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  • Oh, dear, oh, dear. That latest TED talk does explain a lot. I think that sharing one’s favorite cute coinages on a discussion board is good clean fun. Adding them to a list of the twee is also harmless, but giving them an entry among the organically grown or spontaneously generated seems a step too far for me.

    Truly ingenious neologisms, on the other hand, have much charm. Some years ago there was a fashion, I think it might have been sponsored by a magazine or a web site, for coining words for things that we recognize as discrete entities but which go unnamed. I vaguely recall, for instance, that someone came up with a word for the clandestine competition we all engage in for the elbow rest shared by the person sitting next to us in the theater or on an airplane. The word was something like “elbowage” but it was cleverer than that. There must be a compendium of such witty terms somewhere but I cannot find it. Does anybody know where it could be? alexz?

    January 27, 2015

  • Oh it's not as if it hasn't been done before around here, including by me. Just that the current crop seem to indicate that The Dismalarity is nigh.

    January 27, 2015

  • Bilby, I think you missed the latest Ted Talk.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_go_ahead_make_up_new_words?language=en

    January 26, 2015

  • We currently have a flood of contestants wishing they were in Urban Dictionary.

    January 26, 2015

  • Peryearn comes from the combination of the words "person" and "yearn". It is a verb and to peryearn means to feel homesick for someone that you love. This isn't a real word, it's one that I made up!

    January 25, 2015