A neologism is a newly coined word or phrase that has not yet been accepted into mainstream language.

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What could be a word for this concept?

I asked this question on Stack Worldbuilding: In this world a secret society "farms" people with desired features (personality appearances etc.). They have ectogenesis of course; but they ...
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It's not 'suicide'. What is it? [closed]

It's not suicide 'Suicide' means suicide, n.1 a. One who dies by his own hand; one who commits self-murder. Also, one who attempts or has a tendency to commit suicide. suicide, n.2 a. The ...
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Compounds in works of fiction [closed]

I'm a non-native speaker. Recently, I read Child Of God by Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy seems to have a habit of making up "new words" when it suits him. E.g. The pipe crashed into the room in a ...
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What is a “foreign fighter”?

I was inspired to ask this question (on ELL) because of something in a CNN article that didn't sound right to me. Per capita, Belgium has the highest number of foreign fighters in Syria of any ...
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New word “patrogony” [closed]

I have searched years, picking some very bright brains. So far, no one I know or can google has a satisfactory name for the sexual reversal of "misogyny*". I nominate either of two: 1. ...
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What do you call two consecutive months; a sixth of a year?

Half a year is a semester, i.e. (literally) 6 months. Since it’s often wrongly thought to derive from semi- ‘half’, there’re contradicting definitions of similar terms: Both a trimester and a (rare) ...
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Is there a term for the point in time when a product can begin to use itself?

I know there is the term "dogfooding" and have even found other variations on the phrase "... eat our own dog food": "drinking our own champaign" "eating our own cooking" "ice cream our customers ...
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What is a one-word synonym for “religious symbol”?

What is a one-word synonym for "religious symbol"? Examples: The Cross, Star of David, Khanda, etc. Alternatively, if such a word does not exist, a neologism would suffice. Here is a casual ...
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Is there a pre-Internet term for “gamification”?

Gamification is a relatively new term which was coined and has been made highly popular in the Internet era. From the related Wikipedia article: Though the term "gamification" was coined in 2002 ...
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On throwing alligators through windows

Over at the excellent Lowering the Bar there is a discussion on throwing alligators through windows:- Let’s apply that definition to our infenestrated alligator. Absolutely, but first let’s ...
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Live or living wich is common error? [duplicate]

(a) I am living in London for a few months (b) I have been living in London for a few months what is the difference? Is (a) a common error?
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What is the English term, when someone provides truthful 'extra' information in support to promote own propaganda?

Though the title asks the main question, I will give an example. Imagine a tabloid, which wants to defame a famous personality, say Abraham Lincoln or Michael Jackson. The writers know that, just ...
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Origin of the term 'truther' as applied to conspiracy theorists

Today's Oakland [California] Tribune has a story from the Palm Beach [Florida] Post carrying the headline, "Sandy Hook truther fired by college." The story is evidently quite similar to one that ...
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Where is “tofu” for “font fallback box glyph” coming from?

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noto_fonts#Origin_of_Noto_name: sometimes there will be characters in the text that can not be displayed, because no font that supports them is available to the ...
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Part Two: When was “googleable” or “googlable” first used?

Part One Part one is here, and cites references and dates about the verb ‘to google’, and asks about the syllabification and spelling of googl(e)able. Part Two This was originally my second ...
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Kingsman vs King's man

When you look up the word kingsman in Wiktionary, its etymology shows that it is compounded with king + s + man in the same way as Klansman (Ku Klux Klan's member), huntsman (a man who hunts) or ...
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Meaning of “win-the-cycle crap”

In the CBS TV political drama Madam Secretary, Season 1 Episode 17, Secretary of State comes back from Iran after successfully stopping a coup secretly plotted by some Iranian anti-government ...
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The Opposite of Truth (in the broad sense of the term; not “lies”)

If you say something that isn't true, you are broadcasting a lie. But I'm searching for a term that can be used in a broader, largely political context. To put it in perspective, we might ask what ...
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Suggest a collective term for the “shadow people”

In politics, the term controlled opposition describes people who appear to be leaders but who are actually working for the dark side (e.g. corrupt governments or corporate interests). However, there ...
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What is the term for finding your own question?

So, I have a technical problem and I Google for an answer. The first result I find is on Stack Exchange, and the person is asking the same question. So I immediately try to like the question... and am ...
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“IoT”: How well understood is this abbreviation, especially when heard, not read? [closed]

How well understood is the abbreviation “IoT” for “Internet of things”? A company has a product, let’s call it the “IoT Refrigerator.” At first glance, I personally had no idea what this “IoT” is. ...
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Is there a specific word that could be used to describe the leader of a planet?

Mayor is a word that specifically means the leader of a town. Chief means the leader of a tribe. Governor means the leader of a state or province. Words like Emperor or King imply the head of a ...
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Is “packetize” a word? [closed]

In the RF communications world, firmware takes data and "packetizes" it into frames. Is this really a word?
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How does your orange peel?

Increasingly over the last few years, UK supermarkets and grocers have offered us things called 'Easy Peelers' (also easy-peelers, and in one case I've seen, easypeelers). It's a generic term that ...
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Are there any real-world examples of malamanteau?

