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cornpensation, noun.  The act of making mental adjustment for keming that doesn’t actually exist.

Example: “Wait, you wanted me to buy cheerleader pom poms?  Oh.  I totally cornpensated that one.  …Awkward.”

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    • Fri 2 Oct 2009
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    Eric Meyer wrote in to say...

    Because this happened to me recently and I needed a compact term to describe it, that’s why.

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    • Fri 2 Oct 2009
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    Erik Vorhes wrote in to say...

    It’s hard to believe that we’ve gone for so long without a term for this, despite living in a post-modem world.

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    • Mon 5 Oct 2009
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    Joshua Allen wrote in to say...

    OK, this is awesome

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    • Mon 5 Oct 2009
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    Telanis wrote in to say...

    I definitely saw “kerning” as “keming” before even realizing what this was about. More proof that such a term is needed

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    • Mon 5 Oct 2009
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    Jason Friesen wrote in to say...

    What do you mean, keming that doesn’t… oh. Right.

    • #6
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    • Thu 8 Oct 2009
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    Greg wrote in to say...

    I read it three times as kerning before I got it.

    Then, of course, the example was obvious!

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    • Mon 12 Oct 2009
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    Cris wrote in to say...

    I frequently cornpensate words with capital “L I” to form a capital block “U”. Notably, when I lived near a street named “FLICKER LANE.” Makes a fellow do a double-take.

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    • Fri 16 Oct 2009
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    Doug P wrote in to say...

    I like the new word. Clever and infornnative. I have more trouble with keming as my eyes age. It’s a waming sign.

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    • Tue 20 Oct 2009
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    Eric Meyer wrote in to say...

    Doug! Honored to have you drop by my little corner of the web, sir.

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