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definition of the word neologism

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Neologism

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Singular
neologism

Plural
countable and uncountable; neologisms

neologism (countable and uncountable; plural neologisms)

  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.

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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