How do new words come into common practice?
This article isn’t about the science of why or how words are created. This article is about the utilization of words that are unintentionally exercised and why we should be intentionally innovating additions to our own language.
After a recent trip North to the wispy breeze of Huddersfield, a fellow journalist had been working on his dissertation when he discovered there was a definite gap in our language for when the solution to the problem is also the problem – a clever concept that exists with no English way of describing such a situation. “Elusoquent” – Genius. The problem is that we are stuck in a mind set that our language is pretty much done; when, instead of waiting for words to crop up due to increased popularity and use, why not skip the waiting process and design and manipulate our own words.
Inspired by this innovation I’ve started my own collection of words for experiences that are yet to be labelled:
Disinactulate – When an object is close enough to reach, but too far to do anything about.
Tablective – When a group of smaller tables are used to collectively to make a larger table.
Forvulous – An adjective that encapsulated glasses that have no other function than fashion.
Oblicate – Agreeing to something that you have no intention of doing.
Shophoria – The euphoric feeling achieved after a comfort shop.
Cleartie – when an object is not quite clean, but clean enough to use.
There is an argument in language that states the way we see the world is either dictated by our language or accommodated by our language (Reflectivism vs. Determinism). So it begs the question that we should at least be innovators of our own view of the world? why describe something as tactile or frivolous when these words were written by people experiencing a completely different world to us? Of course i’m not saying lets write a new language, but why was Shakespeare labelled a genius for creating thousands of new words off the top of his head, when teachers constantly tell students that you can’t “make up words”? – but why?
I believe there is a need for these new words to describe a different way of seeing our world, whats better than addition to a language which is made up of Latin, French, German? – be an innovator, who wants to think the same anyways?