Sometimes my family makes up words or puts words together in new and interesting ways. I’ve talked to no one, outside my family, who knows what slaunch-wise means. But we have strict rules for making up new words or editing old ones. Edited words should put a new twist on the old word – such as saying “onrey” for “ornery.” The made up word has to be descriptive and unique. It can combine two or more words, but the new word must follow the rules of grammar. For instance “conversate” is a bad made up word and a bad edited word. It does put a new twist on the old word (the perfectly good “converse”) but it just sounds … ignorant. But “onrey” sounds ignorant too. “Conversate” may be descriptive (and it’s memorable) but it isn’t unique. And it doesn’t follow the rules of grammar because … well, I don’t know exactly why. I seem to be losing my own argument, so I will say that they are my arbitrary rules, therefore I’m right.
Now, where was I? Oh, yes. Slaunch-wise. Slaunch-wise is a word that we use to describe things that are not squared off neatly or aligned properly. A book tossed carelessly onto a table could land in the slaunch-wise position.
Moc: Wait, don’t take that picture!
Me: Too late
Moc: I was making a face
Me (looking at the viewer on the camera): No you weren’t, actually.
But that just prompted her to start making faces at me. And so it happens that I have a visual example of slaunch-wise to show you.