9.27.2005

use this word now.

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

You WILL use the following word in conversation: HAUSTED. ['hawsted]

What is hausted? Far be it from us at Invented Usage to define our terms. Allow us to teach language as we were taught it: by example.

"I'm so hausted after that great night of sleep I just had."
"It's imperative that you haust yourself, you have a big test tomorrow."
"I'm in a very hausty mood this morning."
"He was full of haust, and ate a hearty breakfast."
"Before this hike I was hausted, but now..."
"We must carefully haust our national resources."
"She had to be sedated due to extreme haustion."
"We sprung, haustedly, into action."

Unfortunately, we here at Invented Usage are EXHAUSTED, so we're going to bed. But use the word. Or suffer the dire consequences.

Haunt your local haunts with Haust Posters, coming soon.

2 comments:

Seb (quixotically) said...

[Latin exhaurire, exhaust- : ex-, ex- + haurire, to draw.]

"I'm so drawed after that great night of sleep I just had."
"It's imperative that you draw yourself, you have a big test tomorrow."
...

I'm not sure if this word is etymologically sound. Classicists will be in uproar.





Just kidding! Etymology doesn't matter! Wooo!

Off topic:

You might appreciate this trivia, if you haven't heard it before.

Consider words that end in -rl.

Twirl
Swirl
Unfurl
Burl
Snarl

They have something in common--a hint of circularity.

When people are asked to come up with definitions of novel words in the same pattern (like "flurl"), they add that same connation to the definition. ("Oh, to flurl--that means 'to roll up something fuzzy'...")

So...what is -rl? It carries more semantic content than a phoneme. But it's too weak-ass to be a morpheme.

Is it the missing link?

Cristi said...

you had me worried for a second there, seb.

sweet fact, though.

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