Aside from publishing the best stories anyone could read, every good writer hopes to make a positive impact on language, usually the language in which they write, by doing what comes naturally to us: creating new words. It’s not just a matter of adding words to the dictionary; it’s a matter of expanding the popular lexicon and encouraging others to think beyond what they learned in school.
Thus, The Chief is proud to announce that I have created 2 new words for the English language:
Complisult – a compliment that’s actually an insult.
Example: “That’s a beautiful outfit you’re wearing. I had one just like it – YEARS ago!”
Insultiment – what sounds like an insult is actually a compliment.
Example: “Gosh, you look like death microwaved over. I know you’re feeling better, though, so I’m happy for you.”
I’d love to hear everyone’s honest and constructively critical response! What do you folks think?