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Anyone in a coining mood? If one

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 18, 2007

Anyone in a coining mood? If one doesn’t already exist, there needs to be a term for writing a blog comment or Twitter update, thinking better of it, and then discarding it by closing the browser tab without clicking “Post”. As in: “Jason, I would have responded to this post in the comments, but I ________ it instead.” Any ideas?

Reader comments

RyanDec 18, 2007 at 1:45PM

Sounds like you “backed out” to me. Not a new word, but we don’t always need new words.

Steve IvyDec 18, 2007 at 1:46PM

Perhaps “abandoned”?

dennisDec 18, 2007 at 1:46PM


Michael PlanteDec 18, 2007 at 1:47PM


From my time working in restaurants as a server and as a waiter, the term “eighty-six” is what we would use to cancel something.

As in, ” Hey eighty six that order of ribs, the customer wants a steak instead.”

Further bolstering of the 86 cause.

BillDec 18, 2007 at 1:47PM

The word that popped in my head was popped (as in balloon)

Michael PlanteDec 18, 2007 at 1:47PM


From my time working in restaurants as a server and as a waiter, the term “eighty-six” is what we would use to cancel something.

As in, ” Hey eighty six that order of ribs, the customer wants a steak instead.”

Further bolstering of the 86 cause.

Also this.

SamuelDec 18, 2007 at 1:49PM

“Shrugged” came to mind. As in, “How do I feel about this post? *shrug*”

Doesn’t really apply to posts abandoned because one thought better, as opposed to abandoning over apathy. So we’d need another name for that, perhaps.


Leo KennisDec 18, 2007 at 1:49PM


TedDec 18, 2007 at 1:51PM


john weeksDec 18, 2007 at 1:51PM

I like de-sponded!

How bout “fragged” To kill one of your own.

William SafireDec 18, 2007 at 1:52PM

Simple enough - “clabbed” as in “close-tabbed”. Rhymes with crabbed.

scottDec 18, 2007 at 1:53PM

pizza upskirt?

DougDec 18, 2007 at 1:53PM

“Jason, I would have responded to this post in the comments, but I shrat it instead.”

shredded + shit = shrit

john weeksDec 18, 2007 at 1:54PM

commit commenticide.

ScottDec 18, 2007 at 1:54PM

Postus interruptus?

EamonDec 18, 2007 at 1:55PM

“Effoured”. As in Alt+F4, for Windows folks. Alternately, “Kit-wubbed” for Ctrl+W.

DerekDec 18, 2007 at 1:55PM

I’ve always used “exed.” “Ah crap, I exed it.”

benDec 18, 2007 at 1:55PM

i guess “defenestrated” only works on a PC…

Justin WattDec 18, 2007 at 1:55PM

Ctrl-W’ed it? Nuked it?

p.s. Jason, when I press Tab in the URL box to toggle to the “Post comments” button, the page jumps up to the top…

ErikDec 18, 2007 at 1:55PM

Clorked. click + bork

“Jason, I would have responded to this post in the comments, but I clorked it instead.”

Michael SippeyDec 18, 2007 at 1:57PM

I would have posted my new coinage, but then thought better of it. (Thank you, I’ll be here all week.)

PercyDec 18, 2007 at 2:01PM

I thought of “nuked” first and then “trashed” but the focus is on the fact that the comment or update goes into a digital black hole. Maybe “suctioned” or “vaccumed” would work better. I’d better stop now and post this comment.

KenDec 18, 2007 at 2:01PM

“cwop” (closed without posting). “I was going to comment but I cwopped out instead.”

JenniferDec 18, 2007 at 2:01PM

Bilked. It’s a real word, but possibly appropriate. You cheat someone out of your words, assuming that it won’t be appropriate or others won’t be interested. If that’s not the case, an alternate definition applies, as you evade or escape from writing something potentially meh.

annDec 18, 2007 at 2:01PM

…but I bleeped it…

it’s gone

Marcus FrödinDec 18, 2007 at 2:02PM

Easy: Pop! As in: “I was gonna write you a comment, but i popped it. Understandable by nerds and gangster alike.

Adam LisagorDec 18, 2007 at 2:02PM

Dry heaved.

