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

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

Examples of current neologisms include:

  • taser (named for Thomas A. Swift's electric rifle)
  • meme (shortened form of mimeme from Ancient Greek mīmēma, "imitated thing")
  • nonagamist (backformation modeled on bigamy or monogamy).
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