MISADELIFY – Wednesday’s Wordapod

So, what would you call it when someone completely screws up another person’s name on an introduction – a la John Travolta at Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast? See below for this brand new Wordapod along with an explanation.



You won’t find “misadelify” in Wordapodia, Volume One: An Encyclopedia of Real Fake Words, but you will find over 250 creative, fun Wordapods.





Misadelify (v) ­–  the act of totally butchering another person’s name during a formal introduction.


Sample Sentence:  I wasn’t too disturbed by not winning the award, but having my name misadelified as Mark Greenbomber really bothered me.


Please Note:  While the bigger the occasion, the greater the misadelification, one can misadelify at any venue where an audience of three or more is present.




This Wordapod owes a debt of gratitude to John Travolta who when introducing Idina Menzel to sing the song “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen, hilariously called her something that was transcribed as Adele Dazeem. Maybe, John’s tongue or brain got frozen?

It’s hard to imagine somebody not preparing to present somebody before an estimated TV audience of hundreds of millions, but he did. This led some (okay, at least this one) pundit to wonder if Travolta was ever as bright as the semi-iconic Sweathog he once portrayed, Vinnie Barbarino. Or, was it Viking Blowernaj?

Kudos to slate.com for capitalizing on Travolta’s huge gaffe; indeed, they have a widget on the preceding link that lets you “Travoltify” any name you type in. And yes, Matthew J. Goldberg comes out to “Michael Jarmes.” Does that rhyme with “charms” or “car fleas?”

This has all been good, clean fun, but please remember to check the correct pronunciation of any name you are about to (mis) pronounce; at least, get it close. If not, and if it’s a big audience, any and all offended parties may never “let it go.”



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