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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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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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Thoughts on my neologism? Is it new?

Anthropomorphize according to thesaurus.com has no synonyms and no antonyms. I've come up with the verb 'inanimate'. Ex: Historians, usually of a left wing persuasion, have a marked tendency to rely ...
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Is there a word for making a neologism by adding an “em” prefix to nouns or adjective?

I am a trusted critic of a friend's writing. I have noticed an (admittedly obnoxious) habit they have of "creating" new words by adding the "em" prefix to nouns or adjectives, like empurpled. For ...
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Idiom request: Something badly done but with a lot of effort put into it [closed]

I was wondering if there was a word or a definition to describe, for example, amateur movies or other products when they're badly done, but the effort and passion put into it compensate that flaw, ...
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Earlier sources or identity of person who coined the term “neutrois”?

A lot of work I've been doing recently has been around the emergence of various gender identities. "Neutrois" recently came to my attention, with more information about it here: https://nonbinary....
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What does “drunch” mean?

Macmillan Dictionary gives two definitions of drunch which derive from the combination of two different sets of words: 1 - a meal that combines lunch and dinner. Let's eat early and have ...
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Word for correcting incorrectly?

Is there a word or phrase for when someone corrects another person's statement, which is, in fact, already correct? Sometimes the "correction" can be wrong, or sometimes it can be redundant (as in my ...
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Status of 'hypophora' as a word

I participate in other SE forums where it's common practice for experienced or knowledgeable participants to simultaneously submit both a question and an answer. This can be very helpful in technical ...
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An adjective describing the ability to be hidden [closed]

I am currently trying to find a single word which describes the ability of an object to be hidden. A label that may be hidden --> a hideable / hidable / hidible label Is there any word like that ...
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Is there an established adjectival form of (Donald) Trump?

We are now one year and a half into President Trump’s mandate and his name has international resonance every day, often more times a day. I wonder if an adjectival form has or is becoming more common ...
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Has the word “manal” (instead of “manual”) ever actually been used? If so, how?

Recently, I've been going through checking how many Latin words ending in -alis have corresponding English words ending in -al. It seems there was a Latin word mānālis meaning "flowing" (as well as a ...
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Word that refers to efforts by people of all religions to develop closer relationships and better understandings

I am looking for a word like ecumenical: Ecumenism refers to efforts by Christians of different Church traditions to develop closer relationships and better understandings. Wikipedia What I want ...
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Using imaginary word “Hamletian” in AP Engish Literature annotated bibliography [closed]

I was considering creating the word "Hamletian," meaning "of Hamlet," for use in an annotated bibliography, because I like the sound of "Hamletian criticism" much more than "criticism of Hamlet." It ...
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When is the earliest usage of 'woke' and 'wokeness' in their meaning of awareness of social injustice?

The new usage of 'woke' (being alert to issues of social justice) and 'wokeness' appears to be becoming widespread. Merriam Webster states: Woke’s transformation into a byword of social awareness ...
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“Substitute” substituting for “replace”?

I was just reading an Opinion Piece in the New York Times in which the columnist uses the phrase "the substitution of reality with 'reality'", complaining that facts don't matter to the current ...
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Lexis: How to derive new words by applying affixes to old ones? [closed]

At university I learned the process and some of the details of how to derive new words from old ones using prefixes and suffixes, and how this process makes words change their part of speech, but I ...
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Bomb defusal? Is “defusal” a word?

Is "defusal" a legitimate verbal noun form of the verb "to defuse". Is it grammatically correct to describe a guide on how to defuse bombs as a "bomb defusal manual"?
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Is “Hi alls” used in English?

Some my friends usually use "Hi alls!" for greeting a group of people. I don't think it's right, we cannot use "all" with "s" suffix. We are from Vietnam and are not native English speakers. Is ...
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Tyop [sic]? Can you deliberately leave it without the sic

Suppose you point out a number of typos in a passage - like he wrote argument instead of argument; fiend instead of friend. Obviously these are typos. But to draw attention to them can you say I ...
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Another word for 'replayability' [closed]

Is there another word for 'replayability?' I keep reading that it is not a word; however, the Oxford Dictionaries recognizes it. Thesaurus.com wasn't very helpful either.
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Looking for a word to describe a person who lies/invents stories to elicit sympathy to manipulate others and further their own advancement [duplicate]

I am looking for the right word(s) to describe a person who lies and invents stories/scenarios to elicit sympathy in order to manipulate and further their own advancement at the cost of others. Think ...
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How would I write that a threshold is being used on something?

