“It may be an elegant [word] in Virginia, and even perfectly intelligible; but for our part, all we can do is to guess at its meaning.”

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As longtime Stacked readers know, on Fridays we can rarely be bothered to post anything more thoughtful than a link to something vaguely book-related. Today is no exception.  So without any further ado, I hereby post the following vaguely book-related link to an excellent American Scholar piece about our cultural propensity for making up new words.

Seriously, though, it’s a great read.

Reminds me of the time I thought I’d invented the word “advertorial,” I suppose as some sort of Lovecraftian attempt to bring to light the unspeakable terrors that dwell in the darkest corners of our collective subconscious.  Imagine my horror when I learned that this word was already in common usage in certain sectors of the publishing industry.  It was a chilling moment indeed.

-Norm De Plume

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Published in: on September 27, 2013 at 9:42 am  Comments (2)  

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