Word of the Day

12.10.2010 | 10:17 am

One of the best things about language is that it is constantly adapting, evolving. As new words become necessary, they are invented or otherwise created, then — slowly but surely — incorporated into everyday use.

Generally, this happens when an idea for a thing (or modifier of a thing) or action exists, but there is no existing term corresponding to that idea.

Having been dieting for 10 days, I find myself having coined a word:

fiberrhea [fie-buh-ree-uh] (noun). An intestinal disorder brought about by the sudden and dramatic increase of intake of raw fruits and vegetables, especially of those very, very high in fiber.

I am not sure why this word has taken so long to be invented, but I’m happy to have created it. I guess.


  1. Comment by Zeeeter | 12.10.2010 | 10:28 am

    That’s so much more detail than I needed at this time of the morning, although I understand completely!

  2. Comment by briebecca | 12.10.2010 | 10:37 am

    A gem of a word. I shall start using it on a semi-regular basis when I’m not so regular. Hey.. I just made a joke..

  3. Comment by Ken | 12.10.2010 | 10:43 am

    I don’t think there is ENOUGH detail. Needs a little more about what the disorder results in :) Perhaps describe the “-rhea” part of the word – lol

  4. Comment by Skip | 12.10.2010 | 10:44 am

    I think it needs a wiki page!! Fatty, are you getting any of your emails? I’ve been emailing like crazy, but no replies…

  5. Comment by Skippy | 12.10.2010 | 10:45 am

    Invented my own whilst on tour.


    As in “you’ve been skippified” !

    Usually used it with the racers on Rest days when i had caught up with them after having turned about having chanced on them as i was toottling along checking out the area.

    Maybe ” tootling” is another ?

  6. Comment by Skippy | 12.10.2010 | 11:09 am

    Whilst telemarking today i broke a buckle on the boot whyich is an older style(maybe 20yrs old), 2 buckle Garmont Telemark boot. Already checked their website but think that someone in your wide readership may have other helpful ideas to help find replacement. Reply to @skippydetour or skippi@ausi.com please.

  7. Comment by SteveS | 12.10.2010 | 11:10 am

    This is better than Sarah Palin’s word “refudiate”

  8. Comment by GenghisKhan | 12.10.2010 | 11:19 am

    Thar she blows…. Ahem.

  9. Comment by NoTrail | 12.10.2010 | 11:28 am

    That’s completely delightagious!

    Delightagious [dih-lahy-tey-juhs] (adjective)
    “Highly pleasing entity, object, or creation which tends to spread quickly from person to person.”

  10. Comment by anonymous | 12.10.2010 | 11:36 am

    does that mean the rhea sisters are now a threesome?

  11. Comment by muskyhunter | 12.10.2010 | 11:37 am

    it’s all part of the dieting ritual

  12. Comment by flat-tired | 12.10.2010 | 11:39 am

    is this an additonal method of weight reduction?

  13. Comment by KanyonKris | 12.10.2010 | 11:43 am

    And you haven’t been offered a fellowship at Oxford? Outrageous.

  14. Comment by Nom | 12.10.2010 | 11:54 am

    I came up with one recently:hysterectical, someone who is hysterical even after she’s had a hysterectomy.

  15. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 12.10.2010 | 1:23 pm

    Mix in a little caffeine and the fun just gets better!

  16. Comment by Bees | 12.10.2010 | 1:47 pm

    Here in MN, “Biff” (the name of the local porta-potty rental company used at most races) has become a verb and noun in the endurance community.

  17. Comment by Kathy McElhaney | 12.10.2010 | 1:57 pm

    This also results after too many bowls of Raisin Bran. In the past I’ve called it Fiber Overload, but fiberrhea is much better.

  18. Comment by Bruce Bebow | 12.10.2010 | 3:14 pm

    Fatty, will there be a Team Fatty 2011 for LiveStrong Challenge? I can’t find any recent, related posts… The reduced registration fee ends when December does. Thanks!

  19. Comment by AllisonH | 12.10.2010 | 5:37 pm


    As in ANOTHER ginormous box of Girl Scout cookies has arrived at my house today. [Ref: cruel fate #1: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3831246 ]

    WTF? This has ridden past cruel and is sprinting toward surreal. I am beginning to wonder if I am being secretly filmed for some twisted reality TV show.

    This second ginormous box came with more cases of Thin Mints, PLUS Samoas, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes and Dulce de Leche (blech on the last). Thank dawg no Do-si-dos…. the closest thing I have to cookie kryptonite.

    Okay, this settles it. Water weight or not, I’m claiming the 10# lost so far as “real”. I have to be able to hold onto something!

  20. Comment by Jenni | 12.10.2010 | 6:49 pm

    Bruce and anyone else interested:

    Register for the Livestrong event as an individual. You can join a team later, but it will get you in at the lower rate. I’m already registered and doing it this way was Livestrong’s instructions when I contacted them directly.

  21. Comment by roan | 12.10.2010 | 8:24 pm

    Here I sit pen in hand, paper at the ready but your abilities have left me with an intestial fortude blockage.Such fortunity tells me that I can not even attempt to fathom the depths of your thought process.
    I just hope things come to pass soon.

  22. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 12.10.2010 | 8:51 pm

    Ha! Good point!

  23. Comment by stuckinmypedals | 12.10.2010 | 11:29 pm

    I laughed so hard it caused me further intestinal disorders. What do you call that?

  24. Comment by Squirrelhead | 12.11.2010 | 2:23 am

    I am experiencing this much more than I would have liked. I am testing the effects of wine against this attack. So far so good.

  25. Comment by the hobbit | 12.11.2010 | 5:59 am

    I think I used that word in scrabble last week.

  26. Comment by RachelGio | 12.11.2010 | 1:16 pm

    been there, had that!

  27. Comment by Bridget in Minnesota | 12.11.2010 | 1:46 pm

    Our daughter coined the word “softarrhea”…so much more polite-sounding!

  28. Comment by BIKING JIM | 12.11.2010 | 6:26 pm

    ***Fatty i’m right there with you, thank you for giving a name to my pain- BIKING JIM

  29. Comment by Uncle Pete | 12.12.2010 | 12:39 pm


    My suggestion would be to look around/search the threads on the telemarktips forums and possibly post something if you don’t find what you’re looking for. Buckle stuff comes up once in a while and I suspect someone on there can point you to somewhere local to you to get it fixed if not some other reasonable option for repair.

  30. Comment by MrDaveyGie | 12.12.2010 | 9:30 pm

    Ya know what they say about ‘fiberrhea’ it is hereditary, it runs in the genes (jeens)

  31. Comment by MOCougFan | 12.13.2010 | 9:36 am

    Hellarious. As always.

  32. Comment by Dan | 12.13.2010 | 11:42 am

    Monday weighin. Not a good week. At least I did not gain!
    Start – 196
    12/06 – 192
    12/13 – 192

  33. Comment by Kary | 12.13.2010 | 2:55 pm

    Monday 12/13 weigh in>
    Starting weight: 194.6
    12/6: 192.4
    12/13: 189.7
    total loss 4.9

  34. Comment by SOFH | 12.13.2010 | 8:22 pm

    Initial 241
    12/6 242 (Happy Birthday to me!)
    12/13 240 (-1)

    I may have to plan on massive, continual, diarrhea if I have any chance of pulling this off.

  35. Comment by Patrick | 12.14.2010 | 4:42 am

    Starting 216, Monday weight, 215.8. I’ve lost 0.2 freakin’ lb’s!


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