back to article Vote now for your top net neologism

Ok, let's get straight down to it - below are the twenty contenders vying for the crown of El Reg top net neologism, as chosen by you, our beloved commentards readers. But before we get down and dirty with the vocab, a couple of points. Firstly, we had a lot of support for "wibble", although most reckon that's a Blackadderism …

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  1. Anonymous John

    I can't believe you didn't include "digilante"

    Whoops1 Bye!

    Mine's the one with the dunce's cap.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    This electronic vote is rigged!

    20 choices, but only 17 lines in the result! Where's my vote?!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Erm.

    Does posting this make me a commentard asshat or a trolling twatdangle?

  4. David Hill
    Coat

    Chesticles

    Surely any Dawn Patroller will tell you Chesticles has been used by Sarah Kennedy since before the dawn of time, and may even predate the Interweb.

    Mines the one with the old tranny radio in the pocket!

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Xmas coming early

    OMG it's going to take at least the rest of the afternoon to give this its due consideration. Couldn't you have waited until Xmas?

  6. James Love
    Thumb Up

    Multiple choice

    Damn, too many to choose from! Should have had multiple choice or "Pick up to 3"...

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Down

    FAIL

    I'm sure the word fail is not a new word. It should matter whether it's capitalised or not otherwise I COULD MAKE UP A WHOLE BUNCH OF NEW WORDS RIGHT NOW.

  8. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge
    Stop

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh........................ it's so difficult.

    It's like trying to pick your favourite movie, or pair of underpants, or something where you have to pick your favourite something.

  9. Elmer Phud

    re: Meh

    Meh is, apparently, already in a Collins dictionary.

    Does that mean as it's accepted by the Great British Public it can't be part of the list as it's no longer 'street' or whatever those young whippersnappers call it nowadays.

    (And it's accepted by any spell checker lurking on my machine)

  10. H
    Alert

    Why no asshat on the results page?

    'Tain't there, guv!

  11. b

    You spelt

    fanboi wrong

  12. DZ-Jay

    So many to choose from...

    I can't make up my mind! I'm glad to see the resurgence of "chesticles", I had almost forgotten that one.

    P.S. This will probably not go through, if indeed the one month ban is in effect; but if it does... w00t!

    er... damn it!

    -dZ.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Choice Quandary

    Its a pity that my chosen word has no real world application, I'm just not that likely to meet that twatdangler David Blein, as much as I would like to, just so I could address him correctly.

    Oi ... twatdangler

    @re: Meh

    ... Meh

  14. Nemo Metis
    Pirate

    Well..

    I had no choice really but to go for twatdangle, as asshat and fucktards have been in my volcabulary for yonks, and none of the others cried out with the same originality

  15. Pete James

    Not voting

    You haven't included cockwomble.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    wot no !!1!!!11!one!!eleven!!

    Waht do you mean pick One!!1!!!11!onety!eleven!!

    ARGH its all to Hard....

    First round should have been multiple selection, then choose one from the top five..

  17. Calvin Davidson

    You forgot

    "neologism"

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    re: Why no asshat on the results page?

    Because the "quiz" was set up by an asshat?

  19. Brendan Sullivan
    Boffin

    Luser is a NET neologism?

    The Jargon File says it originated ~1975 at MIT on their ITS system, neologism maybe but not exactly a 'net' neologism. Unless you mean Usenet and the Scary Devil Monastery.

    (http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/L/luser.html)

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Happy

    I can't believe...

    ... you left out "goatse".

    As a noun, as a verb, even as an adjective, it has to be the original, most multi-purpose and best!

  21. Bill Gould
    Gates Halo

    I can't believe

    it's not butter.

    Asshats of the world, unite!

  22. Gabor Laszlo
    Flame

    It's Borken, not Borked

    You wouldn't say 'it's broked', would you?

