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The following is a dictionary of English duonyms. The word 'duonym,' which is modeled on the words 'synonym' and antonym,' refers to a single word formed by putting two existing words together to form a new word. This dictionary contains definitions and sample usage examples for each word.
"I supplement my income by wearing adshirts in downtown Chicago."
"A one mile stretch of road in Norwood, Massachusetts is the original automile."
"I'll take a Rolls if I can have it in bananayellow."
"As she slowly undressed in the locker room, she felt the pressure of a dozen eyes on her as she took off her watch, revealing an embarrassing bandprint on her arm."
"After a restless night of fitful sleep, to my surprise I awoke with a bedhead."
"He is a typical blackhead and always looks at the darkest side of everything."
"A blondhead, he spends most of his days on the beach observing the scenery and eating hot dogs."
"Eventually I wearied of her, a bluehead, due to her unexplained tendency to be depressed at all times."
"She is sick of wearing uncomfortable clothes just because other people expect it. Knowing that her boss is out, she risks wearing bluejeans to work."
"I am a bluejeansonlyperson because dress clothes are uncomfortable and thus they reduce my productivity."
"The bowlheads gather around the tube, anxiously awaiting the kickoff."
"As the doctor declared him braindead, his anxious relative breathed a sigh of relief."
"A braindeadhead, he can never remember his own phone number."
"The term 'braintrust' was originally coined by a New York Times reporter to refer to FDR's closest advisors."
"She resented being called a brownhead and longed for the day when she could dye her hair red."
"I thought but did not say that I was dealing with a bubblehead."
"Once again he was late for class because he did not allow enough buffertime; this time, rain slowed his driving and he got stuck behind a funeral procession for a deadhead."
"It was immediately apparent to us that a butterball had just entered the room. We all stared as she paused whimsically, then wandered aimlessly into the corner to see if any danish pastries were left for her second breakfast."
"What I really need is a remote radio tuner so I can buttonswitch from my chair at home like I do in my car."
"He is a catperson who prefers independent females."
"He seems to be a celluloidperson - I see no sign of feelings in him."
"He disguises his penchant for chartclimbing in the cloak of generosity by buying extravagant presents for his business associates."
"This mug will pass for celticsgreen."
"This station has been playing nothing by chernobylrock all day; now I feel morose"
"She has several closetfans who spend much of their time dreaming about her."
"After she won the racquetball tournament in her coffeeshirt, she became very devoted to it and wore it continuously."
"I became conceptrich by becoming more away of the details of my experiences."
"His philosophy of continuous-experience makes him aware of many shades of emotion that others simply ignore."
"Imagine-how-different-your-life-would-be-if-out-language-could-adequately-reflect-the-continuity-in-experience. If-you-could-use-the-continuous-language-to-describe-your-feelings-you-would-be-able-to-say-exactly-how-happy-or-sad-you-are,how-good-apple-pie-with-ice-cream-and-coffee-really-taste, and-how-red-the-shirt-you're-wearing-is. You-would-be-much-more-capable-of-expressing-yourself-and-you-would-see-the-world-in-new-ways. Though-our-language-increases-our-freedom-we-are-also-its-slaves. We-see-the-world-through-the-eyes-and-from-the-point-of-view-of-our-language. By-creating-new-duonyms-you-increase-your-freedom-of-expression-and-others'-too!"
"He is determined to start a trend toward the continuouslook in fashion and often wears a blue tshirt over a blue dress shirt."
"Continuouswords provide a way to express new points of view that no one has had the words to express before. They also call attention to features of experience that might otherwise go unnoticed. If you know what a feelingfaker is, you will be more likely to notice a feelingfaker the next time you meet one."
Continuouswords call attention to the complexity of our experience, and make us more aware of the details of experience. Continuouswords make people happy because people love to express themselves and continuouswords help people express themselves by enabling them to take and express points of view they wouldn't otherwise have or express"
"While working to beat the latest arbitrarily-determined deadline, he was grateful for his years of experience as a cornercutter; more importantly, he is adept at hiding the corners he cuts"
"I was dismayed to learn that they have become couchpotatoes and seldom venture forth from the safety of their own loveseat."
"A covercat, he achieved instant fame modeling for Catmopolitan."
"Emmy Lou Harris writes crossovermusic that's on popular and country charts."
