Readers make up words with this cool naming tool
Have you tried Wordoid? This cool tool is designed to help you find a catchy name for your business by auto-creating new words. But you can create words to use in your copy, as well.I did so for our February issue, and invited you to play along. Just plug in a word or word fragment, click a button, and get your Wordoids.
Here are the results two of our readers got when they gave it a go:
“grotesquerist (n) — one who queries or questions the grotesque. ‘The grotesquerist was easily and overly disturbed by the creation of words such as “coachersecutive” and “consultatisting.”’”
— Daniel L. Crouch, communications manager, Camico
“Busatarian — someone who will not drive or ride in a car: somebody who will walk to and take the bus, but does not own a car and, rather than ride in someone else’s car, would prefer to take the bus.
“‘Ann, would you like a ride to the meeting tomorrow?’
“‘No, thanks, I’ll just take the bus. Actually, there will be two buses — I’ll have to transfer.’
“‘I could pick you up downtown?’
“‘No, thanks, I’ll just take the bus.’
“‘It’s no trouble. Are you sure you’d rather take the bus?’
“‘Oh, that’s right. I forgot that you’re a busatarian.’”
— Julie Kettman, director of Communications
and Marketing, YMCA Seattle
And the winner is …
Daniel, I love your cheeky entry (and will not hold it against you that you found my Wordoids grotesque!)
But as a newish and enthusiastic Portlander, Julie, I found that your entry rang a few bells. It’s easy to imagine that busatarian might make it into the current season of Portlandia soon.
Congratulations, Julie, you are our winner! Watch your mailbox for a little wordplay-themed gift from me. And thank you both for playing.
How can you use Wordoids to make your copy more creative?