We commonly use this word in office, and the definitions point to its meaning.

But is this an actual word? It's not in the Oxford English Dictionary.

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    It's a joke. [A joke chemical element.] Dec 28, 2010 at 11:34

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Flooglepz is a word: I just invented it. Until a few seconds ago I was the only person who used it and knew of it.

A few more people know about the word administratium.

Neither of these words are generally accepted English words — however the set of words that are considered English words is not a set with clear undisputed boundaries. Personally, if it’s in the OED, I’ll consider it an official English word, and if it isn’t I won’t. In the next edition of OED, administratium might conceivably make the transition from a joke word used by a few people to a joke word used widely enough to become an English word (by my definition).

  • I cannot find on the Internet, a definition of 'flooglepz'. I have to say, I am a little surprised.
    – Spike0xff
    May 7, 2014 at 16:57

I would say that it depends on the population. The question "Is x a word" is meaningless without reference to a population. If the population is taken as your office coworkers, then yes it most definitely is a word. For larger populations, I would say that it is not a "real" word.


If you google it, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administratium) says

Administratium is a well-known joke in scientific circles...A similar joke concerns Administrontium which was referenced in print in 1993"

Although the points above about relation to population are accurate.

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