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When my daughter, Kelsey, was getting ready for her first solo backpacking trip, I asked her how she was feeling about it. She said, “Excited . . . and nervous.”

I started wondering if there was a word that combined the two emotions, but couldn’t think of one. A family brainstorming session came up with a hybrid that works: excitervous. It’s been in the family lexicon ever since.

What about you? Ever find yourself at a loss for just the right word and so you invented one instead? Please share. I’m always trying to expand my vocabulary.