Listling With Minor Commentary: 21 Words You Invented to Describe Autostraddle

Autostraddle recently conducted a reader marketing survey and attained over 3,000 responses. One of the open-ended questions on the survey asked the survey-taker for “one word” to describe Autostraddle. 443 said “awesome.”  Some permutation of the word “awesome” were about a third of total answers, including 24 “awesomesauce”s.

There were more people who said “AWESOME” in all caps than people who answered the second highest word, “informative.”

The top ten answers were: awesome, informative, amazing, fun, gay, entertaining, funny, interesting, hilarious, and queer.

This is the word cloud with “awesome” and “informative” in it:

This is the word cloud with those removed to make room for the little guys:

About 150 of you invented your own words. Many of those inventions simply contained an entire sentence without spaces between words, such as “sexylesbianfilledcanofwhipcream,” “MARKETABLESOONTOBEMONEYMAKINGMACHINE,” “evanrachelwoodbisexual” and “lafashionweek” but many of them were just entirely new words altogether!

Today we’d like to share some of these interesting adaptations of the English language with you.

21 Words You Invented to Describe Autostraddle:

1. Cuntilicous
2. GAYMAZING
3. Informalarious
4. Huggly
5. Straddelicous
6. Lesbimagical
7. Fabawesomesaucetastic
8. Relatablemazeballs
9. Gayyyyyass
10. dykedelic
11. infosexual
12. autoheaven
13. informativeorgasm
14. amazeboobs!
15. LESBIANRIFICK
16. uberradhomotastic
17. unicorny
18. rieseble/laneianian
19. awesomecarebearloveyouforeveryouaresaviorsbrillianceness
20. homoawsomesplosion
21. braingasmic


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Riese is the 33-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York City, and now lives in The Bay Area. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are!

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    I can definitely see myself using dykedelic and infosexual in my everyday life, actually not sure how I managed to communicate up til now without these words

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    Dykedelic is from Bring It On. The scene when they’re in the car and Eliza Dushku goes to one of the guys, “You speak fag?” and he goes, “Fluently.” And she goes, “And Courtney & Whitney, dykedelic?”

    Sorry if I am raining on parades. I love that movie.

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    English is such a wonderful language in so many ways, as evidenced by the fluid creativity on display here by AS readers. Having just returned from five years abroad in Germany, however, I am still just reveling in how good awesome feels in my mouth or at the tip of my fingers. I have loved this word since 9th grade, and we have grown together, and it has taken on cosmos’ of feeling and nuance. So when I say Autostraddle is awesome, I so wicked totally mean it in ways I can hardly describe. Just, you know, fyi. I am however willing to expand to perhaps Awesomestraddle, or Straddleawesome. Thank you Awesomestraddle.

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    huggly and amazeboobs! are going into my everyday vocabulary. Everytime someone says amazeballs I’m like really who thinks balls are amazing? Not even guys. On the other hand pretty much everyone thinks boobs are amazing. It just makes more sense.

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      Not all of the responses are in the word cloud; it’s just the “significant” ones, which I think equates to ~10 responses or so for the smallest readable ones.

      My favorite of all the answers was “sprezzatura.” Also, “infosexual.”

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