Thursday, July 16, 2009

Catherine Horn: Neologisms 6-8

These new words were self-coined by Paul McFedries

Lexpionage, adj
Lexical espionage; the sleuthing of new words and phrases.

Anecdotage, noun
Anecdotal dotage; that advanced age where all one does is relate stories about "the good old days."
The oxford English dictionary not only lists this word (and defines it as "garrulous old age") but it has a citation that dated all the way back to 1835.

Cachet-to-cliche, noun
The process in which a particular word or phrase initially gains wide currency, only to be followed by a vicious backlash. "If I hear the phrase Information Highway one more time, I'll eat my modem!"

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