Making up new words is easy — getting them used is harder | Curio

Making up new words is easy — getting them used is harder

6 mins | Mar 18, 2021

Part of the secret is not to try too hard. "Truly novel words often derive either from commerce (for trademark reasons, like 'nylon' or 'cellophane') or from literature. 'Quark', which now refers to a type of subatomic particle, comes from James Joyce’s 'Finnegans Wake'. “Nerd” was imagined by Dr Seuss (Theodor Geisel) in one of his children’s rhymes. 'Blurb' was the name given in 1905 by Gelett Burgess, a humourist from San Francisco, to the puffery put on book jackets. Such coinages tend to be guided by sound, not meaning; in some cases their authors mean nothing by them at all.”

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From The Economist