Neologism. I love that word.
What does it mean? I’ll let the Macquarie Dictionary take it from here:
neologism noun 1. a new word or phrase. 2. the introduction or use of new words, or new senses of words. 3. a new doctrine.
So why am I talking about neologism? Not because I want to talk about its meaning. Not because I want to debate its use. But because I want to indulge in a little neologising.
And I need some help. I need you to help me create some new words. Who’s with me?
I’ve identified a few things that need words. A few experiences, feelings and even quasi-dance moves that take too long to describe, and for which such lengthy descriptions are inadequate anyway.
We need new words, be they blends (also known as portmanteaus), acronyms or just completely new creations that somehow sound fitting.
Here’s an example I’ve been chuckling about since creating this morning:
PINCEPTION: the act of finding inspiration from a picture on social media that was inspired by a picture on social media that was inspired by a picture on social media that was inspired by your picture on social media.
Want to help? Here come some more situations I’d like to develop words for.
The ‘I want to cry but I guess I have to suck it up and find another solution’ sigh of resignation you do when you’ve poured cereal into a bowl, or made a coffee, only to realise that you’re out of milk.
The funny, hoppy movements you perform when you stub your toe on something.
The little manoeuvre you perform – perhaps checking a list, looking in your bag or pretending to answer your phone – when you’re walking in one direction then realise you’ve forgotten something, but don’t want to simply turn around and walk back the way you came. (Because THAT would be crazy.)
The moment in a heated debate with your partner or other important person in your life that you realise that they are, in fact, right. And you are, in fact, wrong.
The feeling of rage, resentment and helplessness you feel when you’ve been in a waiting room or queue for ages, but you don’t want to kick up a stink lest they delay you further out of spite.
So, do you have any potential new words for these scenarios? Can you think of any other scenarios for which we need words?