There are two ways for me to go to the lower levels of my building when I’m in my apartment. As you might guess, they are the elevator and the stairs. Their doors are not far apart, but there are plenty of other buildings I’ve seen where elevators are a greater distance from the stairs. It struck me that a new word was in order.
So when I was leaving a message for a friend this morning, I told her I needed to go “downelevator” to get something. I wanted to be honest. Usage suggested I was going “downstairs,” but I wasn’t going to take the stairs to do it.
I’d never heard the word before, so I think it’s mine — until now. It’s clear and it’s honest — if you’re telling someone you’re coming down, you will be reporting how quickly and where you’ll arrive and how tired you’ll be when you get there. Going downelevator, of course, is not as tiring as going downstairs.
My British and Commonwealth readers and cousins would call it “downlift,” I suppose — but if that sounds odd to you, consider the root of “elevator.” Elevating something down doesn’t sound any worse than lifting it down.
Try the word — and feel free to comment about results!
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