I was reading an article on how our language is evolving (more on that Friday), and this word kept popping up: neologism. I’d never seen it before, but it seemed like something I should know. Off to the dictionary I went!
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Back to today’s word:
Neologism \nē-ˈä-lə-ˌji-zəm\ noun, from French néo “new” + Greek logos “word”
- a new word, usage, or expression [Merriam-Webster]
Some examples of neologisms that are currently floating around in our language:
- Google– to search for info on the Internet
- Noob– someone new to an online community or game
- Metrosexual – a man who spends a lot of time and money on his appearance (no one like that in my house, thanks)
- Chilax – a slang term used to tell someone to calm down
And, this one is new to me and funny:
- 404 – someone who is clueless, from the 404 error message when a file/document/page cannot be found.
To see more neologisms, visit 54 Great Examples of Modern Day Neologisms.
I find that teenagers are on the leading edge of neologisms – listen to them for a while and I’m sure you’ll pick up a few new words.
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