Furgling, Dringle, Fumb - from Oxford Dictionary’s ‘non words’ vault

August 7th, 2010 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Aug 7 (ANI): Furgling - the act of fumbling in pockets for keys or loose change. No, you will not find this entry in the Oxford dictionary because it belongs to its ‘non words’ vault.

The Oxford English Dictionary apparently has a vault of ‘non-words’, which have been deemed unfit for use and relegated to the background - unless they enter common parlance in future.

As a part of his project, graphic designer Luke Ngakane from Kingston University, London, found hundreds of such words.

“It’s a very hush, hush vault and I struggled to find out information about it because it is so secretive,” The Herald Sun quoted him as saying.

“They did send me some examples and I picked out the words that resonated with me and really seemed to fit the purpose they were intended for,” he added.

But if fans want them to make an official entry into the dictionary, they will have to begin using them frequently enough and spread the trend.

“I don’t like calling them reject words because we will revisit them at some point and they may well go in. There’s not enough evidence that people are using them,” Oxford English Dictionary’s Fiona McPherson said.

Some other ‘non words’:

Dringle: The watermark left by a glass of liquid.

Earworm: A catchy tune that often gets stuck in your head.

Pregreening: To creep forwards while waiting for a red light to change.

Wikism: A piece of information that claims to be true but is wildly inaccurate. (ANI)

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