Thursday, September 15, 2016


This metaplastic word, found on the internet in a photograph of autonymic graffiti, is obviously an attempt at spelling the acronym YOLO (You Only Live Once) that does not seem to have a definition as much as the purpose of reminding us that our faith in humanity can always be reduced further than previously expected.

Friday, September 21, 2012

huzzle and buzzle

A mispronunciation of "hustle and bustle" by Dr. Xiaoxin Wu in his podcast lectures The Dragon and the Cross: Christianity in China. The multiple 'z' sounds of this metaplastic phrase give one the impression of a hip-hop beehive.

Friday, September 07, 2012


(n): the combination of "summary" and "comeuppance", this word is used to convey the thought of concisely encapsulating the situation at hand while simultaneously taking to task those involved. I thought it was brilliant. First spotted in Brooke McEldowney's excellent comic strip, "Pibgorn". Submitted by Clint McInnes on 8/21/12.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012


A combination of "hungry" and "angry" as explained by @simonpegg in the following tweet:
My sister @katypegg just told me that I'm 'hangry' (grumpy because I'm hungry). I would have laughed if I wasn't so hangry.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


A combination of palatable and pliable it's dictionary definition might look something like this:

palliable  [pal-lahy-uh-buhl] –adjective 1. acceptable or agreeable to the mind because of its flexibility. 2. acceptable or agreeable because of its ability to be easily influenced or persuaded.

Coined by Dorian Speed on her blog Scrutinies. (Originally posted September 22, 2006)


Coined by Fr. Rob Johansen, snarkasm combines snark and sarcasm to describe the use of snide remarks in an especially sarcastic or satirical way. Used in a sentence it might work something like this:
"A diminutive and unattractive man, James' chief weapon against his persecutors was his keen sense of snarkasm."
(Originally posted June 2, 2006)


Originating as a brain stutter this metaplastic word seems to be a combination of anonymous and ominous. A possible definition could be: of menacing and unknown authorship. (Originally posted September 14, 2005)


Inspired by 'schadenfreude' – a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others – schadenfreund is the first metaplastic word the metaplasm staff has coined in a foreign language. From the german schaden (damage, harm) and freund (friend), a schadenfreund is a loser of a friend you keep hanging around because his/her life is so miserable it makes you feel good about your life. (Originally posted September 21, 2004)


Submitted by Susan Piver Browne this word, a combination of obsequious and acquiesce, began life during a conversation about apologizing anyway for something she didn’t do:
“He’s so upset, I just decided to obsequiesce to the charge.”
(Originally posted September 13, 2005)


A combination of disingenuous and generous, this metaplastic word describes one's actions when dining out with friends at a posh restaurant and one makes sure to be too slow in the grab for the bill  and then "generously" offers to cover the tip. (Originally posted September  2, 2004)


Beginning its life as a typo, this new word can be used to refer to a person who won a lottery, raffle or other contest and due to the fact that they aren't you, deserves only passing acknowledgement. For example:
Q: "Hey, who won the door prize?"
A: "I don't know, somewon."
(Originally posted July 8, 2004)


Heard as a mispronounciation of skirmish. Possible definitions:
  1. A minor battle fought between small gangs of worms.
  2. Relating to or feeling/exhibiting signs of humiliation or embarrassment. As in "A squirmish feeling washed over James the moment the reporter asked him about the incriminating video from the hidden cameras."
(Originally posted May 1, 2004)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Found as a misspelling of "massacre" in a school project on the "Massacre of the Infants" referred to in the Bible's New Testament Infancy Narratives.

Though the definition of "massacure" - the killing of large numbers of humans or animals as a method or course of action used to correct a harmful or disturbing situation - could be used to describe Herod's order, it would hopefully be used more often in the modern world in reference to eliminating animal borne diseases such as SARS and BSE (Mad Cow Disease). (Originally posted January 20, 2004)


Heard on NPR by an interviewee, this metaplastic contraction appears to be a severe shortening of "it has been my pleasure" and is used as an alternate response to "You're welcome" when presented with the phrase "Thank you". (Originally posted May 1, 2004)


This word was heard on NPR during an interview with a violinist who is known for taking liberties with the classical pieces he performs. He says the trick is to make sure his embellishments don't turn into "emblemishments". (Originally posted August 13, 2004)


Glocal is another metaplastic word submitted by prolific contributor Clint McInnes. Clint says, "I saw this one in a trade journal advertisement. It is a combination of "global" and "local", and was used to describe the abilities of a parts distributor. They claim to source and serve both globally and locally, borrowing the best aspects of each approach. The metaplasm staff thinks it sounds more like the noise one makes when clearing one's throat.(Originally posted February 4, 2004)


Clint McInnes contributed this metaplastic word which cropped up in a reader's comment on Anu Garg's excellent A.Word.A.Day Compendium of Feedback.

Clyde Dawson wrote: "At a recent planning meeting, our chairman referred to our facilitator as 'felicitator' and the word has stuck fast. It will ever be part of our vocab for the one who leads the fun part of a meeting." (Originally posted February 4, 2004)


Synthesized and submitted by Maryellen Read, hostiltality is the antonym of hospitality and can describe the reception received when visiting the in-law's or stopping by your ex's to ask if you can have your stuff back. (Originally posted January 7, 2004)


Submitted by Mike Driscoll, "supurban" is a metaplastic word useful for describing something "superb" that's located in a "suburban" part of a city.  Proper usage: "Yes, they sold both of their lofts and bought a supurban house in Arlington." (Originally posted January 13, 2004)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


According to Monica L. Miceli, acrofiti is a combination of acrobatics and graffiti. It refers to the stunning physical prowess and steady artistic hand that graffiti artists must possess to paint their renderings in unexpected places, such as busy freeway overhangs and ladderless roadside billboards, without killing themselves. Although experts have never seen acrofiti in action, the proof lies in the existence of the art. (Originally posted December 29, 2003)


Young children are metaplastic word generating machines. How do they do it?

This word was coined by one of Margaret Drew's daughters. "She couldn't quite get her tongue around 'tomorrow morning,'" explains Margaret. "So when I put her to bed at night, she'd say, 'see you toomorning' - much easier to say and I've never forgotten it (though that was almost 40 years ago)."

This metaplastic word is interesting as a forensic signpost that shows the trend towards the creation of new words through contraction, i.e. good night becomes g'night. Now, 40 years later we see some of the most extreme examples with Instant Messaging abbreviations becoming words, i.e. lol, fwiw, brb. (Originally posted October 9, 2003)


Metaplastic homonyms like this one are a favorite of the Metaplasm team.

"One that I heard my brother use a number of years ago was 'weary', as in 'I'd be a little weary of doing that.'," Steve Terry explains. "Of course he meant either 'leery' or 'wary', but the inadvertant portmanteau was interesting in that 'weary' is something you might become if you were to do something you were leery or wary of."

"Exactly right Steve," says Metaplasm staffer, Tim C. "I'm always weary of a trip to the in-laws and by the time the visit is over I'm weary from my trip to the in-laws." (Originally posted December 8, 2003)


WCB defines "predictament" as the word that describes when you plan to take an action that will no doubt get you into a tough spot. (Originally posted December 6, 2003)