Saturday, September 3

Word of the day: Neologism


Recently I downloaded a dictionary App (Dictionary.com) and have been getting a Word-of-the-Day popup ever since.

The first time I saw the popup I was irritated (I can get grouchy when something pops up on the screen when I'm reading!), but I decided to view it as an opportunity to expand my vocabulary. I've tried to use each word of the day in my writing or conversation, to help me incorporate it. I've been finding some words insurmountably difficult, though. Tell me, how does one work a word like, "neologism," into conversation?

I can imagine it:

Jan shook in horror. "I'm so glad you weren't there, the whole thing was squicky!"

Bob looked at Jan as though she'd morphed into a Valley Girl. "Squicky? Really? What are you, 12?"

Jan glared at Bob, he was such a man, thinking that if he didn't know a word then it wasn't a word. She put her hands on her hips and rolled her eyes at him. "What's the matter, Bob, you got something against neologisms? Hmmm?"

Well, the thought makes me laugh, but then I'm easily amused.

If you want to check out the app for yourself, here's the link.

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