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  • n. An often humorous word coined to define something for which no previous word existed; a protologism.


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Coined by American comedian Rich Hall (1954-) for the 1980s television series Not Necessarily the News.


  • A sniglet is a word which should be in the dictionary, but is not.

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  • That'll be a big day: hopefully we'll learn which names we'll be calling the sniglet, then I'll be taking the printout onto a plane as I head to Israel / Gaza that evening.

    Dohiyi Mir

  • One might say I'm even a disciple of Tom Poston, a description for which a "sniglet" has been coined: "Tompostle"


  • Your sniglet sounds a bit more nocturnally athletic than my 9-month-old, though, and for that you have my deepest sympathies.

    Look At Me Not Sleeping | Her Bad Mother

  • Embarrassingly, I remember the sniglet (remember sniglets?) for the place in the atmosphere where missing socks go when the disappear from the dryer: it's called the hozone.

    Coleman Camp: The Missing Ballots Don't Exist; Officials: Yes, They Do

  • That's a seriously excellent sniglet Ian, "apocalycloset".


  • I am a sniglet of hair, trapped in the belly of some monstrous glutton, slowly gathering foodstuffs and dust particles to myself, growing ever more massive and gross, only excised through painful surgery when I am thereupon placed in a glass jar and kept in a museum of medical oddities.

    Writers: Are you a Face-hugger, a Grub, a Maggot, Godzilla, or What?

  • Making the bed gives me a sniglet of peace, an assurance that in relation to other housekeeping negligence that may or may not be evident, at least I've made the bed.

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  • I looked in the sniglet dictionary and marade does not ammear ...

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • And if you are in many ways a much less suspicious baby than your brother was, well, sniglet, I hate to make comparisons but at least Riley slept through the night.

    All & Sundry


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  • I think it's actually meant to be a word that is not in any dictionary, but should be. (Coined--was it really?--by Rich Hall in the 1980s, IIRC.) :)

    Whenever I see the word singlet I assume it must be this word. And of course it isn't.

    August 9, 2008

  • Sniglet--I picture a mean, little, old lady who is a snob and who has a vicious tongue

    that hurts the feelings of others.

    August 9, 2008

  • And speraws--the pinched marks on the ends of hot dogs.

    October 2, 2007

  • I've always been fond of motspur, the one wheel on a shopping cart that won't go the right way, and esso-asso (I forget if there's a hyphen in it or not), for the person who avoids a red light by turning through a corner gas station.

    October 2, 2007

  • My favorite one was Point Blimfark--the moment in a Western movie at which the wheels on the stagecoach looked as if they were turning backwards. We needed a name for that!

    October 2, 2007

  • July 8, 2007