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lyra
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 11:31:51 AM
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I thought this was a fun little article. I have never heard of the word grok...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-peters/made-up-words-neologism_b_703977.html
kisholoy mukherjee
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 11:45:39 AM
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A clockwork Orange.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 12:22:33 PM

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Asimov might have invented word robotics but the word robot was introduced by Czech writer Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) in 1921. The word comes from Czech word robota meaning serf labor.
tiggr
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The term grok was quite popular among the geeks when I was young.
tiggr
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 3:59:38 PM
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As far as made up words, try Lewis Carroll!
Richard
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 4:29:13 PM
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Some words that Shakespeare gave us: luggage, green-eyed, madcap, zany, hobnob, barefaced and--interestingly enough--puking.
DarkMoon
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 6:25:31 PM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Asimov might have invented word robotics but the word robot was introduced by Czech writer Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) in 1921. The word comes from Czech word robota meaning serf labor.

In the Polish language there also exists a word robota. It's an informal expression used instead of work/job/place of work, depending on the context. Though, I would say it's usually mentioned in a slightly negative meaning (a moaning), for instance: 'Oh, no I have to go to work again.' or 'There is still so much work to do.'. Or something like that. ;-)
kaleem
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 8:43:20 PM
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Language is a living thing. New words keep coming in and old words die with time.




excaelis
Posted: Friday, September 3, 2010 10:42:55 PM

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I think my favourite Shakespeare coinage is ' undress '. So simple.
uuaschbaer
Posted: Saturday, September 4, 2010 9:45:30 AM

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"According to Gavin Alexander, lecturer in English at Cambridge university and fellow of Milton's alma mater, Christ's College, who has trawled the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) for evidence, Milton is responsible for introducing some 630 words to the English language, making him the country's greatest neologist, ahead of Ben Jonson with 558, John Donne with 342 and Shakespeare with 229. Without the great poet there would be no liturgical, debauchery, besottedly, unhealthily, padlock, dismissive, terrific, embellishing, fragrance, didactic or love-lorn. And certainly no complacency. "

The small rest is worth reading too: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jan/28/britishidentity.johncrace
Wanderer
Posted: Saturday, September 4, 2010 5:42:36 PM

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I would have been betting on Shakespeare. Now I know who to use for my "Call A Friend."
TYSON
Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 11:32:18 PM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Asimov might have invented word robotics but the word robot was introduced by Czech writer Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) in 1921. The word comes from Czech word robota meaning serf labor.


Asimov had written years later that he had been unaware of inventing the word "robotics". He had thought the word was already in use.
Luftmarque
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My favorite is quark which James Joyce invented for Finnegans Wake. (FW also has emailia.)
Tovarish
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I am almost sure one of our not-so-famous politicians, one of the Billys, we had a run on them at one time.

Stagflation, composit of Stagnation and Inflation.

It seems to have died a natural or political death.
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