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New Neologisms and Numerous More: Needless or Necessary?

Everyday, we see new neologisms crop up. Can I even say that? New neologism, I mean? And are they needless? Or maybe necessary in today’s context? Today, I explore, along with my usual items of poetry books, poetry, names and songs, some new neologisms (and older ones as well).

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New & Not so New Neologisms

  • Adorkable: Adorable Dork, someone socially inept but charming.
  • Altcoin: Any digital currency that is not Bitcoin
  • Anticipointment: Anticipated disappointment, usually results after launch of a heavily hyped product
  • Antigram: Pairs of words or phrases that are anagrams of one another but have opposing meanings. For example: ‘Listen’ and ‘silent’
  • Cakeage: A fee for bringing cake from elsewhere to a restaurant as well as to have the staff cut and serve it to your group.
  • Cheugy: Someone who is out of date or trying too hard
  • Deepfake: “deep learning” + “fake.” Refers to the use of deep learning techniques to create or manipulate audio, video, or images to portray something that did not actually occur.
  • Doomscroll: A term from the lockdown era. The act of endlessly scrolling through bad news or negative content on social media or news websites.
  • Ecopreneur: An entrepreneur with focus on developing ecofriendly businesses or products
  • Finsta: Short for “fake Instagram”, this term refers to a secret account on Instagram, usually used for close circles.
  • Fitspiration: Using devices and social media as inspiration to get fit.
  • Flexcation: A holiday that combines work and play
  • Flexitarian: Someone who is flexible about whether they are a Vegetarian or not
  • Fomosapien: A person who has FOMO or a fear of missing out
  • Infobesity: Info+obesity. Or the overconsumption of information.
  • JOMO: Joy of Missing Out
  • Nomiker: A playful blend of “nom” (French for name) and “moniker,” adding a unique twist to the concept of a name
  • Nomophobia: The fear of being without one’s phone or being unable to use it
  • Nym: This is a shortened version of “pseudonym” or “username” often used in online contexts
  • Phubbed: Phone-snubbed by someone looking at their phone rather than conversing with you
  • Rizz: Short for charisma
  • Smishing: A scam text message; SMS-text Phishing
  • Smize: To smile with your eyes (a masked result)
  • Snapplause: Applauding by means of snapping /clicking of fingers
  • Spuddle: to make a fuss about trivial things
  • Tifo: the paraphernalia of coordinating banners, flags, or signs at sports events that often spells out team names/groups in a show of support.

Nature Narratives in Natural Language…

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry curated by J. Patrick Lewis (Nature Poetry | 3 – 5 years, and up)

Description: When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems.

Notions: Nature is necessary (like this read!)

Names and Notoons and Nonsense Too

(Note: Notoons = Notes + Tunes! Neologism created here and now!)


Nexaphor – another neologism created here and now using nexus + metaphor

NaPoWriMo’s Day 16 prompt: Write a poem in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does.

Noteworthy morNing
They say, a watched anything never does what it should.
But here I was, watching over my morning pot of tea
The leaves I poured in a minute ago were steeping, you see
Slowly settling down to expose a clear dark surface
One I could possibly stare into and scare me too (my face!!)
Early morning me before my cup of tea, not the best view!
But back to my was time to add some dairy.
A forgotten note on the refrigerator door
“Don’t forget to buy milk!” In all caps it implored!
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites

AI generated by moi for this poem 🙂

Notable Names

N is for Navya, which can mean  ‘to be praised’ or ‘laudable.’ It can also signify newness or youth. N is also for Nirbhay which means fearless or without fear.

Nostalgic Notoons!

Nagada Sang Dhol from Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela

Nanhe Munne Bachche Teri Mutthi Me Kya Hai from Boot Polish

Neele Neele Ambar Par

And Now, the End of This Records Breaking Post!

Dear reader, do let me know if you have read any of the books listed today? Which book would you pick first? Will you attempt a poem today? Do share any book recommendations, poetry you loved or wrote, and of course, all and any thoughts on this post.

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9 thoughts on “New Neologisms and Numerous More: Needless or Necessary?

  1. As a mom constantly bombarded with new terms, it’s refreshing to see someone dive into whether they’re really necessary. Plus, the book recommendations are a bonus—definitely adding a few to my reading list!

  2. Your exploration of new neologisms was both fascinating and thought-provoking! It’s refreshing to ponder the necessity and creativity behind language evolution. Great work!

  3. Love your exploration of neologisms – I recently bought The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig – he either invents neologisms or repurposes old words – each word a jumping-off point for a small philosophical pondering…

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