Private: Insinuendos

This post was written by guest blogger Stephany Aulenback.

Emily Yoffe, Slate’s human guinea pig, on her recent experience working as a telephone psychic:

“Carl” wanted to know if his former girlfriend of eight years, who was now involved with another guy, was going to come back to him. I told him the reading said no.

“I don’t understand,” he said. “I call a lot, and I’ve heard all sorts of things. The last time I called I was told we were going to get married and have a kid.”

Oh, dear. I explained to him these were just tarot cards and that no one who reads cards for him has the answer. I asked if he had any reason to think his former girlfriend was interested in getting back together.

“Sometimes she gives insinuendos like that,” he said, coming up with an inspired neologism.

More neologisms, including “netois” and “stuck pig syndrome.”