Is it morphing or word-inventification?
Perhaps a year has passed since I responded to a Daily Prompt, but this one got me thinking. The WP Guru’s want us to morph a common word into something new (in other words, add another slang word to the Urban Dictionary). I get the process and as a writer, creating new slang can be so much fun, it’s downright distracting. I’ve also seen it while reading the SciFi/Futuristic genres. J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has characters that use “Frosty” or “Frosted” or “Iced” instead of plain ol’ “cool.”
While I was working at this place (yeah, that place) during a rare snowy winter for this area, I entered the building with red-tipped everything, my teeth chattering so hard that when my coworker asked the ridiculous question if it was cold outside, I couldn’t get the word “freezing” out of my mouth, so opted for “frigid.” It’s shorter. In here lies the problem with creating new slang… my coworker just happened to be English and apparently, while not exclusively British slang, there is only one use for the word “frigid” in the UK. She gasped at me like I’d shouted something not as politically correct as PENIS, then with red cheeks informed me that Frigid is a girl who’s like a cold fish in bed (yes, that kind of “in bed”). That’s it, end of story, no exceptions. I refrained from pointing out that we weren’t in the UK when I chattered the word through very frigid teeth and gums.
On top of potentially morphing a word that has already been reassigned various meanings in countless foreign lands, I personally enjoy the creative process of just making shit up – or at least using combos never heard before within my personal realm. So, in answer (at long last) to today’s prompt: I nominate Mind-Fracking. More likely word-inventification than morphing, unless you take into consideration that it morphs two words into one fabulous replacement for Gobsmacked, Mind-F*cked or Flabbergasted.
But which kind of Fracking, you ask? Frack (Frak) as in the profanity replacement for F*ck made most famous in shows like Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5 & Eureka (Fargo’s fave) – don’t judge me, I’m totally that geeky girl – OR – Fracking, as in “hydraulic fracturing” used during oil drilling?
D) All of the above. Either way works, because when you’re that über “MIND-FRACKED” it feels like your hamster wheel’s been pulverized by something that drills a hole first before releasing potentially dangerous, pressurized liquid into it.
♥ Happy TGIF!