It’s quite a thing to be able to create a word that really conveys what it sets out to convey, a word that holds meaning in its rhythm and its construction.
Sadie’s turning into a word-maker herself.
The other day, experiencing the joy and frenzy of spending her Amazon gift card that her grandma had sent for her birthday, Sadie created the word, “addtocart.” It’s a verb, like, “Oh yeah, I’m totally going to addtocart that brainquest workbook.”
Works, doesn’t it?
But that’s not the best one. For Sadie’s birthday, she requested a chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting. I made a mayonnaise chocolate cake (surprisingly ordinary!) and whipped a bit of raw cream for the filling. There were three layers, and the whipped cream didn’t quite hold it all in place.
“What does precarious mean?” she asked.
“Like, it’s going to topple right over, ” Joey answered.
“Yes,” she agreed, as she put the candies on the tilting cake. “Totally eprecarious.”
I kid you not. I give you the best word in the world. One more time.
Eat it before it falls, baby. Eat it before it falls.