New words to live by: “Auto Body Experience”

It is the first weekend of the month and time again for a new word to live by. This is a word or phrase not currently in use in the U.S. English lexicon, but might need to be considered. Other words, such as obsurd, crumpify, subsus, flib, congressed, and others, can be found by clicking on the tags below. Today’s New Word is a compounding of three words: Auto, Body, and Experience. Without further chattering, Auto Body Experience is the new word / phrase for this month:

Auto, n. an object, such as a car or truck that propels itself by way of an engine.

Body, n. the physical structure of a plant, animal, or human, dead or alive.

Experience, n. a specific instance of personally undergoing, encountering, or observing something.

Auto Body Experience, n. The total of what happens when you experience a wreck while you are in your own car. It similar to but not the same as an out-of-body experience. With an Auto Body Experience, there is often a jolt of unreality, particularly if you get hit from behind and are at first confused as to what is happening.

Whether you see it coming or not, whether it involves other cars, or only your car, you, and a stationary object — such as a guard rail after you and your car have started spinning on a thin sheet of ice — there is nothing quite like an Auto Body Experience.

And then there is all the paperwork.

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