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