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the World of New Words

Millions of people love language.

Some are compulsive watchdogs who pedantically correct every misuse of the Queen’s English. Others are interested in the etymology of language, investigating word origins and changes over time. Still others simply enjoy in the birth of new words, phrases, and usages, as English evolves in pace with social changes.

All English lovers are welcome here. Our emphasis here is on neologists and their new words, their meanings, and their potential for incorporation into tomorrow’s lexicon. Most new words are technically protologisms, but we use the conventional, broader ‘neologism’ term here.

Neologists are people who invent, review, laugh at, use, promote, or otherwise enjoy new words not yet accepted as standard language. To help manage all these and other interests in English, we need resources. We must have scholarly experts, definitive dictionaries, accurate chronicles and registries, as well as lively discussions and forums. “Neologics” is E.N.S.’s clearinghouse of all such resources.

The Word Birthing page explains how new words come into being. Neologism Sites links you to dozens of other Internet locations where newly coined words are entered, archived, or discussed. Neologism Texts spotlights printed works about neologisms (or collections). Dictionaries, etc considers the many online and print dictionaries and thesauri, with side-by-side comparisons and links. Buffs & Pundits spotlights interesting people and texts about the evolution of English. And Miscellany picks up what doesn’t fit in other categories.

We’re always interesting in adding to these resources. If you have something that would fit well into our growing compilation of neologia, please e-mail us with details.