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Old 28th Aug 2006, 23:36   #1
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Default Neologisms

Couldn't find an existing thread for this sort of thing but every now and then you come across a new (or new to you) word that you just have to share. Here's the word in context from a short story called The Mile High Club by Rich Hall.

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She reappeared with a chemical dipped face towel, leaning a bit closer to him than the trained distance. Her name tag read 'Gwendolyn'.
'Are you okay?'
'Never better.'
Sure I can't get you something to eat?'
'No thanks.'
The towels had that nauseating punge that Asians seem to like and everyone else finds nauseating.
I'll forgive him the clumsiness of using 'nauseating' twice like that just for the word 'punge'. Isn't it great? As far as I can see it is a neologism in the sense of it meaning a smell. The only other use of the word (in English) that I can see on a quick shuftie on google is:

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Punge, A delightful mix of punk and grunge
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Old 28th Aug 2006, 23:49   #2
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Nice. He just took the -nt of pungent. I like it.

One I remember, although I can't remember the context, was from Golding's Lord of the Flies when I did it in school. The word was 'flinked', as in 'something flinked down by the beach and caught his eye'. It would seem to be a merge of flashed and winked.
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I hated Martin Amis' repeated use of the word trex in The Information. In large part, due to the fact I couldn't locate a satisfactory definition anywhere online.
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Trex? The only Trex I know is this sort:



... used for cooking and making pastry. You've got me intrigued. What on earth did MA mean by it?
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There was one neologism that sounded awful to me in deadkidsongs. Unfortunately, I don't remember, and although I've got the book next to me now, I don't think I'm going to look for it. At the time I put it in the google, and there were 5 or 6 hits, so either Toby Litt's fanbase caught it up or it was the invention made independently.
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By trex, Martin Amis means bad literature. Or non-literature. I like the word, and use it myself now (you'll probably find a few examples if you do a search here).
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Did he completely make it up or did it exist before and we had just never heard of it before? Is it a noun or an adjective? Is it singular or plural? These are the things that keep me awake at night.
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I like 'trex' too and use it (the word, not the lard) sometimes (though I do use lard for pastry... ). I picture the two things together in my head when I use it - poor literature and old-fashioned lardy stuff.

(Not that lard isn't crucial in making pastry...but that's for the food thread...)
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I always thought that 'discombobulated' was a word that my sister dreamt up, and actually had a bet with her. I lost 50p. It just sounds made up! But it is a truly great word and I try to use it at least once a day now.
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Not exactly a neologism, but my brother was talking on Monday about how no-one he knows recognises the word 'spelk' and they insist he's made it up. Of course it's a quite common word in the North-East - both myself and Mr Col use it. Typical meaning: a splinter.
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