Tuesday, March 29, 2005

cacophoty






I have been doing some research on the use of PowerPoint (specifically in sermons since that's my field). Ok, more to the point - I have seen some pretty bad PowerPoint presentations and been prompted to not be "that guy." So I think I've come up with a new word (or neologism for all you nerds out there).

My new word is: cacophoty n. (ka-KA-foe-tee)An image, moving or still, that is jarring and discordant; visual dissonance. As in: That PowerPoint slide was filled with clip art and bright, conflicting colors - it is a cacophoty.

So it's pretty much a rip off of the pre-existing word: cacophony. I applied my stupendous Greek skills and broke down the work into it's parts: caca (evil, bad) and phony (sound, voice). Then I just replaced 'phony' with 'photy' (light). I know, I know, you are amazed at the breadth and depth of my linguistic knowledge.

So go and use this new word - spread it around the globe. I don't really care if I get credit for it, I just think it would be cool to be watching the news in a couple years and hear them use my word.

Oh, and don't have cacophotous PowerPoints they make me want to scoop out my eyeballs with a soupspoon.

8 comments:

Tim Lewis said...

Nice...I'll share that word with all my friends (and powerpoint enemies) and use that image as the background for all of next sunday's slides.

tabitha jane said...

can you use the work cacophoty in reference to what someone is wearing?

James Wood said...

Absolutely, some people's outfits also make me want to scoop out my eyeballs (I think that's pretty much the litmus test).

Bill said...

I love when people make up new words, and this one is just fits, ya know?

I'm going to start using this right away!

Tim Lewis said...

Thank you for shrinking the image of the ppt background. It makes your blog much less cacophotous.

tabitha jane said...

ooh! timmy, you used it in a sentance!

Big Mike Lewis said...

All I can say to you, James is that I laughed out loud at that Power Point slide...it's THAT funny!

James Wood said...

Wow, thanks. That's a blast from the past - way to reach back into the history of my blog.