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What the Deuce Does Huffaloftus Mean?

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Today we continue with Made-It-Up Mondays where I throw out a 100% made-up word and ask you to:

  • define it
  • provide its part of speech, and
  • use the word in a sentence that indicates how the word could be used.

Why? Because it’s fun.

And because someone gave me the book The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words From Around the World.

When I can’t find the right word on the word-shelf to fit my mood or predicament, I just make one up.

The last time we did this the word was “grievenstall”. While several people guessed the word was a verb, having to do with intense grief, one person understood that it also had to do with a car when she tapped out this sentence:

My sad little sedan went and grievenstalled this morning.

Here’s the real story behind the word. I used to date a guy with an orange VW Bug. It was a great little Farfenugen. Except it used to stall all the time for no apparent reason. It drove me nuts. Eventually, he dumped me and got a new girlfriend. And I found I actually missed his dumb VW. One day, I was crying about the end of our relationship and someone asked me what was wrong, and it just slipped out: “I’m in a grieve and stall!” Now any time I’m in a car that stalls (or I see an orange VW Bug), I shout: “Grievenstall!”  —  really loud.

Tori Nelson is the smartypants who got both the grief and the car. Go and check out her blog The Ramblings. She is funny. And, in addition to other things, she is doing a thing called “My Very Bloggy Wedding” which is coming up in April 2012! Enjoy!

I’d like to continue alphabetically, but don’t have a made-up “H” word.

I know, weird, right?

So I’m really going to make one up and then just pick the definition/sentence combo that I love the best.

So this month’s 100% made-up word is:


What the heck is that? Define it. And give me a sentence in which you show me how you would use it.

You know, if it were a real word. 😉

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26 thoughts on “What the Deuce Does Huffaloftus Mean?

  1. Huffaloftus. Noun. A state of being angry, especially if you are a large Muppet. Example: “Snuffleupagus was in a huffaloftus when he thought Big Bird took his favorite toy.”

  2. V: It is the process of blowing enough hot air that legislative matters go over our heads to keep us both misinformed and uninformed. Senator”play with interns and get bribes from megacorps” Lewis Howell huffaloftused the public again by adding 200 pages to the 27,000 page US tax code for 2012.

  3. Huffaloftus: Any event that involves getting suckered into helping a friend move heavy, awkward furniture up several flight of stairs to a loft apartment. “Oh man, it was the worst! He had us move his piano up seven flights, it was a real huffaloftus.”

  4. Huffaloftus (n.): the moment of realization that something you believed true is revealed to be false. Example: “My worst huffaloftus was not Santa, but the realization that Snuffleupagus is fake.”

  5. Huffaloftus: (n) The King of the Heffalumps; the loftiest of them all. Example: When Pooh wanted to demand his honey be returned to him, the snarky minion Heuffalumps told him he’d have to take it up with the Heffaloftus.

  6. Huffaloftus – n. a person who is full of themselves and quotes Huffington Post a lot. Even though I agree with many of his opinions, Derek is an insufferable Huffaloftus.

  7. Haha. I never win. This is as close to victory as I might ever come! Thanks, lady 🙂 Of course, I’ve used up all my smart cells and have NO clue what a huffaloftus might be. Best guess? n: a person who huffs because people are generally beneath her. Ex: The snooty huffaloftus is perturbed to spend an afternoon at the market with common people.

  8. Huffaloftus: (adj/n) – The feeling a woman gets as she experiences a horrible asthma attack with no inhaler. And while huffing and puffing along the way, chases her wild-children (who are under the influence of sugar), as they romp around The LOFT (trying on every garment they come by, as if they are clowns in a circus giving their silliest performance ever to the staff who are either shaking their heads or laughing), and who, finally stops to gawk at the pricing of lovely merchandise which is well over her budget, BUT finally on sale, one day only.

    The mother felt like a complete huffaloftus after leaving The LOFT, but she came away with a bag full of great stuff, so it was worth every ounce of hulabaloo she had do endure for the sake of affordable fashion.

    I’m not sure this one should be an adj or a noun??? LOL.

  9. Huffaloftus: a fit of anger which increases your altitude.

    Once Shirley calmed down she found her huffaloftus had deposited her atop the bureau.

  10. Huffaloftus: (n) The loft area in a ritzy restaurant where snobbish customers insist on dining.

    Server1: “You know that snooty couple that comes in here on Tuesdays?”
    Server2: “The ones who demand the best table in the huffaloftus?”
    Server1: *nods* “They’d better tip me well tonight!”

  11. Love this idea. Just love it.


    N. A person at the gym who is consistently and somewhat comically out of breath (and perhaps out of shape), but who has a fierce commitment to the ideals of creating a healthier lifestyle.

    When I see a huffaloftus on the elliptical, I feel a little awed at the effort she’s putting into her routine.

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