  23. N

    Such a difficult choice

    I voted twice & even laughed at the dry comment when attempting to vote second time round,

    perhaps you should be able to pick up to 5

    & I along with b noted that it should be fanboi

  24. Seaweed

    So

    How many of you used Wikipedia to find out what neologism meant?

  25. Eddie Edwards
    Thumb Up

    @ FAIL

    Fail may not be a new word, but it's a new noun, as in "Your shipment of fail has been delivered."

  26. Christian Berger

    Meh is older

    I have an old fruit bowl here depicting a bag of "MEH".

  27. Steven Knox
    Unhappy

    Sp?

    Fanboy is not a neologism. Fanboi, on the other hand...

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    no wai

    you didn't include:

    nub (the newer version of n00b, newb etc)

    nubcaeks, and any number of other 4chan-isms.

    Meh, i s'pose I'm b& for a month nao.

    :D

  29. kenzie
    Paris Hilton

    RE: Meh

    You beat me to that one! I just heard the other day, disgraceful!

    I voted luser just because I saw it first in the BOFH = ) (after much deliberation)

    Paris, because she's the hottest icon here...

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    @ Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

    "favourite movie, or pair of underpants"

    Is that fovourite move or favourite pair of underpants; or just to pick A pair out of a pile of them.

    I mean; just close your eyes; stick your hand into the pile, and pull out a pair. how hard can that be unless you're planning on going commando?

    Wait a mo'...picking a coat and heading out door.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Chesticles

    That's been in common usage round here for at least thirty years. Is the net really that far behind?

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    how is "MILF" a net neologism?

    see title

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I could well be wrong, but I don't think those are all net neologisms...

    Fanboy I don't know about, but I thought that MILF was populalised by American Pie and chesticles is, I'm almost certain, a Viz gag (or has at least been used as one, probably in the profanisaurus). Not like it matters though, since twatdangle is clearly the best of the lot by a country mile.

  34. Dom
    Happy

    What a load of...

    pollocks...

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Ban Me!

    I can't believe you didn't include...

    Right now go and ban all Anonymous Cowards

  36. Steve

    Well...

    I can't believe ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H wonder why you included "Troll"? It's hardly new, been a Usenet staple for many years.

    Keep feeding...

  37. radian
    Coat

    choice

    Picking just one out of that list was seriously difficult.

    I would've preferred to give a mark out of ten for each.

    Anyway, it's pub time....

  38. Tim
    Thumb Up

    I can't believe it...

    ...they're all so delightfully wrong!

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  40. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Boffin

    Hmmm

    20 entries, but only 16 listed in the results. 10 I could understand - but wait, could the results list be in hex, in which case why isn't the 'source' list 32 - but wait yet again, is this all mere wibble - see how I sneak in the word you didn't want :)

  41. dervheid
    Unhappy

    Asshats!

    You missed out "sheeple"

  42. Jim

    Definitions

    Where are the definitions, man, the definitions ?

    Come my fellow surveytards, will somebody please post the necessary.

  43. Big_Boomer Silver badge
    Heart

    Stoopid Asshats

    I can't believe you didn't include Meanderthal.

    Used to describe anyone texting or on the phone and attempting to walk/cycle/drive at the same time.

    You can ban me but I'll just sneak back in with another LuserName. :-)

  44. George Speller
    Unhappy

    I can't believe . . . .

    . . . you didn't include "grrrrirt"

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    re: re: Meh

    Meh!

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    Chesticles...

    is already a word in common use by...

    (eeek)

    Sarah Kennedy.

    It has been in use by here since approximately God's puberty.

    Should it be here??

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Blackadder and Wibble

    I think the word used in Blackadder was 'Bibble', IIRC something to do with pinning a frog to one's shirt and saying 'Bibble' to passers-by. I don't recall 'Wibble' on Blackadder (correct me if wrong) and Wibble is by far my favourite net neologism.

  48. Dave

    Asshat!

    I even have an asshat icon I use occasionally so I guess it has to get my vote.

