Jasper Fforde’s invented words Lost in a Good Book

How many invented words are there in Jasper Fforde’s vocabulary? No one really knows… And perhaps it is incalculable. However the number of “made-up words” used in his books has been closely monitored and documented by the Goliath Corporation. In fact, if you check the dedication page of “Lost in a Good Book” you will see that officially it includes 44 made-up words.

Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
This book allegedly contains 44 made-up words. Fact or Fiction?

This number, 44, is however suspect. There are many rumors circulating that the actual number of neologisms contained within this book may be much higher! Some fictioneers suggest that the Goliath Corporation is deliberately hiding the actual number of neologisms found within the book! (Note: The Goliath Corporation never publicly uses the word “neologism” because it has been deemed to be far too “academic” by their all-powerful, and much feared, Marketing Department.) If you do search through the book you may, or may not, find more made-up words. It is believed that this inconsistency is result of tampering by illegal fictional characters, or perhaps by the over-active imaginations of readers who have immersed themselves within Fforde’s books. If the wording has been tampered with, and the meanings changed without prior permission, we need some serious literary detection! Ergo, we are sending out the Bat Signal to Thursday Next!

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If you’re funny and lucky, you can win a signed copy of Jasper Forde’s second Thursday Next novel, Lost in a Good Book.

About the book: “Lost in a Good Book”

Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this – but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible? Having barely caught her breath after The Eyre Affair, Thursday must battle corrupt politicians, try to save the world from extinction, and help the Neanderthals to species self-determination. Mastadon migrations, journeys into Just William, a chance meeting with the Flopsy Bunnies, and violent life-and-death struggles in the summer sales are all part of a greater plan. But whose? and why?

Reviews: “Lost in a Good Book”
“Jasper Fforde certainly rates an ‘E’ for Excellence in imagination. Asimov gave us a scientific look at future possibilities, Heinlein gave us imagination with a comic religious slant, and others have fictionally tweaked our imaginations to some degree. But no one except Jasper Fforde has opened up the vast possibilities of using characters from all fiction – fantasy, humor, scientific, adventure – whatever – to create such an incredible world as found in Lost In A Good Book.” whodunnit.com

“It may be that Fforde has succeeded in doing for the anxieties of 21st-century book lovers — nagged by the feeling that perhaps they aren’t getting as swept away by books as they used to — what Helen Fielding did for the anxieties of the 30-something single urban female. In attempting to come up with an adult Harry Potter, he may also have stumbled across that other Holy Grail of modern fiction, the male-friendly (or at least the gender-neutral) Bridget Jones — which, for everyone but Fforde’s accountant, is a fairly terrifying prospect.” New York Times

Invent some words and win a copy of Lost in a Good Book at Verbotomy
Play Verbotomy. The top player of the week starting on September 28, 2009, will win a copy of the book!

Official Stuff:

Prize: Lost in a Good Book (Paperback) by Jasper Fforde (Approximate Retail Value: $15.00 US.)

Note: The book will be awarded to the Top Scoring Player who did not win a Jasper Fforde Book in last week’s contest at Verbotomy.

Contest Start Date: September 28, 2009 at 12:01:00 am EDT
Contest End Date: October 3, 2009 at 11:59:00 pm EDT

For the Jasper Fforde: Lost in a Good Book weekly author ranking see: See: https://www.verbotomy.com/verbotomists.php?week=2009-09-28

For complete contest rules and regulations please see our Verbotomy Contest Rules and Regulations.

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Thursday Next, Jasper Fforde’s brilliant literary detective, arrested at Verbotomy

In an unexpected, real-world plot twist, a copy — or perhaps a clone — of Thursday Next, Jasper Fforde‘s brilliant literary detective, has been arrested at Verbotomy. At this time the charges remain unclear, but it is apparent that Thursday, the genre-crossing heroine, has an addiction to wordplay and a habit of breaking the standard grammatical protocols that rule most fiction. In the past, she has also been seen in the company of many made-up words, or verboticisms, as they are called at Verbotomy. However, possession of these type of words would not normally result in charges, especially at Verbotomy where the recreational use of invented words is not only tolerated, but is strongly encouraged.

