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December 09, 2011


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Has anyone ever done a study on how long contrived words such as these and many like them stay in use and eventually make their way into common usage? I don't know what one woukd do with the data, but it would be interesting.


Apologies for the "woukd".

Virtual Linguist

Thanks, John. I don't know of any data, I'm afraid. It's odd how some words capture the imagination and others disappear without trace. It depends, I suppose, on whether they are picked up and used by the media, which seem to have the power over these things.

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