[Ads-l] TV ad: How to invent a new word accidentally

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 20 03:26:18 UTC 2015

The "new word" is _phisticated_, which gets about 234,000 hits. Back in The
Lou, we had a term, _fisticate with_. Its meaning was, "fiddle with/fuck
with a person or a thing." The UD has a couple of its usual, random,
fake-ish definitions and there's a cite at


from 1629 that's possibly, if not probably, "so fisticating" <


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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