Day 18 – NaPoWriMo 2017 – “Rockabilly!”

Published 18th April 2017 by viewsofpreethib

Day 18 – Optional prompt. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. What’s that? Well, it’s a made-up word! Your neologisms could be portmanteaus (basically, a word made from combining two existing words, like “motel” coming from “motor” and “hotel”) or they could be words invented entirely for their sound. Probably the most famous example of a poem incorporating neologisms is Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, but neologisms don’t have to be funny or used in the service of humor. You can use them to try to get at something that you don’t have an exact word for, or to create a sense of sound and rhythm, or simply to make the poem feel strange and unworldly.


In the club,
I see a mimsy*,
Is that your frenemy*?

The mimsy seems hangry*,
Quickly gulped on chocoholic*,
Now slowly becoming crunky*.

Bashing* into people unintentionally,
While chortling* and dancing,
To the tunes of rockabilly*…!

(c) Preethi.B

Neologiam Words :

  1. Mimsy = Miserable + flimsy
  2. Frenemy = Friend + enemy
  3. Hangry = Hungry + angry
  4. Chocoholic = Chocolate + Alcoholic
  5. Crunky = Crazy + drunk
  6. Bashing = Bang + smashing
  7. Chotling = Chuckle + snorting
  8. Rockabilly = Rock’n’roll/Hill bill

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