  49. Gordon
    Alert

    Fucktard is no Net neologism

    It's been a dependable stalwart of vigorous denunciatian for years, Twatdangle I'll give you though.

    My vote's for wikifiddler, It captures web 2.0 circlejerking in all it's glory.

  50. Steve

    @David Hill

    "old tranny radio"

    Well, whatever next? Ancient lezzie TV ?

  51. Chris G Silver badge

    Sheeple

    Should be included.I can't believe.............

  52. Phil
    Coat

    @Blackadder and Wibble

    IIRC Blackadder goes forth, while trying to avoid the inevitable he attempts to make himself "insane" by putting pencils up his nose, underpants on is head and going wibble.

    And where is fucksocks? maybe I'm behind with the times....oh well banned now...

  53. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Re: Blackadder and Wibble

    "I don't recall 'Wibble' on Blackadder"

    Blackadder Goes Forth, final episode.

    IGMC ..

  54. Daniel B.
    Coat

    b0rked

    I thought that one came in l33tsp33k, as b0rked.

    BTW, what's b0rken? Never heard that version of "b0rked".

    pr0n could've been another neologism (I think it came to be to fool auto-censors) but then, knowing El Reg's readers, that would win hands down. w00t!

    BTW, I prefer the "0wned" original spelling than the more recent "pwned" typo-joke version.

  55. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Tardtard

    Cantard wetard stoptard encouragetard-ing alltard thosetard fucktardtards whotard thinktard addingtard -tardtard totard atard wordtard maketards theirtard opiniontards lesstard irrelevanttard?

  56. Gabor Laszlo
    Boffin

    @ b0rked

    Borken is what you call a piece of kit that stopped functioning in an unspectacular but irreversible manner. It can imply shoddy design or sometimes gross mishandling or user incompetence.

  57. Charlie Clark Silver badge
    Coat

    Bulgarian funbags anyone?

    Surely that's a very popular neologism. Or is it euphemism?

    @ AC with the morning undergarment dilemma: any pair that isn't stuck together will do!

    Mine's the one with the pockets filled with high-gloss "research papers".

  58. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    So many omissions

    Regtards.

    Ban me please, El Reg already soaks up far too much of my time.

  59. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    can't miss this one

    From Wired, we have 'teledildonics'. Who could pass on that, eh?

  60. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not playing

    just like the icons, nothing will happen.

    And frankly those are all quite old hat, times have moved on, and that list is well a bit passe; off target.

    This is the Net things go on a pace a lot faster, grab your slippers and smoking jacket grandpa, try and keep up you laggard.

  61. Ron
    Heart

    Wayback Machine engaged!

    Just to echo what far too many others have said, most of these are years (some decades) old and many did not originate on the interconnected series of tubes.

    I would have voted for "poopsock" had it been present. It's not new either but it's an awesomely gross concept.

    The heart icon doesn't get enough love, so I had to use it.

  62. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In my humble opinion

    Has to be listed as the best quote of the year: "wikifiddler, It captures web 2.0 circlejerking in all it's glory."

    I mean seriously, after a good 20 minutes of pondering and serious introspection, I can't think of any better way to capture the true essence of all that is identified as "web 2.0".

    Bravo Gordon! I tip a pint or 12 in honor of your vision.

  63. E
    Coat

    Some are not neo

    Luser. borked, w00t and troll have been in use for well over a decade. They date back to the days of USENET, before those newfangled *NIX GUIs like X, when real users needed nothing more than a terminal and knowledge - KNOWLEDGE I SAY! - of the *NIX environment.

    Freetard and FAIL are briliant IMNSHO.

    Especially freetard. I know a few people who refuse to use ATI or Nvidia drivers for their video cards because the driver source is not GPL - but they bought the video card?!

    FAIL, despite it's brilliance, is a term I heard from engineering students as far back as 1990. In about 1994 I listened to a most entertaining disquisition from a programmer friend on the subject of why X, in all it's baroque glory, was a fail.