In an algorithm I'm using a threshold to discard certain data samples. The industry refers to this practice as thresholding, which is a neologism and not regarded as an actual word in the English ...
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Opposite of emoji savvy

Is there any word which describes the man who doesn't know how to use emojis
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What would be the etymologically Greek spelling of 'misogynoir'? [closed]

I wasn't too sure how best to phrase the title of this question, so hope I can better explain it here. For those who are perhaps unaware, 'misogynoir' is a term coined by queer Black feminist Moya ...
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Wafer — New Adjective or Attributive Noun?

In The Guardian today, Andrew Rawnsley writes that the Prime Minister would have a wafer and volatile majority. On the assumption that "wafer" here is not simply a misprint for "wafer-thin", what do ...
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What does “covfefe” exactly mean?

The Washington Post (May 31, 2017) reports that “[President] Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ ” in his tweet: MORNING MIX: Trump targets ‘negative press covfefe’ in garbled midnight tweet ...
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What is a “malaphor”?

I was just now looking online for the meaning of the idiom "leave it or lump it," and found it on this page: https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/malaphors.com/2012/12/21/leave-it-or-lump-it/amp/ (...
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Is 'botifed' the right word to say humans are behaving more like robots?

From this article: "We generally view the machine/human divide as a one-way street of advancing technology. Machines, we are repeatedly told, are becoming more human-like—but humans are also becoming ...
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What effect is the writer trying to create with the use of “bigly?”

This is from the same paragraph that sparked my question about pratfall a few minutes ago. What is the origin of "pratfall?" The full paragraph is here (highlighting is mine): But the ...
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A term for “provider of coherence”? Is “coherer” valid? [closed]

I'm looking for a term to express that a certain component of a system gives coherence to it. I've found that coherencer exists, but it's used in just a couple of physics papers, and it's sort of a ...
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What is an “alternative fact”?

Sunday morning following the Trump inauguration, NBC´s Chuck Todd questioned statements made by Whitehouse spokesman Sean Spicer concerning proof of the actual size of the turnout for the event. ...
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What's the definition of 'unpatient'?

I'm currently working on neologisms in medical terminology and there is a word 'unpatient' that's been a pain in the neck for me. Here's the original source: New terms giving names to new ...
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The recent trend of saying the acronym instead of the sentence/phrase is stands for

With the advent of SMS, many common phrases were shortened to WTF, OMG, BTW, etc. And in recent years, with the increased use of these "acronyms", people have started using them in speech too: Saying "...
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Defining the word Enterpriser [closed]

I have found a word that I would like to use as an alternative to Entrepreneur. The word is "Enterpriser" which appears as a synonym in Google for entrepreneur. In my social/cultural experience '...
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Is anyone aware of any recent neologisms to supercede “spinster” or “old maid” that have arisen?

I'm interested to see if, in fact, there are any new words in use from around the English-speaking world to replace the odious terms 'Spinster' and 'Old Maid'. I'm not referring to the term "unmarried ...
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Are there rules for forming adjectives from names? [duplicate]

I may not be using the right terms for what I'm asking, but for example, "Cartesian" is an adjective derived from Descartes' name, and "Dickensian" is an adjective derived from Charles Dickens' name, ...
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Is there one word that means female car enthusiast? [closed]

There are words like gear head, speedophile, car nut etc. that are all gender neutral, however, I am creating a support group or a common interest linkup for women who have a passion for cars. I am ...
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What does NOOT mean?

I was listening to Vertigo NCS release, on YouTube and every comment underneath was like "IT'S HIGH NOOT NOOT." 98%-ITS HIGH NOOT NOOT 2%- Random Comments It's high NOOT NOOT!!!!!!! ...