Language is a Jellyfish

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“Language is a city, to the building of which every human being brought a stone; yet he is no more to be credited with the grand result than the acaleph which adds a cell to the coral reef which is the basis of the continent.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wilma has made up some words, like “shimpee” for the sleepiness that comes from her anti-histamine, and “push-growler” for lawnmower. I haven’t made up any besides “Pasadenamanian” and “Pasadenish” (like Dane and Danish) for my fellow locals, and it remains to be seen whether those will stick to the lexicon.

Someone should get credit for “acaleph,” at the very least.

What words have you created?

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  1. William Kendall - March 17, 2017 @ 11:58

    I can’t say I’ve created any, though occasionally I adapt a word in a different way.

    • Petrea - March 17, 2017 @ 16:02

      That’s an excellent use of our versatile language, I’d say.

  2. magiceye - March 18, 2017 @ 02:32

    ‘Photing’ – Jotting on a photograph. 🙂

    • Petrea - March 18, 2017 @ 08:26

      Good one!

  3. Lowell - March 18, 2017 @ 05:58

    You probably don’t want to know some of the words I’ve created. They usually come in moments of anguish or anger! 🙂

    • Petrea - March 18, 2017 @ 08:27

      I’ll bet those are some of your most creative.

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