Visit the forum if you have a language query!
- (linguistics) A word or phrase which has recently been coined; a new word or phrase.
- (linguistics) (uncountable) The act or instance of coining, or uttering a new word.
- (linguistics) The newly coined, meaningless words or phrases of someone with a psychosis, usually schizophrenia.
For a word to no longer be considered new, it needs to be understood by a significant portion of the population, as having always been a valid word. For that to occur, the word must have been in common use for approximately one generation; fifteen to twenty years. No exact measure of how long a word needs to be part of the language to no longer be considered "new" is universally accepted.
- The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style. Bryan A. Garner. Oxford University Press, 2000. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. 21 June 2006
- The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Elsewhere on the web