Understanding trendy neologisms

@inproceedings{Lehrer2003UnderstandingTN,
  title={Understanding trendy neologisms},
  author={Adrienne Lehrer},
  year={2003}
}
New words have been entering English at an ever increasing rate. Although this phenomenon is often associated with new things, processes, and concepts that need names, there is also a great increase, indeed acceleration, in clever, trendy, eye-and-ear-catching words. I have been especially interested in blends – underlying compounds in which part of one word or both words are clipped. A few blends have existed for a long time. Smog (smoke + fog) is cited in Merriam Webster dictionaries and the… CONTINUE READING
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