Wardrobe rage results in new word

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 3:03 PM

I invented a new word today.  Pantrum. It happened quite by accident but I’m really rather pleased with it. 

I was telling someone at an Athena networking lunch about my wardrobe crises that morning.  I knew what I wanted to wear but couldn’t find it. In a fit of temper I threw everything out of my wardrobe, and tipped the contents of two drawers onto the floor too. 

Didn’t help.  Almost everything I have is black and so was the thing I was looking for. it was a bit like finding a black needle in a black haystack. 

Anyway, I was trying to say I’d had a tantrum but it somehow got mixed up with having a paddy. So that’s how pantrum was born AND it’s a portfolio word to boot.  Well, it’s more of a word than web 2.0 – the supposed one millionth word to appear English. 

As well as describing what I did,  think it sounds like how I felt, ie pants, and it perfectly describes what the black mountain of screwed up things looks like on my floor – also pants.


It actually feels good to say too  – especially if you do it with a bit of intent. Give it a try!



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