I’ve been looking for new materials because of my new class, but not everything I find is suitable for my low level classes. I was updating an activity I use with higher level classes for tomorrow when I stumbled upon two different interesting links. They were unfortunately unsuitable for the basic level I now teach weekdays, but could be of use for anyone that was looking to have a lesson about portmanteau or neologisms.


Did you know that people have been compiling the questions asked on Jeopardy! for years? People have been adding every single question from every single show, and archiving the answers. I’ve heard a podcast where people have used this resource as a way to “study” for the program to defeat the current champions. The list of JEOPORTMANTEAU! was a challenging list of words created by smashing two clues together.

A country’s leader, and someone that takes care of teeth: (presidentist.)

It’s pretty clever, but far too difficult for my current students. I shared it with one of the teachers at a higher level, and they were unaware of the J! Archives. I think it could be a resource that will be useful in the office. Future classes with a desire for trivia or Golden Bell activities just got easier.

The other list I found were humorous and worth spreading around. I took out the best part of the list below: (Credit)

The Washington Post Neologism Competition

Every year The Washington Post runs an annual competition in which the readers of the newspaper are asked to submit alternative meanings to existing words. The results are often extremely amusing. Here are examples of  Washington Post neologisms

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly
answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulance (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over
by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that when you die, your Soul flies up
onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

It’s not often that my grammar lessons and office preparation material are entertaining enough to share directly (not that it stops me). I’ve got about a week or two left of materials for this class before I really need to start getting creative left over from materials in my last class. I’m still archiving my materials, even if it isn’t suitable for the current level, so that if I’m asked to change levels (again) I can go back and adapt some more, or use my materials to inspire other ideas later on.