FFF 16: Pejorative

“If I write him into my book, I’ll be immortalicizing a douche!”

“Is that a word?”

“Uh, I’m pretty sure the actual word is ‘immortalizing’, not… whatever it was she said.”

“That means I made up a word!”


“How do you spell it?”

“How do you spell the actual word?”


“Then I’m going to spell my version I-M-M… I-M-M-O-R-T-A-L-I-C-I-Z-I-N-G.”

“That’s really not a word.”

“It’s like ‘half-asterisk’.”


“Like… half-assterisk?”

“Yes! Great, isn’t it?”

“That’s actually kind of clever.”

“Will you guys stop talking for a minute? I’m trying to figure out how to write about this guy without actually making it seem like he was important.”

“He was important.”

“He definitely impacted you. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

“Yes, but… douchenozzle!”

“True. Maybe the new word is only pejorative.”


“So… ‘immortalizing’ is a good thing and ‘immortalicizing’ is a bad thing?”

“Yeah, like the difference between ‘awesome’ and ‘awful’.”

“Originally, there was no difference.”

“Exactly my point.”

This post is part of Flash Fiction February.

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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