DailyDirt: Making Up Words

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The English language creates new words all the time and steals words from other languages to bulk up its vocabulary. Maybe it's not fair to other languages, but then the consequences are that English grammar is highly irregular and correct spellings sometimes require knowledge of the word origins. Here are just a few interesting tidbits on creating new words. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.
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    MikeVx (profile), 5 Dec 2012 @ 7:54pm

    Extreme Making Up Words.

    A friend of mine has gone on an extreme kick of making up silly words with sillier definitions and has even published them in an e-book dictionary. He's trying the tactic of promoting on Facebook with iffy results.

    I'm not sure if it would be appropriate to name it here (I'll check back later for comments) but I will say that if you are curious, visiting a popular sales site named for a large river and searching on "very silly words" makes it easy to find. Getting it on other e-book sites is being worked on, but if nothing has gone wrong, there is no DRM to interfere with migrating it to your choice of reader. I was able to convince the author that irritating your customer base was not a great idea.

    So far the CwF is going well, the RtB, not so much, but this is an experiment. Whether it works or not, we'll find out.

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