I was going to say ‘pizza upskirt’ but somebody named scott beat me to it.

zanDec 18, 2007 at 2:02PM

I, like Derek above, have always said “I exed it.” But I’m warming to “de-sponded”…

KarlDec 18, 2007 at 2:02PM

I like de-sponded as well, but my contribution is “cansed” (combo of cancel and closed).

John HarringtonDec 18, 2007 at 2:03PM

It sounds like you “squibbed” it.

DeanDec 18, 2007 at 2:03PM

I was initially going to suggest “depost” or “unpost”, but that made me think of “compost”, which is intriguing because of the connotation that the original post was garbage so you’re going to recycle it. :-) It would probably only work if you used the verb “post” earlier in the sentence, as in “I was going to post an angry reply, but decided to compost it instead.” On second thought, it might just be confusing…

Lance WillettDec 18, 2007 at 2:04PM

+ 1 for “nuked”

You could also combine “blog” and “nuke” to make bluked. Another variation would be “click” plus “nuke” to get cluked (similar to Erik’s “clorked”).

Eric GoebelbeckerDec 18, 2007 at 2:04PM

“disposted” ?

JoeDec 18, 2007 at 2:04PM

blue-balled it

pthimonDec 18, 2007 at 2:05PM

Doesn’t “scrapped” cover it?

Or maybe “snubbed”, just because it sounds good.

michaelDec 18, 2007 at 2:10PM


as in a check-swing in baseball

ScottXDec 18, 2007 at 2:11PM

I always tell myself I’m tabling the motion/post/tweet.

scragzDec 18, 2007 at 2:14PM

Desponded FTW.

Stefan HaydenDec 18, 2007 at 2:14PM

I feel like the term will be able to ring more true if we think less of the action needed (closing the tab) and more on what you are really trying to accomplish along with how this differers from the real world.

I like to think these comments / posts would have been things we *would* have said if we were face to face and then wished we could take back to save our selves embarrassment.

With the wonder of the internet we get to type it out and then think about it to see if it’s too mean or not helpful.

With the ideas of embarrassment and wanting to quietly pass on I think perhaps the idea of suicide maps to what you are trying to do. Which gives us this:

“Jason, I would have responded to this post in the comments, but I decided to commit commentcide instead.”

but perhaps it’s not catchy enough.

BoazDec 18, 2007 at 2:15PM

“chicken out”? usually that’s why you discard a comment after typing, as you found it not worth while, redundant, or meaningless… all in your head out of fear.

PeteDec 18, 2007 at 2:17PM

I defragulated it…

ChrisDec 18, 2007 at 2:20PM

I nearly “mucked” this idea.

ryanDec 18, 2007 at 2:22PM


Lex FriedmanDec 18, 2007 at 2:24PM

I vote for “W’d.” Pronounced, “Double-you’d.” Referencing the key-command to close the window.

gwintDec 18, 2007 at 2:25PM

Did you comment? I was going to, but decided to commain’t instead.

brockDec 18, 2007 at 2:29PM

slog - slogged - slogging

JoshDec 18, 2007 at 2:31PM

“Pulled out”

As in…uh…you can figure it out.

RussDec 18, 2007 at 2:32PM

“Blerg”, a la 30 Rock.

aliotsyDec 18, 2007 at 2:32PM

“DNS’ed”, as in “Did Not Save”.

Of course, “DNS” is already a well-known web acronym, so perhaps “DNP’ed” could be used instead (“Did Not Post”).

reviewstewDec 18, 2007 at 2:35PM

I second “cwopped” - has vague connotation of “copped out” in my mind too.

Cade RouxDec 18, 2007 at 2:36PM


RussDec 18, 2007 at 2:37PM

The thinking on “blerg” would be that you’re either not expressing yourself as you wanted (prompting a frustrated exclamation), the initial impetus left you (a deflated, resigned utterance), or time isn’t available (a flustered, harried cry), for any of which Tina Fey would say “blerg”.

JoshDec 18, 2007 at 2:39PM

How about a conflation of toss and post?

