The train has been replatformed

This week I’m on holiday and spending most of it with my parents in the wilds of Lancashire in the northwest of England. Yesterday, while waiting for a train, I heard an announcement about a different train being ‘replatformed’. This word caught my attention because it sounded quite strange, and even though I’d never heard before, I knew exactly what it meant.

Have you heard any strange new words recently?

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4 Responses to The train has been replatformed

  1. Podolsky says:

    While using wireless internet I came across the word “contactivity”: limited or no contactivity. True, I am not a native speaker of English, but I’ve read a lot. I believe it’s a new word.

  2. Simon says:

    Contactivity sounds like a blend of contact and connectivity, so I suppose it means being able to keep in contact and being connected (to the web).

  3. Joseph Staleknight says:

    Sounds more like a complonym: A complex word used to describe what could’ve been said in simpler terms. One example: “panarchy” for totalitarianism.

    Or is that the other way around?

  4. Chase Boday says:

    I get irritated by the recent popularity of the term “dialoging”. It’s a little pretentious, I think. What happened to ‘talking’ or ‘chatting’ or ‘trying to convince’.

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