Questions tagged [neologisms]

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

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Neolog / prefix for use with bubble+ology

I want to coin a word that means the study of financial bubbles. After learning that Bubbleology is some kind of metropolitan tea beverage, my immediate hunch of "Bubbleology" lost a great ...
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Is there a term or phrase for the desire for Apocalypse?

I'm researching this for an article I'm writing: is there a term or phrase for the desire for the End Times? Given the preponderance of literature, popular and otherwise, that focuses on the end of ...
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Coining a gramatically right word for a newly devised method [duplicate]

I am writing a research paper in which a new method is devised. In this method a mathematical function is rebuilt by combining some conical functions (apexes). Is it grammatically right to name it The ...
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Word to describe a PDF file produced by converting from another format (for example, from HTML)

A month ago, I asked whether it would be correct to call an HTML page saved as PDF file a converted PDF file. "Converted PDF file" - what does it really mean? According to Greybeard, the ...
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What does “te-thrum” mean?

I'm reading Malcolm Lowry's letters and his first letter to Conrad Aiken finishes like this: te-thrum te-thrum te-thrum te-thrum, Malcolm Lowry Does anyone know what "te-thrum" mean in this ...
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Is there a term describing countries taking foreign citizens as hostage?

English is my second language, and I am wondering is there a term that describes when countries take foreign citizens or dual citizens as hostage or arrest them on conspiracy/espionage charges all to ...
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A toned down term to replace “orthodoxy” in sociology of art

I think this community could help me a lot. In sociology of culture the term orthodoxy refers to ideas held by most and imposed by cultural institutions, so that the "doxa", or opinion, is ...
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Two 'x's in “anti-vaxxer”

I have always found myself impulsively and automatically spelling "anti-vaxxer" with two 'x's, and a Google search indicates that most other media sources did the same; however, I can't ...
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Why isn't “Verbing” always allowed?

Why are varnish (varnish the truth),gloss (glossed over her faults), and paint (paints him more innocent than the evidence suggests) used metaphorically, but not lacquer?
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Use of 'went' as a noun

I have come across its use as a proper noun in an 1895 deed: "...all that one piece of pasture lying at Whatling Went." So I wondered if there is any evidence for the the use of 'went' as ...
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Word or intuitive neologism for “(unhealthy) infatuation with gold”

The easy picks: greed avarice They get the message across, but are too general. I want a word that narrows the meaning to only gold -- not just desire for wealth / material gain. I tried a neologism:...
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Word for an all seeing society/government type

I'm looking for a word to mean a society or government type where everything is visible or known to everyone, similar to omniscient. For example, if everyone (including government) can see everything ...
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when and where is first occurence of word “zap”?

when and where is first occurence of word "zap" ? Online Etymology dictionnary mentions comic strip Buck Rogers but without any precise date or quotation
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Practice of splitting a web article in many chunks

Some sites have the (execrable) custom of splitting a web article in many small chunks. Example: the article starting at https://es.goodtimepost.com/niagara-falls/ is divided in 38 chunks. In each ...
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Can statues being pulled down in #BlackLivesMatter be called 'iconoclasm'?

During the worldwide protests of #BlackLivesMatter, a large number of statues commemorating colonial conquest in the modern era have been pulled down by protesters. Is it appropriate to call them '...
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Looking for a descriptive word(s)) to describe digest/summation/pocket culture

I am looking for a generic word(s) to describe summary digest cultural of modern society. (or a Neologism) A word(s) for culture that describes "Take what is useful, discard what is useless" ...
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Word for “of or to do with groups”

I appreciate this is somewhat arbitrary, but humour me! I am trying to come up with a term that describes the following... I am working with "groups" of people. This is the informal definition, ...
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Word for shaking elbows (Covid-19 pandemic)

The recent epidemic has made people change a few habits. We no longer shake hands and a few of us touch each other elbows as an alternative practice. Has this kind of salutation a proper name?
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What is “plurisecular”? Can't find this word's meaning, only translations

Here's a quote from Robert Hurley's translation of Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality arguing for the historical importance of the anonymous author of My Secret Life: ...he was the most direct ...
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What is a term for crop/livestock, something raised for indirect value?

What is a term for crop/livestock, something raised for indirect value?
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When and by whom was “coronnial” coined?

The Cambridge Dictionary blog posted on May 11th, 2020 a new word: Coronnial - noun [C] (UK /kəˈrəʊ.ni.əl/ US /kəˈroʊ.ni.əl/) someone who was born around the time of the covid-19 pandemic ...
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Has a term emerged yet as the main one to refer to people who insist that COVID 19 is not real? [closed]

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a couple of acquaintances on Facebook telling us how we're all being fooled and that COVID-19 is not real, or is just an average flu, etc. Are people already ...
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Which adjectives can be built from the word “atlas”? [closed]

We are interested in things that are like an atlas. What are the possible adjectives that can describe such things. Four choices that came to mind are: 1) atlantic 2) atlantian 2) atlassian 3) ...
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The installer of an installer

This is probably one of many questions brought forward by this computing age; but what can I call a person who installs an installer? I was thinking installee, which isn't a word given we already had ...
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A single word for the most important person in one's life

The concept of a "Lebensmensch" plays a dominant role in Thomas Bernhard's works. At Wikipedia one reads that »Lebensmensch [is] a predominantly Austrian term [...] which refers to the most ...
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What would you call a phobia of endlessly looping GIFs?

