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09-04-2003, 01:58 PM
How does a new English word become a new word? Are new words copywrited? Are they new words only if they appear in a dictionary? Over the past century has their been one individual who has the record for the creation of new words?
09-04-2003, 02:44 PM
Words aren't copyrighted, though they can be trademarked.
Anyone can coin a word. I once coined "transphylite" to indicate someone who wants a species change operation. However, that's meaningless. What matters is that people start using that word: it must fill a purpose. If enough people use it, the dictionary makers will include it. (I have a friend who's trying to get the dictionaries to include a word he coined, "bytelock.")
They're new words if people recognize their meaning and use them. The dictionary only confirms that.
09-04-2003, 02:49 PM
I'd like to help your friend get that into the dictionary, but what does it mean so I'll use it right?
09-04-2003, 04:02 PM
I guess I'm just cheap. I prefer used worded to new.
09-04-2003, 04:04 PM
Awww, Geeez. Contrary to the evidence, English is my cradle language. I meant to say words
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