The algorithm of dish-washing


Back in the 80s, the brother of a friend of mine had an idea. “My brother came up with a word he was going to sell to the tire industry for millions of dollars,” says my friend. The word? “Gription”.

Turns out, he was ahead of his time. “Gription” is here! A quick Google search found that “gription” is now used to describe the feel of a golf-club shape, a brand of kid’s football (pictured above), and particularly hideous style of sandals.

Now I want to invent a word too. Any good ideas? Send ‘em in, and I’ll post them!

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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