In skateboarding, a nollie, short for "nose ollie", is an ollie executed at the front of the board while the rider is positioned in his/her natural stance.

Is there a term for those kind of words? Words that are not official English words? Not sure how to describe this and I don't think this is slang.

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    This may be essentially the same question as one about shwifty which I'm not really convinced should have been closed.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 18:30
  • From your description it’s a portmanteau and also jargon and a neologism. Which type of term were you looking for?
    – Jim
    Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 23:13
  • Basically, I'm interested/looking for words that don't "exist" in official dictionaries but they are in use, and also sound nice like nollie. So all those terms are correct I think. Portmanteau and neologism less jargon or slang maybe. I wish there would be a list of all those words but I understand to keep such a list would be impossible. Thank you.
    – tr53
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 9:02

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The word seems to be "jargon"


jargon noun

1 : the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group

sports jargon

Or, in your case, skateboarding jargon.

From Wikipedia

Marnell executes a "switch frontside flip" at the Melbourne Museum location, described as "gnarly" (skateboarding jargon for something that is extraordinarily good ...)

More informally, skateboarding talk/speech/language.

  • Looking at terms mentioned by Jim, I think I'm looking for portmanteau and neologism and less jargon or slang.
    – tr53
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 9:04
  • Many portmanteau words are acceptable in English: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_portmanteaus, but some have a restricted currency. Those that only some use (a sociolect) are jargon.
    – Greybeard
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 19:49

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