My column this week proposing “mitticulous”as a new adjective to capture the full-bore ridiculousness of Mitt Romney’s remarks and behavior struck a nerve — but even better, it drew some great reader ideas for other Mitt-inspired additions to the English language.
For starters, several readers said we should add a “d” so that the new word was “mittdiculous” — avoiding any possible positive connotation that the homonym “meticulous” might lend.
Then the fun really began.
How about “mittamorphosis” — defined as changes a candidate will retroactively make to core values in order to be elected president.
Or the zesty, self-explanatory “mittzophrenic.”
Romney’s followers, many readers simultaneously agreed, should henceforth be dubbed “Mittwits.”
Some said Romney’s behavior was so pathetic as to be truly “mittiful.”
“The guy is the village Mitt-iot,” wrote one reader. His actions are thus “mittiotic.”
Another proposed the verb “mittigate” — to minimize or make less significant by dissembling.
Then there’s “Rombastic.” And “Romnesia” — an inability to remember political stances/positions taken by a political candidate, and further, denied by said candidate when presented with proof of said stance/position.
“Mittunderstood" — the inability of Mitt Romney to connect with the 99 percent.
And a few final words for Romney’s propensity for blunders. There’s "mittastrophe" — a major event or occasion designed to impress that has the exact opposite effect. And a philosophical reader urged us all to realize that in a complex world, “Mitt happens, and sometimes Mitt hits the fan.”