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Skeptimistic: a stupid word

Just noticed another Google search for "skeptimistic" has led to this site. Listen up, people. Skeptimistic is stupid. It adds nothing to our language that is not already conveyed by the real words that it illegitimately spawned from. I want to go on record as saying that I firmly disapprove of this bastard word. I am dumber for ever having heard it.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Like "guesstimate"? I hate that word.
>^..^<

E. McPan said...

Hmm. I sort of like this "skeptimistic." And I'm even a skeptimistic kind of person.

drvono said...

The more you mention the word, the more people will find you through googling it...

Nathan said...

Do you have an opinion on "supposably"? ;)

sui generis said...

Apart from Joey on "Friends," (and, thereafter, my wife and I) I have never heard anyone use that word. Therefore, it's still funny. If it comes into common use, it will be another source of grammatical outrage.

Anonymous said...

There are two definitions of the word. It seems you are assuming the one combining skeptical and pessimistic, which would make it just a grammatical foible that "adds nothing to our language that is not already conveyed by the real words that it illegitimately spawned from".
But the other definition (that makes more sense) is the combination of skeptical and optimistic, which does convey a new conflicted meaning. It is a bit like the word "coopetition" coined in business for competitors who sometimes partner for mutual benefit.

Anonymous said...

I used it last night, drunk as hell on St. Patty's day, wasn't even sure if it was really a word till I got here, thanks for hosting this page, you made my hangover feel more managable... ;p

Pvillepoet

James Morrison said...

I disagree with you calling any word a "bastard" word. You should take it back. It's just oxydoxical. All words are derived from the combination of other words, so are many other words. And it's also just plain anti-redundant.

Anonymous said...

I made it up today for this - http://projects.nytimes.com/flashmob/word/tense - and then found it was already "made up" :-(

mickey pierce said...

i came across skeptimistic by my own accord and i hearby declare myself mickey pierce the official coiner off the word. I reject the given definition as stated as 'optimistic yet skeptical outlook' this is an oxymoronic perversion of its true meaning which is 'skeptimistic; to be actively skeptical, ie. i am entirely skeptimistic about the youth of today and their ability to comprehend satire.
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