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.
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!
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