I’ll leave the spelling up to you but I’d pronounce it “toast.”

philcoDec 18, 2007 at 2:42PM

retracted it.
toasted it.
closeted it.
swatted it.
twatted it.
kicked it.
got over it.
threw up a little in my mouth.

paulski.mcbDec 18, 2007 at 2:42PM


MikeDec 18, 2007 at 2:46PM

“resisted it”. As in, did not submit (get it?) :-)

HillaryDec 18, 2007 at 2:47PM

hahaha — I was going to post a reply, but then i got over it

danDec 18, 2007 at 2:54PM

I agree with “chickened out”

CamiloDec 18, 2007 at 3:00PM

You want it to be a known verb, in English perhaps, regular, so it can be easily conjugated in the passive voice, and used with the ‘ed suffix. Also, you need something that plays well with the LOLcats syntax.

I had a comment, but I ated it.

travisDec 18, 2007 at 3:01PM

It might be Twitter-specific, but you could have “twix’d” it.

Twitter + nix’d = twix’d

GuyDec 18, 2007 at 3:02PM

… but I “nahed”

As in do I really want to post this? Nah.

Although I like cwoped it to.

TMQDec 18, 2007 at 3:04PM

Dinged it.

B. RobertDec 18, 2007 at 3:06PM

Dispost, Disposted.

AprilDec 18, 2007 at 3:10PM

If you closed out a page, you X-ed. Nothing needs to be made up, its already being used.

LennyDec 18, 2007 at 3:20PM

“I composed a Twitter post as I was sneaking into Disney World after hours, but thought better and flushed it.”

PJDec 18, 2007 at 3:24PM


NiallDec 18, 2007 at 3:25PM


DustinDec 18, 2007 at 3:26PM

Think of all the self-referential jokes that were about to be submitted

GregDec 18, 2007 at 3:34PM

Maybe you banished it to Tumbolia?

Unsure how that should be verb’d, though.

acDec 18, 2007 at 3:35PM

firewalled it

Mark JaquithDec 18, 2007 at 3:42PM

had a near-post experience.
passted (passed + posted).

TarikBDec 18, 2007 at 3:42PM

Deposted - It just feels like it was meant to be a word.

tesDec 18, 2007 at 3:43PM

distabbed it.

William DunnDec 18, 2007 at 3:49PM

er, what’s wrong with the perfectly descriptive journalistic slang: “spike?”

As in: “I would have responded to this post in the comments, but I spiked it instead

fourstarDec 18, 2007 at 3:50PM

“twattered” (as opposed to Twittered…)

Dan DickinsonDec 18, 2007 at 3:50PM


Non-comment, no-comment, nom nom nom - it works on multiple levels.

David AllenDec 18, 2007 at 4:06PM

I think scuttled has a nice ring to it

Sterling CamdenDec 18, 2007 at 4:16PM

Since the action is one of a completed form not being submitted, perhaps:


I often go long-hand and say that I “prevented a premature e-joculation”

JeremyDec 18, 2007 at 4:21PM

In true sniglet fashion, I like flosted (flow-sted, FLushed and pOSTED).

As for non-sniglet orientation, I like the non-word dissed, or, as already mentioned, the word flushed. They both roll off the tongue in a harsh way that connotes destruction. Plus they’re well-known enough to impart the proper contextual clues for the uninitiated.

spizzDec 18, 2007 at 4:21PM

maybe twished

pauldwaiteDec 18, 2007 at 4:28PM

I like “effoured”. I’d change “kit-wubbed” to “kwubbed”.

I really like “I ated it”. ’Cos it sounds a bit like “I 8ed it”, bringing in 86.

Matt WilliamsDec 18, 2007 at 4:42PM

Seems there should also be a word for the communication happening to alert you that the original communication was *unposted*(?).

Nothing comes to mind yet though.

progoskDec 18, 2007 at 4:44PM

no one else for “preleted”?
“deposted” then, i guess.

TimDec 18, 2007 at 4:46PM


Boggle + waffle = boffle.

“Jason, I would have responded to this post in the comments, but I boffled.”

Boggle: to hesitate or shy away.

Waffle: to change one’s mind.

Ron K JeffriesDec 18, 2007 at 4:49PM

“Pulled out” comes to mind.

DH.Dec 18, 2007 at 4:56PM

I was thinking of “nah” as well, but I mashed it with comment to make:

“I would have responded to this post in the comments, but I nahmented it instead.”