Deadhead (dead-head) n. 1. A devoted fan of the Grateful Dead
"A deadhead, his hobbies are smoking pot and drinking alcoholic beverages."
"The Washington Redskins' helmets are a shade of deepred."
"A docgroup director once thought;
he'd get rid of a writer who taught;
'I don't need courses
I have a woman with horses'
he was embroiled until he got caught."
"Depending on his mood, he listens to subliminal persuasion tapes during drivetime; these have convinced him that he will be a spectacular success."
"It is a great honor to share a birthday with the originator of the duonyms 'doublethink' and 'doublespeak'."
"A bookworm, he was conceptrich but experiencepoor."
"She is experiencerich in certain areas; for example, she listens to every popular rock song, has tried every Chinese restaurant in town, has her own computer, and dates different guys."
"Extracredit work provides additional challenges for superior intellects."
"Her superior homework assignments plus her extraextracredit work pushed hergrade so high that no letter exists to adequately reflect it."
"Sensing that fame is imminent, the fatcat relaxes with a cigar."
"After talking to him I'd have to say that he's a feelingfaker; he claims still in love with me."
"Statistics show that people who drive fireenginered cars have a higher chance of being stopped for speeding."
"Believing that fishwatching relieves stress, Pascal is an ardent fishwatcher who spends many hours each day carefully observing the movements of all the fish in the tank, especially the red flag fish."
"I'd like to meet the flakeface who wrote these error messages."
"I was delighted to learn that my flightpath takes me to Karlsruhe."
"It's freeformradio tonight."
"I would not describe here as a funhead - she spends most of her time reading existentialism and feeling morose."
"The home sported several furfaces who peeked out from behind the chair."
"He feels that the furrymouse makes him a superior performer on the computer."
"He anticipates finding a girlofhisdreams who feels he is the boyofherdreams; to accomplish this, he tries to be as irresistible as possible."
"She was so exasperated with the repeated use of the term 'function key' in her document that she proposed sending the computer on a search and destroy mission by performing a globalgobble on the term 'function key' and replacing it with 'fiction key.' Then she even proposed that we all pretend that this substitute version is the final version and wait to see if anyone notices."
"I could get nothing but greenmusic on the radio on St. Patty's day."
"You have to be a groupthinker to succeed at that company - they don't tolerate anyone who has original ideas."
"To make the space between the end of the word and the hanging indent equal to one hardspace you have to change the tab unit from space to point on this system; otherwise, the text does not wrap at the right place."
"It is a rare experience to find a heartofgold."
"The Twins fans wave homerhankies as their team comes to bat."
"Honeybun, please pass the honeybun."
"To try to create a reputation for being a playboy, he purchased a hotcar."
"He's a hothead who flies off the handle at the slightest provocation."
"Feeling dynamic, she pulls on a hotred tshirt and walks off to class."
"She finds the weekly staff meetings increasingly hypertedious as they are dominated more and more by several loudmouths who love to hear themselves talk."
"He's an ideathief who has no original ideas of his own."
"Despite the fact that they have different astrological signs, the junebugs decided to form a Junebug Club."
"A lapdog, he has not ideas of his own and constantly parrots his superiors."
"He is a lasersitter and prefers sitting only on those places that are most objectionable."
"A laughhead, he laughs uproariously at things that others find barely amusing."
"He feels that the layeredlook most adequately expresses his tendency to build one level of experience on top of another one."
"The warm room plus the extremely boring lecture contributed to an unavoidable case of lazylids on the part of many students."
"She considered everything from hibernation to plastic surgery, but try as she might, she could not conceal the fact that she is a leadbottom
"Not realizing he looked like a nerd, he wore a lemonyellow shirt with has khaki pants."
"So far I've already mentally bought a pair of new speakers, a new computer, and a 45 gallon hexagonal fishtank with the money I'm supposed to get next week; I guess I've become a mentalspender."
"I didn't know you're a metalhead."
"The White House press office is full of mindmakers who spin the news."
"My mindphilosophy teacher helped send
me to Rockefeller with a stipend
imagine my chagrin
to find his interest was not in
my mind but the body of my girlfriend."
"Moonlovers spend a lot of time staring off into space and dreaming about their next romantic relationship."
"A mushmaker just made a pina colada."
"The overlook provides a means of selfexpression in otherwise boring and mundane circumstances."
