Condi’s a Verb

Did you know that Condoleezza Rice has made a contribution to Israel?

As Tim McGirk of Time writes:

I feel sorry for Condoleezza Rice. That’s a sad thing to have to say about the secretary of state for a superpower, but let’s face the facts: she’s made 22 trips to Israel during the Bush Administration’s eight years, and she has little to show for it. Israeli TV announcers coined her name as a verb, meaning to go endlessly around in circles, accomplishing nothing.

That verb would be lecondel, derived from her first name.

Which got me thinking about other possible verbs. I’ll start it off:

leobam – to sound good while saying nothing

Now over to you. Hint: the infinitive verb always starts with “le.”

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  • soccer dad

    Now if she could find a nice guy named Irving she could settle down with a gerund.

  • Andrew Brehm






    Aval ani ‘abom. :-)

  • CJrun

    Is lesisyphus taken?

  • ER

    Perfect thesarus entry for lecondel, as defined above, CJrun. I really don’t think, though, that Israel’s got the right primary meaning for lecondel, so I’d like to add another meaning for the dictionary on lecondel: to date rape.

  • Ziv

    leclanten (a variation on Clinton) — which means to live in denial and not knowing when to quit. For example, PM Olmert is leclantening for a long time now.

    lezorer (a variation on Ayelet Zurer) — which means making it big overseas without trying hard. In fact, I wouldn’t mind lezorering a bit myself. ;)

  • ron

    lefink – to rat out or betray your own.


  • Joshua

    labush: to talk out of both sides of your mouth at the same time

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