My mind, my thoughts, my words

A new word is born.

You do that sometimes? Hang around somewhere, not really doing anything, just observing, watching, looking at, fantasising about other people, wondering what their lives might be like and whether your thoughts reflect reality…? So that was a rather long description of a concept that could be explained with one word, right? Be happy to hear then that now there’s a word for this watching-wondering about-observing-looking at-fantasising about-peeping at-other-people: to wolp. Yes. to wolp. (intransitive verb. or maybe you could use it transitively, too (“to wolp at someone“)…!?)


May 11, 2011. The Chaplaincy. Two students. (Linguistics students, obviously.) Procrastinating. A list of words (watch, spy, observe, look at, imagine, thoughts, wonder, peep…), a list of ideas (woslait, slowait, plowsay, sloyay, sloway, soway, owai…) and one outcome: wolp

The best thing about wolp: It works cross-linguistically! (there are only some slight differences in pronunciation)

  • English: to wolp
    I wolp, you wolp, he/she/it wolps, we wolp, you wolp, they wolp
  • German: wolpen
    ich wolpe, du wolpst, er/sie/es wolpt, wir wolpen, ihr wolpt, sie wolpen
  • French: wolper
    je wolpe, tu wolpes, il/elle wolpe, nous wolpons, vous volpez, ils/elles wolpent
  • Spanish: wolpar
    wolpo, wolpas, wolpa, wolpamos, wolpáis, wolpan
  • Italian: wolpare
    wolpo, wolpi, wolpa, wolpiamo, wolpate, wolpano
  • Slovenian: volpati
    jaz volpam, ti volpaš, on/ona volpa, mi volpamo, vi volpate, oni/one volpajo
  • Russian:
  • Arabic:
    w(u)lb(a), yaw(u)lb(u), al-w(u)lb (yes, it is a weak verb but we want to keep it nice and simply, right? so ‘regular’ conjugation it is!)

(and the list goes on… (!))


Spread the word. Literally.


(co-“word-inventor”/writer: Jan Savinc)

One comment on “A new word is born.

  1. Gina

    Yeaii it’s been added to the Urban Dictionary: 🙂

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