11 Terms Invented by How I Met Your Mother

Last night's episode, "Platonish," wasn't the first to coin a new phrase

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You won’t find the title of last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother in the dictionary — but the doesn’t mean it’s not a specific word for a specific thing. The neologism, Platonish, perfectly sums up that not-quite-platonic relationship status…a status that, if you ask Barney, is true of every single male-female pair of friends who are both single (with one exception).

But platonish isn’t the sitcom’s first foray into the land of the lexicon. The show has a long history of coining words, phrases and concepts. Many of the larger, recurring concepts — the Slap Bet, the Vicky Mendoza Diagonal and the hot/crazy scale, the Bro Code… — have successfully infiltrated pop culture, but the writers also have a knack for turning a smaller phrase and coining new words. Like:

The possimpible
Episode: “The Possimpible,” probably the show’s best single-episode contribution of new words
Definition: That which is beyond the impossible, at the place where the possible and the impossible meet. The episode’s focus on business also produced jargon like connectitude, transformatation and linkativity—and…

Insanulous
Episode: “The Possimpible”
Definition: Insane + ridiculous. (Various spellings accepted.)

Revertigo
Episode: “Sandcastles In The Sand”
Definition: The change that happens to someone’s personality when he or she spends time with someone from his or her past.

Awsful
Episode: “Benefits”
Definition: Awesome + awful; a good way to disguise accidental jubilation.

Desperation Day
Episode: “Desperation Day”
Definition:  Feb. 13, the last day to find someone with whom to spend Valentine’s Day

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Woo Girls
Episode: “Woooo!”
Definition: Single women who go out in large groups and yell “wooo!” a lot—even when nothing is actually exciting them

Steak sauce
Episode: “Life Among the Gorillas”
Definition:  A-1, the tops, the best, awesome.

Superdate
Episode: “Of Course”
Definition: One date that includes “17 dates-worth of romance”

DoWiSeTrePla
Episode: “Dowisetrepla”
Definition: A play on the naming of many New York City neighborhoods, this locale is Downwind of the Sewage Treatment Plant.

And then there’s one that wasn’t actually invited by HIMYM — it shows up on Google’s Ngram viewer as early as 1859 — but gets an honorary mention for having become so associated with the show
Lawyered
Episode: several
Definition: What a lawyer says upon winning an argument

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6 comments
Statsman1
Statsman1

They've also given us:

HIMYMed (HIM-mimm-d), v (past)... "Media entity, generally referred to as 'television show' or 'movie franchise', that continues to be broadcast long after it has become unwatchable.

"After some excellent, then a couple of decent seasons, this show has HIMYMed."

Synonyms: expired, stale, "jumped the shark", "Homeland"


annjoy.viewster
annjoy.viewster

I love neoligisms and creatively combined words. I still remember one from an old movie that made me laugh a lot, "ratburger".

Still, our student community had "neoligisms" that were much funnier, while something like "Possimpible" seems very awkward and hardly pronounceable.