In my notebook I’ve been collecting new words. Not ‘newly discovered words’, but words I make up. Apparently, there is a word for making up words- neologism means ‘a new word, often consisting of a combination of other words, that is understood only by the speaker’. Perfect!
Do you sometimes feel there are not enough words in the English language to express precisely how you feel in a specific moment.
Or, in the middle of a conversation, have you ever felt the need to make a word up, so it works for you; by adding bits on the end like ‘ing’ or ‘ness’, instead of finding the correct word, because it means searching your mind (and taking you away from ‘the moment’), to find a word which is complete different in sound anyway and not fitting with the situation?
For example, a friend was organising a group of us to go out for dinner then going on to see a band-
– she sent a message which read, ‘We’re booked for dinner and others coming later. Looking forward to it. Band starts at 8pm’- she didn’t mention what time dinner was-
-‘What time are we ‘dinner-ing’?’ seemed appropriate-
When I write these new words, I always follow them with an ‘explanation’ in brackets eg: (Not a word? It is now!!)
Making up a word makes more sense than searching for the right word for a particular situation (ie: ‘eating’); it lacks immediacy as you take your mind away from the situation , and the word doesn’t sound anything remotely related to ‘dinner’, and, therefore not relevant; ‘dinner-ing’ seems to step right in, to be a natural flow-on from ‘dinner’.
Another example- a girlfriend she said something extremely funny, and I just wanted to hug her (which I did)- I said, ‘you are ‘ Gorgeousness’- in this instance describing her as gorgeous or beautiful or funny just didn’t seem to be powerful enough, but to name her so was more precise.
‘Formaty’ – is another- to describe something which has form, lots of sharp sudden edges- when I was trying to describe the straight-edged pattern on a quilt cover.
Perhaps my brain is getting tired of finding the ‘right word’, of conforming to society’s niceties, and sometimes failing (on both counts!!), and simply makes up a word- very creative !!
Have you had any situations which required new words, does your mind make up that word for you? I’d love to hear about them!