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An alternative reading of the situation, may suggest that this is indeed as a hostage taking. There are no real charges (the game is free). And it appears that Thursday’s story is being offered up as a prize. The spokesperson for Verbotomy, artist and writer James Gang, vehemently denies this suggestion, saying that conditions for the release of Ms. Next, (see official stuff and contest rules below) are “fair and reasonable bail conditions, and should not in any way be considered to be a ransom note.” Mr. Gang has also denied any connection with the “Goliath Corporation“, and stated that the rumors circulating about potential destruction of the Ms. Next’s first book (The Eyre Affair) are completely false.”We would never knowingly destroy a book. Of course, because we are also an eco-friendly organization, we would never let a tree go to waste either. So if a book is going to be left unread, we will be obliged to put it into our recycling systems, so that it can be transformed into something useful — like paper towels.”

Author Jasper Fforde seems unperturbed by these literary threats. Perhaps he assumes that it is just hyperbole, and that the kidnapping of one his characters is really just the act of a desperate imagination. After all, in The Eyre Affair he wrote, “Literary detection and firearms don’t really go hand in hand.”

To play Verbotomy, and win a change to free Thursday Next, go to: https://www.verbotomy.com/verbotomy.php and invent a word to fit today’s challenge.

About the book: “Eyre Affair”

In Jasper Fforde’s Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte’s novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career. Fforde’s ingenious fantasy-enhanced by a Web site that re-creates the world of the novel–unites intrigue with English literature in a delightfully witty mix.

Reviews: “Eyre Affair”
“Filled with clever wordplay, literary allusion and bibliowit, The Eyre Affair combines elements of Monty Python, Harry Potter, Stephen Hawking and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but its quirky charm is all its own.” –The Wall Street Journal

“Jasper Fforde’s first novel, The Eyre Affair, is a spirited sendup of genre fiction-it’s part hardboiled mystery, part time-machine caper-that features a sassy, well-read ‘Special Operative in literary detection’ named Thursday Next, who will put you more in mind of Bridget Jones than Miss Marple. Fforde delivers almost every sentence with a sly wink, and he’s got an easy way with wordplay, trivia, and inside jokes…. Fforde’s verve is rarely less than infectious.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Fforde is endlessly inventive: his heroine’s utter unconcern about the strangeness of the world she inhabits keeps the reader perpetually double-taking as minor certainties of history, literature and cuisine go soggy in the corner of our eye. The audacity of the premise and its working out provides sudden leaps of understanding, many of them accompanied by wild fits of the giggles.”

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Official Stuff:

Prize: The Eyre Affair (Paperback) by Jasper Fforde (Approximate Retail Value:  $15.00 US.)

Contest Start Date: September 21, 2009 at 12:01:00 am EDT
Contest End Date: September 27, 2009 at 11:59:00 pm EDT

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For complete contest rules and regulations please see our Verbotomy Contest Rules and Regulations.

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You made that without using a real turkey?

DEFINITION: v. tr., To leave out an important ingredient when you are sharing a favorite recipe so that no one else can make it taste as good as yours. n., A recipe that is missing one or more key ingredients.

You made that without using a real turkey?

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Lessipe: /less-uh-pee/ I used my mom’s lessipe for spinach and artichoke dip, but it seemed to be missing something – perhaps spinach? Etymology: less, recipe Created by: purpleartichokes.

Comments on Lessipe:

purpleartichokes, 2007-11-22: 05:26:00
Then there’s Mom’s guessipes… add such-and-such “til it looks right”.

Mustang, 2007-11-22: 07:43:00
Sounds somewhat similar to my own ‘messipes’.

remistram, 2007-11-22: 09:42:00
Funny!…got my vote!

Jabberwocky, 2007-11-22: 09:42:00
I cook like your Mom – drives everyone crazy but means I usually do the cooking – hmm might have scuppered myself there

purpleartichokes, 2007-11-22: 10:22:00
You and my mom ought to write a lookbook.

OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-22: 16:12:00
Great word!

Recipiece: /res-uh-pees/ Karen: “This chocolate cake doesn’t taste the same as yours. Did you give me the right recipe?” Barb: “Yes, I gave you my special chocolate cake recipiece.” Karen: “Did you say recipe, or recipiece?” Barb: “Would I hold back on you? I definitely gave you my recipiece!” Karen: “I think you’re saying recipiece….” Etymology: recipe + piece Created by: Stevenson0.

Comments on Recipiece:

Jabberwocky, 2007-11-22: 09:38:00

purpleartichokes, 2007-11-22: 18:25:00
Semi-delicious word!

Chickenanery: /chik-en-an-ury/ A devious friend played some serious chickenanery when she gave me a foolproof recipe for chicken divan. It turned out to be just divan. Etymology: chicanery (deception) + chicken Created by: Jabberwocky.

Comments on Chickenanery:

Mustang, 2007-11-22: 07:40:00
Very good! Wish I’d thought of it first.

OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-22: 16:09:00

Leftouters: /left-ow-turs/ I agreed to host a Thanksgiving leftovers party but the recipes I found on line were more like leftouters Etymology: left out + leftovers Created by: porsche.

To see more verboticisms for this definition go to:

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the create-a-word game

Definition Comments:

Verbotomy2007-11-22: 00:01:00
Today’s definition was suggested by kabloozie. Thank you kabloozie! ~ James

Tap-tap-tap and my hair falls out.

DEFINITION: n., A wear mark, or shiny spot, which appears on a heavily used computer touch-pad, mouse or keyboard. v. tr., To wear down or erode through repetitive clicking, tapping or poking.

Tap-tap-tap and my hair falls out.

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Keyrode: /key rode/ When I looked down to hunt and peck my name into the system, I couldn’t tell what I was doing because the letters had been keyroded away. -or- It was obvious the computer had seen heavy use because half of the keyboard and both mouse buttons suffered heavy keyrosion. Etymology: key (from keyboard keys) + rode (from corrode (to wear away through contact over time with chemicals, oils, etc…in the case of keyrosion the oils and ridges of our skin working together to keyrode the plastic finish. Created by: Buzzardbilly.

Comments on Keyrode:

OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-20: 16:39:00
Great word: great debut!

Padtina: /pad-teena/ What a lovely padtina you have on your desk remarked a colleague. Etymology: pad + patina Created by: porsche.

Comments on Padtina:

OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-20: 16:45:00
Great word!

Keypetitive: /kee-pet-i-tiv/ Because she didn’t own a joystick, the letters ‘s’ and ‘l’ disappeared from her keyboard by the constant keypetitive clicking required by the computer game. Etymology: key + repetitive Created by: Stevenson0.

Comments on Keypetitive:

patrick12345, 2007-11-20: 15:37:00

OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-20: 16:38:00
Very good word!

Mouseketear: /mouse-keh-tare/ Sally was so busy scrolling through ebay that she didn’t notice that the mousekewear had swiftly become a mouseketear. Etymology: mouse + tear (rip) + mouseketeer Created by: Jabberwocky.

Comments on Mouseketear:

OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-20: 16:41:00
Very clever! Perhaps you need a cybercat!

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the create-a-word game

Definition Comments:

Verbotomy2007-11-20: 00:01:00
Today’s definition was suggested by kabloozie. Thank you kabloozie! ~ James

I can read you like a book, baby!

DEFINITION: v. tr., To read a person’s face and correctly interpret what they are actually thinking, even when they are trying to conceal their true feelings. n., The skill of reading people’s faces, especially by observing micro-expressions.

I can read you like a book, baby!

VERBOTICISMS: (Invented words created by the Verbotomy Writers)

Wiseguise: /wise guys/ Carl was no wiseguise. He could never tell what his girlfriend was thinking despite careful study of her expressions. Etymology: wise (knowledgeable) + guise (face/expression) + wise guy (smarty pants) Created by: petaj.

Comments on Wiseguise:

Jabberwocky, 2007-11-19: 12:10:00
good one petaj

OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-19: 16:15:00
Nice word!

purpleartichokes, 2007-11-19: 18:14:00
Yup, very creative.

Facecracker: /face + cracker/ There was no use lying to mom. Her skills as a facecracker were beyond compare. Etymology: like a safe cracker – every great team of bankrobbers needs one Created by: bzav1.

Comments on Facecracker:

purpleartichokes, 2007-11-19: 09:58:00
Great word!

yellowbird, 2007-11-19: 10:27:00
very nice

Facerism: /feys-er-iz-uhm/ By studying her facial reaction to every word and movement and observing all her idiosyncrasies from eye to nose to chin to cheeks, he could read and interpret correctly each and every facerism she displayed. Etymology: face + mannerism Created by: Stevenson0.

Espivisage: /ESS-pee-vih-sahzh/ Sue used ESPivisage to successfully conclude that Bob wanted a burger and fries for lunch, and not the leftover tofurkey sandwich she suggested. Etymology: ESP, visage, espionage Created by: purpleartichokes.

Comments on Espivisage:

OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-19: 16:16:00
Nice blend with good use of ESP!

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the create-a-word game

Definition Comments:

Verbotomy2007-11-19: 00:01:00
Today’s definition was suggested by aigle101. Thank you aigle101! ~ James

Verbotomy2007-11-19: 00:02:00
If you are interested in learning more about face reading and micro-expressions, check out The Naked Face. It’s an article written by Malcolm Gladwell which originally appeared New Yorker magazine. ~ James