Of Words and Coinages

Of Words and Coinages


I’m sure you’ve read books in which the writer came up with an expression that you had never heard of before. You probably picked up your dictionary to check and it wasn’t even there! It sounded good, though and sort of added more colour to the work.

So I found that our very dear Shakespeare is credited to have added about 1500 terms and whole words to the English language, and most of them were just expressions he coined! E.g. fashionable, full circle, neither rhyme nor reason, one fell swoop, outbreak, sorry sight, unearthly, vulnerable…

Usually most coined words that have long been widely accepted were just a combination of two words. As in dumbfound from dumb and confound, electrocute from electric and execute.

More modern variations are being generated with words like carjacking, emoticon and brunch. Others are not exactly a smooth blend of words e.g. chick lit and couch potato. There are even crazier ones.

Check here http://www.learn-english-today.com/New-words/new-words-in-english.html

There’ve been times when I was writing and was at a loss for words to express something on my mind. If I remember correctly most times I just either found a different way of saying what I wanted to say or said something else entirely.

I want to believe I have coined some words before though (of course I must have put them in quotes lest I be challenged) I guess I have to look through my stuff to find them!

Have you ever coined any words? Who knows someday we may have it in the dictionary. The last time I checked writing was still a creative art, so I guess we’re free to create!

Check out this document to learn more.

http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1005&context=englishfacpubs&sei-redir=1#search=”coinage+words

 

Keep writing!

 



17 thoughts on “Of Words and Coinages” by RemiRoy (@RemiRoy)

  1. yeah we are free to create because ours is an art that never lacks forms of expression. i enjoyed this piece, a nice break from the intrigues and horrors of NS…well done

    There’ve been times when I was writing [I THINK there’ve MEANS THERE HAVE? IF THAT IS RIGHT, YOU MADE A MISTAKE COS WE DON’T HAVE A CONTRACTION LIKE THAT IN ENGLISH THERE’VE..

    just my view sha,i may have been left in the past

  2. Echoing @xikay, this was a nice break 4rm regular NS stuff. Really liked it. But Xikay, “there’ve” is a proper English contraction oh!
    And @remiroy, think I coined a new word recently: brainspace. Nice?

    1. yes i saw the coined word “brainspace”
      I could have argued with an English don that THERE’VE is actually not an English contraction but i just researched more and saw that its a coinage that is making the informal rounds and it is classed under colloquial:”colloquial — Denotes words or expressions that likely arose via casual conversational language, and are likely to be used primarily in casual conversation rather than in more formal written works, speeches, and discourse”

      WE CAN ALL LEARN MORE ABOUT CONTRACTIONS HERE
      COINAGES:http://www.suite101.com/lesson.cfm/17267/1158/6
      ARGUMENTS:http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/there%27ve
      CONFIRMATION:http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101222115537AAxEqJw

      I AM JUST HUMAN AND NOT INFALLIBLE. THAT IS WHY I SAY WE ALL LEARN HERE BY THE DAY. THANKS MR. GBOYEGA FOR NOT LETTING ME WALLOW IN MY IGNORANCE

  3. Okay, Remiroy, watchout for my coinages, and when I’m asked ‘who gave you license’, I’ll refer them to you o. Well done!

  4. ha ha ha ha!!!… Brainspace?? Pray tell what it means Gboyega.

    Well done Remiroy!

  5. Nice one, i really enjoyed it

  6. Hehehehehe. 9ja Advanced English Dictionary is ON THE WAY!!!

  7. @mercy ilevbare, I haven’t really thot about it deeply but I guess ‘brainspace’ means the environment of your mind, or the kind of things u regularly think about.. Something like that. Used it in my story: Them.

    1. we don get one word already…starting from
      B-brainyspace (1).Noun: the environment of the mind where one thinks
      2).verb: the act of creating a space within the mind to think

  8. true,true. We just need to have the confidence to do it.

  9. As we grow in confidence and writing skill we will be braver about expressing ourselves in unique ways and taking courageous liberties in the way we use language. I love this article, thanks for sharing. @gboyega otolorin if you are sure brainspace is your newly coined word you can submit it and get acknowledged for it.

  10. I think I’ve heard brainspace somewhere before…I’m not sure though. But I like the word. Wouldn’t that be something – a word coined by someone we know?

    Nice one remi. Nice.

  11. nice one @Remiroy I totally agree with you.

    ……….now why didn’t I see this post earlier? hmm……..

  12. Thanks for this post… I’ve learnt loads today coupled with the content and reply of this post.

    … so you guys are saying I’m at liberty to coin words..hmm when challenged I will say I got my license from HS/Remiroy.

    :)

  13. This sure is a nice one, and Im glad because I had coined a few myself which I was not aware of untill a few people remarked….” Nice coinage” and Im like ”What?!” Thanks Remi.

  14. good.
    shocked when i learnt recently that ‘picnic’ used to mean, Pick a Niggar. the whites would pick a niggar to lynch or humiliate.
    Hip Hip Hooray meant…let’s go murder the Jews
    seriously, I love evolution.

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