug Langmead
Recadavism Repeated relapse into choosing the wrong man Anne DelCampo
Herbibore Someone who can't stop talking about their vegan diet Shari Rosenbloom

2017

Word  Definition Name
Neurapathy You've lost feeling in your extremities and just don't care. David Topel
Destingy When life doesn't give you what you want. Steph Sala
Realastic A flexible view of reality Mia Debidin
Perflunctory Taking a test you know you will fail Ronald C Hamm
Typochondriac A person who is abnormally anxious about their spelling. Ryan Mottershaw
Serendipiteous Something that was supposed to go pleasantly went terribly sour Vali Jamal
Entertrain Letting the iPad raise your kids. Erik Rye
Damnesia You can't remember what the h*** happened. Chris Branks
Girthright Survival of the fattest Doug Langmead
Goofle When you make a typo when performing an internet search and accidentally google the wrong thing Reilly Selmser

2016

Word Definition Name
Spinister A very evil, very old, unmarried woman Howard Brody
Momeries The warm and fuzzy feeling a mother gets looking back at her kids early years Katharine Lang
Posthumorus Dead funny Doug Langmead
Asshaole An obnoxious tourist in Hawaii Ron Joyal
Baroquen Damaged 17th century antiques Caroline Zobac
Abracus An instrument used to calculate the size of a woman's breasts Anne DelCampo
Mediochre Yellow pigment that just isn't trying hard enough Matthew B. Winkel
Omnimpotent Unable to do anything whatsoever Michale Rofkar
Vociferrous Knife-edge strident Vali Jamal
Satisfiction Belief in the myth that that candy bar you are eating will satisy your nutritional needs until your next meal. Todd Bricker

2015

Word Definition Name
Carnil Celibacy Anne DelCampo
Cornicate to cock an ear Tom Bracken
Invorce The email received from a former spouse demanding an alimony payment of a certain amount by a certain date. Dan Greenberg
Poltergist The ghost of an idea Doug Langmead
Audity Something that sounds odd and has financial implications Tony Dal Molin
Damnesia Cursed forgetfulness James Marshal Broder
subterfume These e-cigarettes Vali Jamal
carioki singing along to the radio during a drive – often with the wrong words Dave Easby
Umpure An umpire who actually follows the rules David Spharler
Bathroam wandering aimlessly in search of a toilet Bruce Dillon

2014

Word Definition Name
meanderthal A lazy ancestor known for wandering around doing nothing while others hunted and gathered Jim Shamp
boath solemn promise made by two people Pablo Dominguez
carmudgeon a person who treats their automobile with more care than they treat people Emma Schaeffer
Striangulation Smothered by Geometry David Spharler
romains The tiny little leaves in the middle of a head of lettuce that no one wants to eat Kris Wolff
drauma Drama borne of trauma Kelsey Ishimoto
mysterectomy an act which takes the joy out of a situation by over-analyzing or unnecessarily trying to “debunk”it. r. ecarg
Fournication Melange a quatre Keith Lawrence
Dispenchant Taking a spell by leaning the other way Doug Langmead
Luxurinate Go tee tee in a really nice restroom Karen Twait

2013

Word
Definition
Submitted By
Niagra (n): a new drug for men; it’s a diuretic David Rose
Ergotica Thereforeplay Doug Langmead
calumni People who lie about having been graduated by University of California – Berkeley David Spharler
predundant on the cusp of repeating yourself Don Laybourne
vortical a spinning jump Jeff Jackson
Hetour The unnecessarily long and meandering route taken by a male driver after refusing to ask for directions. Scott Pollak
stragedy A plan with calamitous results Alissa T.
Sarcaustic Sarcastic to the point of causing severe burns Jeremy Fornier-Hanlon
doury dad’s countenance when he finds out what daughter’s wedding is going to cost Bar Lowenberg
unimpreachable insermontable Doug Langmead

2012

Word
Definition
Submitted By
Stinkle What you do after eating asparagus Cheryl Jacques
Leadersh*t The result of promoting a person with no management skills to a management position, especially if that person is your idiot cousin Kevin Sutherland
travelsty a dreadful occurrence while on vacation Stuart Hagmann
emaelstrom A swirling state of affairs in one’s inbox that relentlessly sucks one deeper and deeper into email, with no regard for time and space Brendan Walsh
chloroform The shape of green, according to synesthetes Alex Bond
vagilante a woman who takes the law into her own hands James Kipling
tauntology n., an insult repeated many times in different forms. Derek Rogers
placego A false sense of self-esteem developed through years of earning “Participant” ribbons in competitions Frank Rytkonen
Turbotox noun. An enhancer that will allow you to smooth out the wrinkles in your tax return Claire Dunnington
Baggravation When you are carrying a paper grocery bag and one of the handles rips off Gary Goodman

2011

Word
Definition
Submitted By
asculate (v.)  The act of conducting niceties in order to gain the favor of a person in a perceived position of authority (i.e., butt-kissing) Roxanne Pearson
eblaborate The act of babbling on incessantly in an attempt to provide excessive amounts of information, often useless minutiae, about a particular topic. Phyllis Sakole
footbull What sports announcers say to fill air time See also: basebull, basketbull Wayne Hoit
Twired Really fatigued yet jacked up. Mary C. Ford
carcolepsy the chronic inability to stay awake while riding in a car Lynn DuPree
Elephont Really BIG type Gayle Knutson
Epiphony the dramatic realization that the person you are with is not who they seem to be Kim Robinson
omnimpotent all powerless Derek Rogers
afflicionado a hypochondriac Dave Ufford
vignorant Being vigorously stupid. Bill Neurohr

2010

Word
Definition
Submitted By
Presidental A wide grin emanating from the Oval Office Gayle Knutson
ussues Issues shared or inherited by virtue of being in a commited relationship. Michael Bertani
placebow clip-on tie Timothy Cree
Analize To make something crappy by studying it too much. Wayne Hoit
homogenius my very smart gay friend Rick Starr
caranoid paranoid but correct Chloe O'Connor
bicicle ice that goes both ways Emily Hempel
pollutico politics polluted by industrial dominance resulting in global imbalances stephan Tychon
adnoying Causing annoyance to internet users with the bombardment of pop-up advertisements. Deborah Rowland
Nogotiation A losing-losing policy-making strategy often employed by elected officials most recently and most noticeably during health care reform or equally as recently, but less noticeably by me unsuccessfully with my spouse (to be read as partner). Name Withheld by Request

 

 

 

 

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