    Mine is the one with memory in the pocket.

  64. Jonathan McColl
    Go

    What about...

    I liked your invention of 'newsgasm' as a word we really needed, unlike many of the ones that are on your list and just sort-of happened over the last decade or so.

  65. RaelianWingnut

    anachroneologistical paradox error at line 3

    Wow, Lester's really got his finger on the pulse!

  66. Gareth Jones Silver badge

    @David Hill

    I would have thought Kenny Everett's use of the word predates Sarah Kennedy. And in the best possible taste.

  67. Anonymous Coward
    Linux

    What?

    Fortunately I don't recognise any of them. Apart from the wife, that is. Oh, and I can't see the Obama smiley in the posting app.

    R.

  68. Gulfie
    Thumb Down

    Hmm...

    Nothing in your list really rings my bell... and some definitely are NOT Netisms.

    How about adding 'Wiitard' to your list? I'm surrounded by them at the moment and they won't shut up about Wii this, Wii that, and surfing to see where they can get their Wii Fit or virtual snowboard...

  69. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    @MahatmaCoat

    > Ban me please, El Reg already soaks up far too much of my time.

    I will kick you in the nuts. Repeatedly. If that will help?

  70. Glyn

    @Chesticles

    Apparently it was invented by Kenny Everett according to the radio prog about him in the week

    Apparently

  71. Fab De Marco

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!

    WTF man where is WTF?????

    Lester you FAIL!

    Love 'em my fav off that list is FAIL. accompanies by an image macro

  72. 2FishInATank

    @ What about...

    I thought that 'newsgasm' was an invention of Chris Morris, used on The Day Today circa 1994....

  73. Jonathan McColl

    Newsgasm and neologgerie

    2FishInATank: I'm happy to be corrected, I'd learnt it through El Reg, so now know it's just as old a neologism as the others.

    How 'old' does a neolog need to be before it isn't one any more? [Rhetorical question, no answer required]

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  75. Bryan W
    Pirate

    wtf noobs!

    Half of those "terms" never originated on the net. They're merely words from pop-culture, over-used by pre-teens on social networking sites and chat channels in a lame attempt at appearing "net-savvy". So much so, that one cannot read a single string of posts without encountering one of the wretched things.

    Of course, I can hardly blame the author for not having the interest required to research their origins. I certainly don't care that much.

    Pwned FTW!

  76. weirdcult
    Thumb Down

    @Asshats! By dervheid

    Sheeple has been around longer than t'interweb. Feckin ancient....like meself

  77. Art Smith
    Alert

    One more choice needed

    You forgot to include "All of the Above"

  78. Ryan Barrett

    ORLY

    ORLY

    Bummed in the Gob

    n00b

    sage

    lulz

    wintard

    macwanker

    aohell

    ...so many goodies missed.

  79. Magilla

    Whoever keeps voting for "meh"...

    ... obviously fails to understand it properly.

  80. Craig
    Heart

    Um

    I don't see how throwing "tard" on the end of a word makes it a net neologism.

    Freetard is maybe passable because, well, it's kinda clever

    But commentard?

    Come on.

  81. DrewHew
    Flame

    When...

    ...do we get to comment on the dumbest fucking words/terms being bandied about all over the Interwebs??????

  82. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    wtf is a podcast

    and how is different from any other kind of bradcasting.

    irks me no end.

    I can accept webcast, but podcast just smacks of trying to appeal to iPod prats who think an iPod is different from any other mp3 player.

  83. Sam Tana
    Jobs Halo

    A podcast is...

    ...the method of delivery (via subscription to an RSS feed), not the actual audio/video thus delivered. That would be a programme.

  84. Jolyon Ralph
    Thumb Up

    wikifiddler?

    I thought the correct scientific term for wikipedia lovers was wikipedophile?

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