9.21.2010

Neologisms

I'm making a list of neologisms and I need your help.

Please drop a few in the comment section. What are your favorite? I'm especially interested in neologisms that:

> are American in origin
> pervert an existing word (like "blamestorming" from "brainstorming")
> elide two existing words (like "frenemy")
> have come into common usage in the last five years or so

Many thanks!

3 comments:

  1. I love lists! This was really challenging, though--like saying "tell me a joke right now!" Here's the best I could do:

    chillaxin
    babymoon
    staycation
    bromance
    celebreality
    fashionista

    Important disclaimer: knowing these words exist does not necessarily mean I employ them.

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  2. Keep in mind, I live in a very small town and I lead a very sheltered life. I do not claim ownership to a lot of these.

    This first one is just because I titled a poem using it: "Lost in Wikiburbia."

    Cold Beer said as one word: Coldbeer

    Feminazi

    Herstory

    When people, instead of saying "Rocket Science" or "Brain Surgery" say, either "Rocket Surgery" or "Brain Science."

    "Nerdlings"

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  3. Hi Charles

    of course you have heard Palin's "refudiate"

    Dean invented "fagulous!". But I think it is redundant.

    :)
    Peter

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