23 made up words to use right away (your kids probably already do)

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How is your vocabulary? While it may already be robust, saying big words won’t get you far these days. It seems that now more than ever we are hearing new hybrid words and terms that people have created, especially from our children. And since, as parents, our lifelong mission is to figure out how to communicate with our offspring, having a few made up words in your back pocket can prove very helpful. Yes, we have reached the season of life where we have to ask ourselves, “Isn’t that what the kids are saying these days?” But even if you don’t have a teenage or teenager obsessed with TikTok terminology, invented words can be a great fun topic to discuss around the table with younger children.

So with that in mind, keep reading for a whole bunch of made up words you can use to strike up a conversation with your family. Some of these terms that people use in everyday life, but many of them may be entirely new to you. Go ahead and try them out! Next, if you want to expand your ever-expanding vocabulary – and, by proxy, your children’s – even further – take a few minutes to learn cool travel words, descriptive words about nature, or, for foodie families, interesting words. to describe the food.

Common and famous invented words

You have probably heard these words before and you may not realize that they are totally made up. And some of them were so popular when they first came out that they will probably never leave our minds again.

1. Dinglehopper

The dinglehopper was a fork of a sunken ship that Disney’s Ariel and Flounder explored in The little Mermaid. She didn’t know the term fork, so her precious possession was called a dinglehopper. You can use it today for anything whose name you don’t know.

Example: “Suzie, can you come and give me a hand. I have no idea how to run this engine. I played with the dinglehopper and all!

2. Californication

After writing the hit song and album of the same name, Los Angeles band Red Hot Chili Peppers made the word Californication all the rage. But a funny fact is that they didn’t actually invent the word. A combination of California and fornication, the word appeared on a 1966 cover of Time magazine describing “the random and senseless development that has already engulfed much of Southern California.”

Example: “I’ve been watching TMZ so much lately. I am sucked into Californication.

3. Independently

Those who use this word often mean “whatever”. Either way, it’s already a negative, and adding “ir” makes it a meaningless double negative. Also, there is a misconception that people who use the word independently are trying to appear smarter.

Example: “Whatever your opinion, the point is, you are wrong.”

4. Underestimate

George W. Bush accidentally named this word. It basically means mistakenly underestimating. While you can underestimate and underestimate, underestimate is not a “true” word, despite its use.

Example: “Do not underestimate me!”

5. Name

A word made famous by the legendary Cookie Monster, names as a name mean “food.” It is derived from nomnom, which refers to the pleasant eating noises we make while eating something tasty (like cookies!). Name can also be used as a verb.

Example: “Candy! Yum yum yum!” or, verbally, “I named the whole pizza!” “

False phrases that sound cool

These made-up words sound so good that you’ll want to start using them right away.

1. A Crapella

No matter how good you think you sound when rocking in your headphones, let’s face it – it doesn’t always look pretty. A crapella describes this type of listening with headphones.

Example: “What did you say? I couldn’t hear you on my own crapella.

2. Air staircase

Have you ever come down a flight of stairs and suddenly come down heavily on a step that isn’t there? You have just found an aerial staircase.

Example: “I hit the sky stairs so hard I thought I broke my foot.”

3. Blamestorming

Do you know when you catch your kids in a thwarted attempt to do so, and the litany of pointed out explanations begins? Like, “It wouldn’t have happened if [insert sibling’s name] had just done what they were supposed to do! It’s blame.

Example: “They were too busy complaining to find a decent solution.”

4. Carcolepsy

As a parent, you may not be familiar with this term, but you have probably benefited from the phenomenon. It describes a person’s propensity to pass out as soon as the car begins to move. (Do you remember all those walks around the neighborhood when your child was little because he only slept in his car seat?)

Example: “Baby needs a nap, so I’m going to walk around the block a few times and let the carcolepsy do the heavy lifting. “

5. Nerdjacking

Sometimes a person picks up a conversation by introducing an obscure topic (or bringing up a common topic) in excessive and often unnecessary detail. It’s nerdjacking.

Example: “When we talked about the casting of the new Spider-Man movie, Sean started to divert the conversation with facts from the comics.”

6. Dropout companion

Imagine this. You and another person are in two toilet stalls next to each other. You both wait for the other to take the first step. You are stuck in a dead end.

Example: “We sat in complete silence for several minutes before my neighbor got so frustrated she decided to end the stall by leaving the bathroom.”

7. Sweetness

This name means to do what you know is necessary, even if you really don’t want to do it. So, you know, half of parenthood. Welcome to suck it!

Example: “I have to bake three dozen cupcakes for my daughter’s swim competition fundraiser. What shit. “

False phrases that seem clever

Although these are totally made-up words, it looks like they might come out of the mouth of the smartest person in the room.

1. Destiny

You suffer from fate when you forget where you are going or the purpose of the trip when you get there.

Example: “Shit, I have destinesia. I completely forgot why I went downstairs.

2. Epiphinot

Sometimes we have a revelation that changes the course of our lives for the better. And sometimes we have one that turns out to be unnecessary, stupid, or incorrect. It is an epiphinot.

Example: “On Friday I had an amazing idea to make a lot of money which turned out to be an epiphinot when I calculated the numbers on Monday.”

3. Interest

You know when your teenager curls up on the couch or in bed, cocooning in a pile of blankets as he scrolls through TikTok for hours? This blanket cocoon is their interior. To find? Internet + nest.

Example: “Willow, crawl out of your intern – it’s dinner time!”

4. Pretentious

This one hits differently once your child enters the double-digit era. What does it mean? Well, that’s the level of histrionics that only tweens can achieve.

Example: “My pretentious 12 year old just rolled his eyes and said I ruined his life because I bought Life Cinnamon Cereal instead of the regular cereal.”

5. Ringxiety

Have you ever answered your phone to find it was a bird chirping outside or the sound of the TV? Ringxiety is when we confuse the sound of a cell phone with a similar sound. The term can also be used when you don’t hear any sound but still imagine the feeling of your phone vibrating even when it isn’t.

Example: “I still hear my phone vibrate in my purse even if my phone is turned off. Total ringxie.

6. Waiting for text

While ringxiety describes the sensation of imagining your phone ringing or vibrating when it isn’t, textspectation describes another form of digital nervousness: the anticipation you feel while waiting for a response to a text message you sent.

Example: “I texted Maria to ask her if she wanted to change carpool days, and she didn’t answer. The wait for the text is killing me!

Generation Z Words

Wondering what kids are talking about on TikTok? Here are some of the most common terms.

1. Cheugy

Cheugy is an adjective that describes millennials who strive to be trendy or trendy.

Example: “My mom tried to do a TikTok dance yesterday. She’s so cool.

2. Ded / 💀

As a surprise to many, ded means “lol” like something was so funny that it killed you.

Example: “That girl’s joke got me killed!”

3. Drip

For those of us who still cling to swag, it’s basically the same idea – it’s when someone has a cool and sexy sense of style.

Example: “Donald Glover has serious gout.”


This acronym stands for “If you know, you know”. Use IYKYK to describe a joke or something that would not make sense to most people.

Example: “Yesterday evening, it was crazy! #iykyk “

5. No capping / capping

In this context, cap means “to lie”. When someone says “no cap” it means they are not lying.

Example: “The coach said I start the game tomorrow, no cap.”

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