2023 Submissions

Welcome to the 2023 Submissions Page.  Words are listed in chronological order, the most recent at the top.  Anyone can enter, using the Submit Words link.

To qualify for publication and our annual Top 10 list, a one-letter change to a word that you can find in a dictionary has to be cleverly redefined i.e. by virtue of being amusing, alliterative,  uplifting or a definition that displays imaginative wit.  There is also a category for words that aren’t strictly compliant with the one-letter change but meet the rest of the criteria.  Some of the words that we get are more contrived than clever and don’t get published.

New for 2023 is a monthly “Top 10”.  Anyone is welcome to nominate  their favourite words in a month, up to 10 maximum.  Votes will be collated and the Top 10  will be announced at the end of the first week of the following month.

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New WordOriginal WordDefinition - Clever is Better !Contributor
WupbraidUpbraidOld-time Cowboy term meaning "to scold vehemently".Rod Noles
SmelfieSelfieWhen you check your pits for BO.Mark Fischer
CondominimumCondominiumA prophylactic for midgetsKatherine Hayes
Do PointDew PointThe time in a woman’s life when she has to run to the hairdresserKatherine Hayes
XerophobiaXenophobiaFear of photocopying machinesKatherine Hayes
Prophet MarginProfit MarginA group of 2 to 12 disciplesKatherine Hayes
HispanicHispanicA man’s inability to deal with stress;Katherine Hayes
MasterbateMasturbateTo jump around at Augusta National Golf Course while playing with ballsKatherine Hayes
CringenuityCringe + ingenuityNoun: an aptitude for embarrassing oneself in an innovative or clever mannerAmanda Emily Coutts
TedievalMedievalYouTube progam with speeches about the Middle AgesRod Noles
AdhearesAdheresPlastic surgery to add a third ear to improve one's hearing.Rod Noles
VermineVerminConfession to your child's teacher your kid was the first to have liceRod Noles
WindigoIndigoTo follow the breezeRod Noles
WindibagoWindigoTo follow the breeze in a caravanDoug Langmead
FatitudeLatitudeInsouciance regard beiing 20 pounds overweightRod Noles
ArugelachRugelachA pastry made with leafy plants instead of cream cheese.Wayne Price
TriradeTiradeThe electrifying consequences of adding a third rail to a reitiradeDoug Langmead
HagaciousSagaciousAlthough intelligent, sadly slovenly and unkempt.Carole Marantz
ArbaneArcaneMysterious annoyanceCarole Marantz
LuftwaiffeLuftwaffe1] An orphan airforce
2] Gun-toting, bomb-laden, flying layered biscuits stuffed with paratroopers
Doug Langmead & Gillian Winter
SimpolisticSimplisticPolitical poll which ask two questions. Are you planning to vote? Will you vote for our candidate?Rod Noles
JimpairImpairTwin brothers both having the name JamesRod Noles
HempiricalEmpiricalRelying on new experience without regard for anything near the truth after smoking weedRod Noles
MeritocrazyMeritocracyOrganisation where people are promoted based on the basis of how crazy they act.Rod Noles
BadjudicationAdjudicationA formal pronouncement that is both immoral and unethical.Carole Marantz
PraisleyPaisleyCompliment with swirly and colorful wordsRod Noles
PunrequitedUnrequitedRejection by WPMI, sadly (Must try harder - Ed.)Carole Marantz
MobligeOblige"Wise Guys" insist that members must oblige all requests!!Carole Marantz
PepitomeEpitomeEmbodiment of intense energy and well beingCarole Marantz
SynorgySynergyIntimate collaboration resulting in pleasure greater than the sum of its tartsGary Albrecht
CatermeringueCatermaranRenovated sailboat , with commercial kitchen, specializing in light, airy dessertsTom Madden
RectumfyRectifyDeciding to consume probioticsTom Madden
RectumfryRectumfyUnderdone chitlins.Tom Madden
StaylStayA worn-out welcomeDoug Langmead
ProtangonistProtagonist/AntagonistA person you both revere and hate equally.Shannon
OucherOcherWord you repeat three times when faced with surprising pain. Orange you glad to learn this word.Rod Noles
Sue GenerisSui GenerisUnique lawsuitRod Noles
ParvenutParvenuNew political party with exteme views, and issuesRod Noles
CountureCoutureIntern whose only job is to count number of models on the fashion runwayRod Noles
ObfuseObtuseInappropriate explosive remarkRod Noles
ThemuThemeA Continuity Chicken that has grown with experience and now has oversightDoug Langmead
HenchantPenchantEffect of handsome rooster who parades through barnyard surrounded by clucking gal chIckens.Carole Marantz
HimmutableImmutableDespite the efforts of the women in his life, guy unwilling or likely to change his difficult ways.Carole Marantz
MansuedueMansuetudeWhen the curmudgeon of the neighborhood sues the cool dude next street overRod Noles
Maide-MemoireAide-MemoireHouse keeper who also helps one remember things.Rod Noles
EstamintetEstaminetFrench Bistro where everything on menu is served with mints.Rod Noles
ChefClefChef who places G above middle C in alphabet soupRod Noles
KiterKilterOut of kilter and feeling soarDoug Langmead
BisquitBiscuitWhen you quit your job during a breakfast meeting.Rod Noles
PrickeryTrickeryWhen a friend plays a mean-spirited prank resulting in an argument with your wifeRod Noles
HercurialMercurialGal's frequent changing moods.Carole Marantz
CharlatunCharlatanA heavy load of "charlotte russe".Carole Marantz
AfflickAfflictKiss assRod Noles
FaustingFastingA deal with the devil whereby you can have anything you desire but nothing to eat.Doug Langmead
FlipperyFripperyWhen you smile and give someone the middle finger at the same timeRod Noles
MisconduckMisconductMallard Duck with poor social skillsRod Noles
FunketJunketJoy and delight at being rewarded a free trip anywhere.Carole Marantz
SintrinsicIntrinsicOne"s essential evil being.Carole Marantz
AhaoleHaoleA Hawaiian word for an ill-mannered tourist from the mainland.Wayne Price
Cleverage LeverageTo skillfully prevent corporate buzzwords from infiltrating marketing copy: "You really cleveraged that ROI white paper"Brett Chalmers
LoquatiousLoquaciousA person who endlessly talks about exotic fruit.Wendy Gittleson
BabyrinthLabyrinthThe indecipherable mind of a newborn.Wendy Gittleson
IncandyscentIncandescentSweet-smelling lightbulbs.Wendy Gittleson
MisconduckMisconductMallard Duck with poor social skillsRod Noles
OrigumiOrigamiThe art of making decorative shapes and objects by folding flypaperWayne Price

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