In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
It is not always easy to think of fake, made-up words that are unique. Try using the Fake Word Generator to get your creative juices flowing! Can you make-up your own word to describe an emotion or situation? What is it’s meaning? If you say a word and people understand it’s meaning… is it a word regardless of what the dictionary says? Why?
Huggle: A cross between hug and cuddle. Lasts slightly longer than a hug and is good when comforting mildly upset people. My family and I have been using it for several years, first coined by Jasper when he was 7.
Winik: The act of turning-out or flicking the ankle while running. My running group quickly referred to this gate as the “WINIK”. To this day, when we see other runners with this gate we shout out, “Look!They are doing the “WINIK!”
Cloffice: A room that is being used as an office but is actually a closet. The office and the closet co-exist.