Sounds like Cliff Claven from Cheers.

(oops, it’s like “nommented” above. I almost nahmented this post, but that seems too self-referential.)

TheBradDec 18, 2007 at 5:06PM

I say “composted”.

lauraDec 18, 2007 at 5:24PM

I like preleted!

I also like compost as it has “post” and the “com” for comment. total double entendre with that one.

pbDec 18, 2007 at 5:37PM


Jason I was going to respond but dotdotdot

Antonia ClevedonDec 18, 2007 at 5:40PM

second spike

otherwise - hawk.

The issue is in discussing something that doesn’t exist - the post or comment - and thus one discusses the act. Perhaps ‘I wilted’ does it.

Fan of BiberDec 18, 2007 at 6:07PM

I liked this one, but what about…


NancyDec 18, 2007 at 6:18PM

Compost is good, you’ll probably recycle your idea at a later time anyway.

86’d is understandable and fewer key strokes.

I like fragged best because even though it was not posted the idea remains…….

spiderpezDec 18, 2007 at 6:36PM

yeah, desponded…that’s the one!

Eric GrondorfDec 18, 2007 at 7:15PM


bingibergsDec 18, 2007 at 7:45PM


John LampardDec 18, 2007 at 7:57PM

er… I was going to comment but I shot the bird instead.

iainDec 18, 2007 at 8:14PM

Guys, this isn’t hard: nixed

MattDec 18, 2007 at 10:01PM

Like cwopped too - deplied? - similar to desponded. I guess there’s two reasons you don’t send…

1. Chickening out on the grounds the wording is too strong (cwopped)
2. Chickening out on the grounds the message isn’t applicable any more (deplied)

Just trying to get more mileage out of the commaint :-)

joshDec 18, 2007 at 10:34PM

I like preleted.

or: discomposed, stabbed, imploded, blinked, clabbed, deposted, vanished, etherized.

zoeDec 18, 2007 at 10:40PM

I like desponded, deplied, clabbed, preleted, and boffled.

Phil OyeDec 18, 2007 at 10:41PM

I like “nulled”, as in dev/null.

luminuxDec 18, 2007 at 10:43PM

I think Boffled and Cwopped are the strongest so far

Adam RiceDec 18, 2007 at 11:17PM

I like “desponded” too, but the first thing that came to my mind was “detweeted.”

Dan BrunoDec 18, 2007 at 11:40PM

I like “ate” or “swallowed.”

Ben TremblayDec 18, 2007 at 11:42PM


“I really wanted someone to read my comment but at the last moment I choked and frabbed it.”

MattDec 18, 2007 at 11:55PM

I may have also noplied on some occasions

Ben TremblayDec 19, 2007 at 12:15AM

*Twitter makes me run my mouth!*

Gotta admit admit that “CWOPped out” is sweet.
But “I nommented …” has a certain zing to it.


Erin PettigrewDec 19, 2007 at 12:27AM

I like ‘prelete’ for brevity and ‘recontwittered’ for amusement.

Jeff KokeDec 19, 2007 at 12:56AM

The proper term is “bail” and I can’t believe no one has suggested it yet. Of course that means you would have to “post bail” if you reconsidered a post. So maybe not…

Edward VielmettiDec 19, 2007 at 1:22AM

“sent it on a postcard”

The PagemanDec 19, 2007 at 1:41AM

defenesTWITTED from defenestrate (throw out the window, albeit virtually) + TWITTER :)

yogi-oneDec 19, 2007 at 2:06AM

I still like “hosed”.

“Composted” is good too.

But there’s nothing like that satisfying feeling of saying “I hosed that sucker!”

richardDec 19, 2007 at 3:19AM

“thought better of”

Timo StammDec 19, 2007 at 5:15AM

If you are really looking for a practical solution, just say »I have cancelled the post«.

It is a very common term in computer applications, and it’s applicable in this case. Creating a new word would raise much more questions than it would answer.

DaveDec 19, 2007 at 5:24AM

“Jason, I would have responded to this post in the comments, but I fork’d it it instead.”

I always seem to half write a reply/comment and then think “f* it, can’t be arsed”

WilliamGDec 19, 2007 at 5:50AM

I made you a coinage, but I send it to the digital bit reservoir in the skies instead.

