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neologism

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neologism

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neologism (s)
  1. (linguistics) A word or phrase which has recently been coined; a new word or phrase.
  2. (linguistics) (uncountable) The act or instance of coining, or uttering a new word.
  3. (linguistics) The newly coined, meaningless words or phrases of someone with a psychosis, usually schizophrenia.

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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.

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  • 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.

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