My Most Enthusiastic Contrafibularities

I was never sure whenever I watched Ink & Incapability if all the words Blackadder used were real, or if, as I mostly suspected, they were neologisms.

-Every single one, sir?
-Every single word, sir!
Well, in that case, sir, I hope you will not object if I also offer the Doctor
my most enthusiastic contrafribblarities

You have to admire the mangling of the subtitles here, even on a made up word. Is that how it was written on the page? Because that’s not really what he says.

Let’s see what else …

Oh, I’m sorry, sir. I’m anaspeptic, phrasmotic,
even compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation.
Leaving already, Doctor? Not staying for your pendigestatory interludiclue?

They’re all made up of course, but their roots and meaning can be derived.

Contrafibularities for example, against one’s leg (mainly) – to mean offering congratulations in a sarcastic manner.

Anaspeptic, (ana, meaning back up, peptic meaning stomach) can be throwing up.

Phrasmotic and compuntuous are both compound neologisms. So, frazzled and spasmodic, and compuctuous and contemptuous.

Peri, meaning go around, with (dis)combobulation, to make going around in confusing circles.

The last one clearly is snack break.

Must have been a fun afternoon coming up with all of these, not mention interfrastically and extramuralisation.

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