“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.”


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

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

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