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Barbie’s New Word

Well, following in the steps of such great linguistic geniuses as Stephen Colbert (truthiness), Pat Riley (three-peat) and even William Shakespeare (bedazzled and circumstantial) our Barbie girl has added to the English language with her own word creation.

Last night as we were sitting around watching the new Shark Week: 20th Anniversary DVD that I had picked up I noticed that Barbie had turned into Sleeping Beauty, as duly noted in previous blog posts as to what happens when the television is on.  As the episode Shark Attack Survivors was ending, and the extremely late time of 8.45pm, Barbie stirred a little and said ‘Shall we watch another episode?’

I sort of looked cock-eyed at Barbie and went ‘Or we just go to bed since you’re sleeping already.  I can easily read a book.’

‘But I’m not sleeping.  We can watch another episode’, was Barbie’s answer.

Again I looked at her rather askew, and went ‘Um, your eyes were closed and you missed half the episode.’

‘Maybe, but I wasn’t sleeping.  I was in my pre-sleep before I go to bed’

Ok, I’ll admit that I’m not Mr. Oxford or anything, but even I know that pre-sleep isn’t a proper word … so I called her out on it.
‘Pre-sleep?  That’s not even a word.  Its called sleeping or napping.  Not pre-sleeping.’

‘Well, it should be a word.  And I’m going to make it a word!’

So ladies and gentlemen here it is, Barbie’s new word and its corresponding definition for the new English word Pre-sleep

pre-sleep –  The act of sleeping outside of the bedroom and in no greater than 60 minutes prior to one’s bedtime.  Pre-sleeping most often occurs on a couch while a television program is broadcasting in the background.



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