Wiki Wormhole: Grok Wikipedia’s perfectly cromulent list of new words
With more than 4.9 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or looking for the right way to express your most frasmotic contrafribularities. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,912,413-week series, Wiki Wormhole.
This week’s entry: Neologism
What it’s about: While many among us pretend that language is fixed and settled, enshrined in the dictionary as if carved in stone, the lexicon is in fact in constant motion, as antiquated words fall out of favor, and new ones are introduced. Whether new inventions like “internet” or “selfie,” or concepts that we can finally put a word to, like “posterize” or “Schweppervescense,” neologisms are constantly being added to the language, whether you like it or not.
Strangest fact: Some words that seem like they’ve been around forever are in fact …