I know that Randall (from xkcd) invented this word as a joke, but now I'm wondering. Are there any examples of real words that are "A portmanteau created by incorrectly combining a malapropism with ...
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Answering a multiple choice question with “yes”

Is there a word and/or neologism that describes the act of answering a multiple choice question with "YES" or "NO" to imply both(none) or either(neither)? Example: Q: Do you like Ice Cream or Frozen ...
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What does 'YouTuber' mean?

The most famous video sharing website YouTube has generated a neologism youtuber. Curiously the term, which has become very popular in recent years, is not yet present in dictionaries apart from few ...
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What is a good word for the permission of a complementary state of affairs?

Suppose that it is permitted to do not-p. What would be a good word for characterising p? Would it be reasonable to say that p is "contramitted"? Could we, alternatively, perhaps say that p is ...
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An antonym for 'sought-after'

Whenever describing something that is seldom looked for or desired I often verbalise it with "ill sought after" without hesitating. (ignore that ill is its own word, the trouble I'm having writing it ...
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What is the name of the era for Queen Elizabeth II?

Given the Elizabethan era and the Victorian era, and the duration of Queen Elizabeth II's reign of Great Britain, it seems likely that there will be an era named for her. What is that name? Is there ...
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What does “uber-word” mean?

This question came up at Is "act like a mensch" too localized for ELU readers (U.S. and/or British English)? Uber-word came up in this exchange: English has always welcomed foreign ...
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Is “scurryfunge” a new word?

Recently I found the following definition for the word "scurryfunge": (Verb) Old English; to rush around cleaning when company is on their way over. Usage: I scurryfunge when I see my ...
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Non-pejorative word/phrase for “social justice warrior”

The term "social justice warrior" appears to have been coined as a pejorative term, and Urban Dictionary defines it thus: A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently ...
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Single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels regardless of the audience interest, circumstance or relevence?

What would be a good single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels, rattling off place names ("Oh that one time in Timbaktu....", "Thank you for the coffee! Speaking ...
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How to use the word “magistricide”?

I’m having a bit of trouble using the word magistricide in context. I’m leaning towards using the word suicide as reference, but I’m still not sure if it’s correct. So given the model of “a failed ...
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Is there a word for people who have shared the same locality?

A "contemporary" is someone who has lived at the same time (more-or-less, anyway) as another person. e.g., Bret Harte (1836-1902) can be said to have been a contemporary of Mark Twain (1835-1910). ...
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Product name for service that manages connections [closed]

Looking for a word or catchy phrase that captures the meaning of "connection management". I work for a web-based company that manages APIs (API's are the connective tissue of the Internet of Things). ...
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Is “lexophilia” a word?

I've been using the word "lexophilia" for years, but only just realized that it might not actually be in popular use at all. I've even had heated arguments with fellow pedants over the veracity of ...
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Word for someone ignorant of, but not expected to be knowledgeable about, something

A discussion arose in our office which brought about remembrance of an old term used by William F. Buckley, Jr. — from his old National Review days — in his "Word of the Day." We can't find the term ...
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Subtrahendum/Subtrahenda

We are familiar with addendum (and addenda), which we take directly from Latin to mean "something (or things) added" This is used especially in regard to written work such as books. Today I was ...
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Can some words of constructed languages be neologisms as well? [closed]

Recently I have found that words such as hobbit, quidditch even Khaleesi are used in the everyday language when not referring to the books and films they were invented for in the first place. Can they ...
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Neoclassical Neologisms [closed]

Could anybody give me a few interesting examples of neologisms of Latin or Greek origin, or containing affixes from Latin or Greek which are popular nowadays but haven't entered the dictionaries yet? ...
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Sapiosexual without the sexual connotation

I have been hearing the word "sapiosexual" referring to a person attracted to another because of the mental abilities, but attracted not in a sexual way, and I believe "sapiosexual" isn't the most ...
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-gate, and gamergate

I have always understood the phrase ____-gate to refer to a controversy or conflict. For example, deflate-gate was the hubbub around whether the Patriots intentionally deflated balls during the AFC ...
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What's a synonym for a passionate person?

What's a word for a passionate person? Like a "passionista", but that of course already has another meaning. Someone that generally has strong desires, goals, or convictions, and works hard to make ...
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Term for Making a New Word that is the Same Part of Speech as its Root

Recently, I've been noticing that in casual speech people often unwittingly create new words from standard English words that are (a) of the same part of speech as the standard word and (b) meant to ...
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Relic as a verb: why the spelling relicing, reliced?

I just discovered the verb relic, meaning “to make something look worn” and used as far as I can tell only about guitars. (Examples: 1 2 3 …) I was surprised to see that its participles are pretty ...
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19th century American English “slang”?

As I was doing a bit of research online I stumbled on this Children's Corner page 311 from the American Farmers' Magazine 1858. And, frankly, there are a lot of words that look totally foreign to me. ...
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What do you call someone who is addicted to a Q&A website?

I was looking for a term for someone who is addicted to a Q&A website but I came up with general terms like nethead, cybernaut, netizen, internet addict etc. You can think of adjectives like ...
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What do you call a Q&A user who posts a question but never checks back?

I have searched for a term that describes users who post questions and then disappear without trace. These users will post and write their questions in a great flurry, sometimes ignoring the basic ...