On Today’s Word Coinage

I had to coin a word today.


I was writing some dialogue. Two characters were talking about a situation that had gone horribly wrong. “It went south,” as one might say.

But then the situation, which really couldn’t or shouldn’t have gotten any worse, did.

Saying it went “further south” didn’t work. It was so much worse than that.

So, the character, being a scientific, though puckish, sort, said the situation “went hyper-south. Four-dimensional. Like a hypercube. Hyper-south.”

Sometimes, you don’t know quite what is going to come out when you start writing.


Use it in conversation! 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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