Have You Ever Aspired To Gain Linguistic Immortality By Making Up A Word Many People Such Famous Writers As Jonathan Swift, Lewis Carroll, And Dr Seuss, Along With Many Lesser Knowns Have Coined New Words That Have Endured But Most Of The New Words People Put Forward Fail To Find Favor Why Are Some New Words Adopted, While Others Are Ignored Allan Metcalf Explores This Question In His Fascinating Look At New Word Creation In Surveying Past Coinages And Proposed New Words, Metcalf Discerns Lessons For Linguistic Longevity He Shows Us, For Instance, Why The Humorist Gelett Burgess Succeeded In Contributing The Words Blurb And Bromide To The Language But Failed To Win Anyone Over To Bleesh Or Diabob Metcalf Examines Terms Invented To Describe Political Causes And Social Phenomena Silent Majority, Gen X , Terms Coined In Books Edge City, Catch 22 , Brand Names And Words Derived From Them Aspirin, Ping Pong , And Words That Derive From Misunderstandings Cherry, Kudo He Develops A Scale For Predicting The Success Of Newly Coined Words And Uses It To Foretell Which Emerging Words Will Outlast The Twenty First Century In This Highly Original Work, Metcalf Shows Us How To Spin Syllabic Straw Into Linguistic Gold.
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- 224 pages
- Predicting New Words
- Allan Metcalf
- 10 June 2017 Allan Metcalf