Seriously, I like ‘committed commenticide’, but I think that ‘nahed’ would work in an international context as well, and is more ambiguous as it doesn’t refer to posts, comments, twitters, etc.

Pål BråtelundDec 19, 2007 at 8:16AM

“… but I throsted it”. Trash + Post

Sarah SunshineDec 19, 2007 at 9:16AM

I would have answered at once…but I was on a hell of a toot and I seldom attend to anything but hoof her up when I am that way.

Buffalo Bill
in a letter to Jack Crawford

I found this, following a link from metafilter, right after reading your post, at http://www.bobolinkbooks.com/Iowa/home.html

MarcoDec 19, 2007 at 9:53AM

recontwittered is my favorite
redacted, non?

NDec 19, 2007 at 10:37AM

Nix Nix Nixed it.

AlexDec 19, 2007 at 10:46AM


This etymology is this: in Firefox, and possibly Opera, the gesture ‘down and then right’ closes the current tab. But downright was already taken as an adjective and downrighted sounded illiterate so, with ‘write-down’ and ‘underwrite’ in mind, it changed to…downwrote.

SuleeDec 19, 2007 at 11:54AM

Best suggestions herein:


KarenDec 19, 2007 at 12:17PM

A message board that I post on uses the term RTI “Returned to Index” because we have a nifty link at the top that returns us to the index page of the board.

nexDec 19, 2007 at 12:39PM

The “fill in the blank” template requests a transitive verb, but I have a feeling that an intransitive one would be neater. E.g.: “Did you leave a comment by that inane post?” — “Not quite, I nonplied.”

Alternatives to nonply, in the spirit of brainstorming:

I stop here — I’m having more ideas, but they aren’t getting any better. To nonply is still my favourite. Maybe it would be somewhat witty to make a new intransitive verb by taking one that, so far, only exists in a transitive form? Marco’s suggestion, redact, would be a possibility here. “I was on the verge of calling bullshit, but redacted.” This can also work exactly the other way around, e.g. Samuel’s suggestion, “I shrugged it.” Or: “I faltered it.” Hmm, well, according to MW, “to falter sth.” already exists and means, “to utter hesitatingly or brokenly” — close enough!

And then of course we could also make up or adopt a noun. Commentus interruptus? Foreclosure? Bailiwick? The corresponding noun to that last one would of course be, “to bailiwicks”, and someone who bailiwickses would be a bailiwickser.

Jared OlilphintDec 19, 2007 at 2:33PM

I like “flog”. although I’m not sure why. Sure it has another meaning, but that has never stopped the English language.

JenguinDec 19, 2007 at 2:33PM

I third (or fourth.. or whatevered- I didn’t read all the posts) “cwopped”
I cwop all the time.

KalebergDec 19, 2007 at 7:57PM

Trashed is good, but perhaps the old dueling term, delope, might be useful. (It means to fire harmlessly having been missed by your opponent’s shot).

OfficerDec 20, 2007 at 1:17AM

skipped or muted

censored, withdrawn or retreated

these are certainly not new, but clear

tim sheyDec 20, 2007 at 10:27AM

How about, “wrote a reply but deadlettered it instead”?

I always liked the term dead letter drop, and it sounds just enough like “deleted” and “twittered.”

tim sheyDec 20, 2007 at 10:35AM

Sorry, meant “dead letter office,” where unread mail piles up and is destroyed. Dead letter drops are a spy thing, but just as interesting.

janelleDec 20, 2007 at 1:26PM

i’m with sulee, i was going to suggest ‘abort’. (forget the connotations, it’s time to take the verbage back! for the people!)

i, squubDec 20, 2007 at 3:45PM

I’m with “deadlettered” up there, cuz that’s what I came up with too. Did a search and saw I’d been beaten to the punch, so my vote’s on that.

squirrelianDec 20, 2007 at 11:05PM

Sorry late to the party but I’d like to nominate “pretracted” if I could. I think “aborted” works well, but it seems as if the assumed resistance to widespread adoption would be kind of self-defeating, wouldn’t it?

kevinDec 25, 2007 at 1:54PM


Jough DempseyDec 26, 2007 at 11:51AM

“I was going to reply to your post, but I recontwittered it.”

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