Tag Archives: neologism

Mind that step…and mind that sorry, too!

Imagine you did something that other people didn’t like. They say you were wrong to do it. You’ve go to say sorry, say that you won’t do it again. Now you don’t believe you actually did anything wrong, but you’ve … Continue reading

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Blogwatch: Johnson

Um, no. The name of the blog does not refer to to an unmentionable. It refers to Dr. Samuel Johnson. Nope, sorry, there’s no Facebook profile; you can’t follow him on Twitter. Because he died just short of 226 years … Continue reading

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Baby, I’m a belieber

No, that’s not a spelling mistake. That’s an internet neologism. Other bands just have fans, the legendary Beatles had their Beatlemaniacs. Current teen sensation Justin Bieber has his, well, you guessed it, beliebers. That’s the hash tag (the one that … Continue reading

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On refudiating new words

How do new words arise in a language? Are they even legitimate? Does usage make a new word suddenly acceptable to the dictionary? A hot question is now spreading through the internet – is Sarah Palin’s neologism ‘refudiate’  (coined on … Continue reading

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A blizzard of snowclones

We know what a cliché is: a phrase used so often, it is irritating to the reader. Nevertheless, they survive, because they are so easy to bank upon by lazy copywriters (such as this writer). In fact, they are cliché … Continue reading

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Netspeak: Getting Amazonned

You will have heard of being ‘Bangalored‘. A word created by Western information technologists to describe the phenomenon of losing their jobs to an IT guy from a Bangalore-based outsourcing firm. Now what if you lost your business to an … Continue reading

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