July 1st, 2006

Complexing

I only got three hours of sleep last night so my conversation this morning was more creative than usual and at one point I told some friends that a 4th of July BBQ where I would see my ex-girlfriend and her three children would be "rich and complexing." "Complexing" is being used as an adjective but clearly derives from the newly invented verb "to complex," which means "to make complex" or "to generate psychological complexes."

This is by no means the best new usage I have created. I once - in a record review - invented the construction "to get depressed at"; as in "I had to leave the room because she kept getting depressed at me."
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