Another (real) word I came across a few months ago struck me as so funny I wrote it on a post-it:
The Dunning-Kruger Effect When someone's incompetence denies them the ability to recognize their own incompetence. Named by two psychologists (and if you guessed Dunning and Kruger you'd be right), you can read the interesting history of this word here.
So this morning I was quite entertained to read Douglas Coupland's op-ed in the New York Times entitled "A Dictionary of the Near Future", his choice of words we need to describe our modern lives. Here are a few of my favorites.
Deselfing Willingly diluting one’s sense of self and ego by plastering the Internet with as much information as possible. (See also Omniscience Fatigue; Undeselfing)
Portrait of Katie Lewis, Edward Burne-Jones
Fictive Rest The inability of many people to fall asleep until after reading even the tiniest amount of fiction.
Frankentime What time feels like when you realize that most of your life is spent working with and around a computer and the Internet.
Intraffinital Melancholy vs. Extraffinital Melancholy Which is lonelier: to be single and lonely, or to be lonely within a dead relationship?
The Mirror of Venus, Edward Burne-Jones
Limited Pool Romantic Theory The belief that there is a finite number of times in which one can fall in love, most commonly six.
Memesphere The realm of culturally tangible ideas.
Rosenwald's Theorum The belief that all the wrong people have self-esteem. (added by me: these people might also suffer from the Dunning-Kruger Effect).
Undeselfing The attempt, usually frantic and futile, to reverse the deselfing process.
I wonder if Morris made up words? It's hard to believe he wouldn't have given his extraordinary creativity with language.