Momsomnia

I first used this word  “momsomnia” in April of 2007.  I honestly thought I made it up.  But I just googled it and it is freakin’ everywhere. 

So, I wonder – is it one of those words that a lot of people make up around the same time?  Or is it one of those things I heard that I didn’t quite register until it came back to me later (and I just thought I made it up)?

Does that ever happen to you?

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2 thoughts on “Momsomnia

  1. rjjs8878

    I never heard of momsomnia until I read your blog. I’ve never made up a word so I haven’t had that experience. I’m not a great word smith so I would never attempt to make up a word.

    One thing I hate about our society is when people turn nouns into verbs. Perhaps I’m old school but it drives me crazy. I especially despise the practice in corporate America. Here’s an example: I architected the plan. Sorry for making my comment longer than your post.

    1. momsomniac

      Your comments can be as long as you care to make them!

      “I architected that” sounds like a 4-year-old with a big vocabulary. All past tense verbs get “-ed” on the end – (kids make very logical mistakes when learning language). Couldn’t use the word “made”? Not enough syllables?

      This is related to one of the things that has always rubbed me the wrong way; all those “big words make me sound smart” failures. A very common one is when people add “ir” to the word “regardless,” as if a 4 syllable word must make them sound smarter, never mind that “irregardless” is a made-up word that means the same thing as “regardless.” There are more exciting examples than that one, but it’s the best I can do today.

      “Impact” is the favorite noun to turn into a verb in my industry. And while I love to play with language, and am not the grammar police, I think the main reason people do this is to try to sound smarter. And that annoys me!

      I need to make up a word to describe turning nouns into verbs for no good reason…hmmmm….

      Pulverbize? Verbvulgarate?

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