Word Abuse: NEOLOGISMS


A neologism (nee-OLL-o-jism) is how we describe any new word that is created when older, better words simply will not do.    As you can probably tell, we are rather suspicious of neologisms and their gadget-obsessed modern agenda, but in this article we shall give them a fair hearing.

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Why, given that our English language is so beautiful and resistant to all outside attackers apart from young people, could neologisms be necessary?    For the answer we turn reluctantly to the worlds of technology and business, worlds which were in a state of “boom” in the 19th century and saw to it that many new words were invented: from the traction engine to the tractor, from the cart-horse to the poor-house, and from the whooping cough to the cinematograph.     All new words in those times; one could scarcely run around for fear of running into a neologism!    (Or Jack the Ripper.)

But now-a-days, the need for new neologisms is very low, so much so that the word “neologism” is probably redundant and should be withdrawn from the dictionary.    Think about it; can you think of any new word that needs to be invented right now?
The answer is no.    We have all the technology we need, and no more.   Much like humanity, the English language is now full and no more new words can be allowed in.    We have decreed it, and I expect that the next Oxford English Dictionary will look rather similar to the last one! [chortle]

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