Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Words: What Our Books Hinge Upon
Recently I ran into an article on Mental Floss.com titled 35 Modern Words Added to the Dictionary. The article talks about new blended or coined phrases or words we have in the English language. Check-out the article.
14. La-la Land
18. Muffin Top
24. Purple State
Do you know all the words? Definitions are in the article if not. I know I didn't know all of them. Some of them I could figure out the meeting, but had never heard the saying. I am not sure I would say the word Droolworthy to anyone but my dog.
I certainly will not being adding Crunk to any book anytime soon. That is unless I have a very unintelligent teenage boy as a character.
As a writer, I love learning new words. I do the elementary school thing by trying to look at the context of the word being used to figure out its meaning. I LOVE that on my Kindle I can move the cursor over the word and it shows me the definition. I collect words, I use new ones three times to solidify them as mine, and love hearing people say some new words then look them up when they leave the room. It is always fun when I find out they used it incorrectly.
FYI my spellcheck only recognized 7 out of 35 of these words.
Where do you get your new words?
Will you use any of these 35 newly added to the dictionary words in any of your books?
Have you made up words in your book?