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The hidden history of coined words / Ralph Keyes.

Keyes, Ralph, (author.).

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  • 1 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Eckhart PL - Main 422 KEY (Text) 840191003072960 New Items - Main Level In process -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780190466763
  • Physical Description: xvi, 375 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [261]-270) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
How words are created. Zen and the art of word creation ; Coined by chance ; Casual coinage ; Just kidding ; Prankery ; Taunt terms : Euro ; Taunt terms : U.S. -- Sources of coined words. Coins in bubbles ; Ink-stained word coiners ; Kiddie lit ; Naming the future ; Literary lingo ; Ivy-covered words -- Coinage syndromes. Coined with intent ; Nonstaters ; Van Winkle words ; Disputation ; Word wars ; Coiner's remorse ; You too can coin a word.
Summary, etc.:
"How do words get coined? That question is explored in Ralph Keyes's latest book, The Hidden History of Coined Words. Based on meticulous research, Keyes has determined that successful neologisms are as likely to be created by chance as by intention. A remarkable number of new words were coined whimsically, he's discovered, to taunt, even to prank. Knickers resulted from a hoax, big bang from an insult. Wisecracking produced software, crowdsource, and blog. More than a few neologisms weren't even coined intentionally: they resulted from happy accidents such as typos, mistranslations, and misheard words like bigly and buttonhole, or from an unintended coinage such as Isaac Asimov's robotics. Many of the word coiners Keyes writes about come from unlikely quarters. Neologizers (a Thomas Jefferson coinage) include not just learned scholars and literary lions but cartoonists, columnists, children's authors, and children as well. Wimp, Keyes tells us, originated with an early 20th century book series on The Wymps, goop from a series about The Goops, and nerd from a book by Dr. Seuss. Competing claims to have coined terms like gonzo, mojo, and booty call are assessed, as is epic battles fought between new word partisans, and those who think we have enough words already. A concluding chapter offers pointers on how to coin a word of one's own. Written in a reader-friendly manner, The Hidden History of Coined Words will appeal not just to word lovers but history buffs, trivia contesters, and anyone at all who is interested in a well-informed good read" -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: English language > New words.
English language > Etymology.

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