When you share a GIF on WhatsApp, it runs in a loop three times and then stops. When you share a GIF on Facebook Messenger, however, it runs in an endless loop. The thought of a GIF running ...
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Is “hardstuck” a neologism? What is its etymology?

I have used the word hardstuck to mean "permanently unable to move". It is a more intense version of stuck, since stuck can sometimes mean "temporarily unable to move" or "unable to move without ...
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Is referring to 'Frankenstein's monster' as 'Frankenstein' a neologism?

I just read this question and one of the answers started with "Ordinarily, Frankenstein is a noun referring to a fictional monster" As every nitpicker knows, Frankenstein is the doctor who created ...
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Do all “epicene” pronouns mean the same thing as one another?

There have been many pro­posed epicene or gen­der-neu­tral pronouns that have been pro­posed over the years and have re­ceived some level of use. My ques­tion is: do all of them mean the same thing? ...
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Should terms like “Googliness” be capitalized?

Googliness is a neologism whose meaning has been roughly idenfied as possessing: ...Attributes like enjoying fun (who doesn't), a certain dose of intellectual humility (it's hard to learn if you ...
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An English Descriptive Word for Two Words

I'm currently after a synonym for "middle-aged". However, I'm needing the word to be appropriate to describe a non-living thing. Middle-aged is more or less associated with animals and humans, not ...
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Is Autistic the new “spaz” or “retard”?

Has autistic become an accepted cool pejorative through constant misuse? While I usually would not bother with Urban, the theme was taken up… Autism is typically said with a negative connotation. ...
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Survey: Do you say “I'm having Home Office today” in your country?

So here's the thing - people in my country just love to use this home office expression when referring to working from home. What's baffling me is this term seems to have already taken roots in ...
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What is the name for neologisms with associative endings like “Bostonian” and “imagineer”? [closed]

What is the name for that type of word that modifies a noun or verb with an ending to denote someone who is associated with the word stem? I'm thinking of words like: engineer, farmer (ending = "eer"...
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Neologism: I am introducing a new term in my thesis for a concept but I am cautious [closed]

Is it arrogant in writing to explicitly say I came up with the term? Fear of appearing arrogant made me think to just say: X will be used throughout the thesis to refer to the concept of Y without ...
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New words invented but how to propagate? [closed]

To write is to invent words, and one invents words from everyday experiences. Today during a long disGussion with a juvenile mind I thought up diaPERtribe, evidently from diatribe and diaper. Is there ...
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Can “ liquid music” refer to “downloadable music”?

The recent Italian expression “musica liquida” (liquid music) has been used for about a decade now referring to the music which is no longer recorded on traditional devices such as records, CDs or ...
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A word whose suffix is the prefix for another word, so you can combine them?

I'm trying to think of words to be used for usernames and I noticed people sometimes take a word whose suffix matches the prefix of another word and combine them. Noteworthy examples: disarmpit ...
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How can “telecommuting” mean “to not commute or travel”?

Wikipedia describes that telecommuting … is a work arrangement in which employees do not commute or travel (e.g. by bus or car) … If you do not commute, how can you call it "...
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I made up the word, “performant”. Has it occurred in the English language? [duplicate]

By performant, I mean something that performs well. A piece of computer program code could be performant, meaning that enough thought went into it to make it perform well, making it an adjective; ...
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What did Colbert mean by “bedude form"?

In his most recent monologue on The Late Show, the comedian host Stephen Colbert, gently mocked a New York Times reporter's style of writing (watch the excerpt on YouTube) “500 words” she whispered,...
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What does “rhumatis” mean?

I know that Uncle Tom's Cabin is full of neologisms, and I try my best to grit my teeth and infer as best I can without racing down every such rabbit hole that presents itself, but with rhumatis, for ...
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Is there a term or a word specifically applying to favoritism towards foreigners than local citizens?

I am looking for some kind of term that relates to say, opposite of nepotism??? im not sure. or opposite of ethnic nepotism. but the situation is that " person X is From Y and will prioritize someone ...
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What is “The Evil Organization”?

Recently I clicked on a "hot" topic from Information Security.SE titled... Buying a “Used” Router A number of times the term "Evil Organization" came up in the comments. As in... The Evil ...
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Structured pursuit of an aim

Is there an English word that denotes the structured and deliberate pursuit of a course of action in order to achieve a goal?
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Is “dance around” a valid phrasal verb?

I think the idiomatic expresssion “dance around” a subject, an issue meaning, avoid addressing a subject or an issue, is a common metaphor as in: When it comes to money, however, we find lots of ...
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What is the word for vocalists singing “out of time”?

I'm not sure if I should post this question here in English Language and Usage or in one of the music-specific forums... The word for (sometimes deliberate) "sour" notes or semitones is "dissonance." ...
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Opposite of “granular”

What is the opposite of "granular" in the following usage? granularity The level of detail considered in a model or decision making process. The greater the granularity, the deeper the ...
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Need a word or expression that represents a category that is the superset of mind, consciousness, experiences, choices, intentions, spirit, etc

I am looking for a word (or expression/phrase), existing if possible or coined-for-the-purpose neologism if not, that represents the all-inclusive superset of a variety of related concepts and ...
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Catching word/term for people who support technology as a solution for everything and techno-progressivism? [closed]

We are devising slogan for political movement that focuses on 3 groups. The first two groups already have their names as "greens" and "social-democrats" but we are seeking the name for the third group....

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