(Note: this is not my old neologism post.  This is a brand-new neologism post.  Fitting, that.)

Cincinnati has been under the weather (ha!  I amuse myself) for over a week.  As of this writing, we have spent all of 2010 in below-freezing temperatures.  And it’s snowing again, for the third day in a row.  Flurries only for Friday and Saturday, but flurries still add up.  We haven’t driven down the driveway since Wednesday.  We need to go out to church on Sunday, so we’ll do a trial run to the store today.

The news media has been all helpful to us, advising us that it’s cold outside, here’s how to stay warm, here’s how to lower your heating bill.

From that last story, the neologism comes in the comments.  I very much like this one:

The word she’s trying to use is inclement.  Bad weather.  Rough, severe weather.  As in, “not clement“.  And yes, this is where we get clemency from.

Barb also rolled incumbent into the mix.  In politics, this is the one who is already in office, the one who has been around for a while.  Sort of like the snow and cold weather we have now.

So I propose making inclumbant into a real, defined, usable word: bad weather that’s been hanging around.  Would not be used to describe sunshiny summer days, or times in October when you could walk through the woods without a jacket, or even the occasional spring thunderstorm.  Inclumbant weather is a piece of weather you don’t want, and it must last longer than two days.  Two days of bad weather is a spell or a stretch of it, but it’s not yet inclumbant.

Now we have to face our worst critics: revisionists who are willing to accept the word but want it spelled differently.  “Look at the two root words!” they proclaim, as if derivation was all.  Sure, on the surface, there can be an argument made for ent over ant.  The definitive “which do I use” page is not clear (nor should it be – this is a new word!).  But I propose leaving it as ant for two reasons.  First, it emerged wholly formed with ant firmly affixed.  Second, the suffix seems out of place, a visual alert to the reader that the word is not either of its parent words.  A sport, if you will.  (definition 6 here, or as reported here and here)

Discussions of whether the B is silent is intentionally left to personal choice and regional dialect.

Inclumbant.  Long may the word live, and soon may the weather change.

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