"As a devotee of the continuouslook, he acquired a huge stockpile of overshirts to wear on every conceivable occasion."
"Partyanimals park here."
"Peeredits are a useful tool for improving your writing and also for getting back at people you're mad at."
"You're a pencilneck and I'm not."
"A pencilthief, she finds it thrilling to put an office pen in her purse and take it home for her personal use."
"As a pencilwriter, I disdain pens and insist on using pencils at all times."
"He is the proud owner of a perryellisblue shirt."
"She is my best phonefriend and I call her almost every day."
"I didn't realize until I had started my new job several weeks ago that I would be working with several phoneheads; however, because they spend so much time on the phone, I haven't yet met them or learned their names."
"Though mathematicians to its Euclidean tune still waltz
that pisystem calculus is riddled with faults
a differential confusion
an integral illusion
for inconsistent assumptions yield contradictory results."
"He hates calculus, which he views as a pisystem, and is determined to replace it with a system of circular geometry that will eliminate irrational numbers and make it possible to give a rational value for the areas of circles."
"She's a possibledate, but I'm not holding my breath"
"She got a pricebreak on the Epson computer because she knows the dealer extremely well."
"She couldn't believe it when he said 'Redheads are nice to visit, and I wouldn't mind living with one.'"
"I have to do quite a lot of selfediting around here because you're not supposed to look like you're having any fun."
"Selfexpression is the meaning of life."
"Shareware is typically available on public dial-up bulletin boards."
"Software is never frozen solid around here; it never hardens beyond a slushstate."
"Now people say that 'MIT' stands for 'Made in Taiwan' because so many of the smartheads who attend there are Asian students."
"When I wrote his biography I found out that he got appointed director by doing a snowjob on someone; later I found that after presiding over a birthday party he is on permanent leave of absence in Oak Grove."
"A spacebridge between the U.S. and Russia increases mutual understanding by allowing citizens to talk directly."
"I can't believe you like that suckysong; you must be sick."
"It is sure to be a superbig event; all the right people will be there."
"I've had a supergreat night so far; would you like to come in for a drink?"
"The Rolling Stones are the best supergroup in this universe and all preceding universes since moments before time began."
"Everyone selected a sweetcake and rushed onto the dance floor."
She is a sweetgirl who compliments me three times every day. I don't know what she wants from me but the class thinks she is dying for me to ask her out, so maybe I will."
"At the end of the evening after consuming many bottles of wine, we all looked on in delight as his sweetsweetsweeetcake was passed out on the table. Then we crowded around to get a closer look while someone poured cold coffee on her face, and the partygoers roared their approval of this demonstration of culinary skill."
"Certain Iran-Contra witnesses acquire a teflonmemory when put on the stand."
"I was so furious when I found out that for the past six months she has been a trianglegirl that I threw a copy of Schopenhauer against the wall. When I introduced them I didn't expect this though I should have begun to worry when she told me that he has a 300 pound wife. Now she's cold coffee and he's the mayor of Riverdale."
"I'll take a VanChocStraw tripledouble."
"I'll have a tripleshot of raspberry."
"Some people can't understand why he insists on wearing tshirts over his other shirts and view it as a mere eccentricity, but those who know him well understand it as an expression of his philosophy."
"Twillweave is what gives bluejeans their distinctive character."
"They are members of the underclass; they don't vote and often are unemployed."
We were grateful for the underwearweather and spent much of the day walking around town with little on. This inspired a few continuouslooks."
"He was completely disgusted with the quality of the vending machines at school and despite becoming a vendorbender, he couldn't get service on the coffee machine; subsequently he arranged for a new vendor
"She's a waistwatcher and has been on a diet since 1996."
"The explosion sent a whitehot ball of flame into the sky."
"The concert was awesome; the band was like totally, wow, like wickedawesome."
"I'll take a bottle of that winered champagne you have over there in the corner."
"His wordperception was dulled by the number of drinks he had."
"Lately he's suffered from wordperceptionitis and finds himself constantly resorting to looking up word spellings in the dictionary."
"Of course he made everyone on the project use the sucky wordprocessing program he likes - it's the only one he knows."
"When I saw him repeatedly checking his watch in the meeting, I assumed he couldn't wait to leave; I didn't know that he's a compulsive wristwatcher."
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