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This tag is for newly coined words or phrases that have not yet been accepted into mainstream usage.

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"Tragic situation" instead of "situation tragedy"?

Reading this New York Times article about Mash, I came across this phrase: Some guy in charge of programming said, “What is this, a situation tragedy?” Does "situation tragedy" make sense? ...
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Is "learnable" a valid English word?

In my thesis I am quoting a passage from a paper in which the author* used the word "learnable" in the sense of something that is easy to be learned. I have searched for the word in both the Merriam-...
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How does a word become an English word? Is there a word for that?

How to term those words which are not by default English but are added over time? Consider for example Google. Is it an English word now? Or is it just a usage?
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How should I use the "in-", "im-", "il-", and "ir-" prefixes?

Consider the following words: impossible; incorrect; impatient; illegal; irregular; The meaning of the prefixes is the same (negation the adverb), but they are still different prefixes. ...
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Since English is not spelled as pronounced, who decides on how to write it when a new word has been created?

I have been thinking about it for some time and really wonder. It is the spelling in the English language. Since English is not spelled as pronounced or vice versa(not pronounced as spelled), I ...
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What is your idea about using "practicalize"?

I'm writing a SOP, in the following sentence I have used the word "practicalize" (utilize). in my view, it's an appropriate and beautiful word to use in academic essays, but when I googled it, I found ...
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Is there a word "Pisser" in English gambling?

I have happened to see a Japanese anime, which is about a natural born gambler, (with English subtitles) And they (The honcho group and other "workers") are gambling dices. From 22:51 ~ The honcho ...
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How to use special pronoun?

I want to use some special pronoun. For example, the "have-nots" means who have nothing. If I am trying to say "the ___ want to earn more by working hard", should I use "want" or "wants"? I just ...
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Meanings of two specific phrases by Nabokov

Recently I am translating some letters written by Nabokov to his wife Vera. The great difficulty is that in those personal letters he created many words that are hard to understand by a third person. ...
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summarising a process within a sentence

Here, I am describing a small reconstruction process. I have set of boundary line segments (not connected) relevant to a certain object. I am intersecting adjacent line segments one after the other ...
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What's the term to designate the absence of bureaucracy? [duplicate]

I am searching a term which means: absence of forms, bureaucracy and long procedures. I don't know if formless could be correct as long as it is a neologism.
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Is playing with someone in Quake "quaking" with someone?

I often see new words being made up in English quite easily. Is this correct? What are the guidelines I should follow? For example, there's a legendary game known as Quake, and there have been people ...
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What does it mean for a word to be coined?

I came across the coiner word : pneumonoultramiscropicsiliconvolcanoconiosis today, and reading the definition it was a coined word, as expected. I thought a coined word was a word that was made from ...
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Can I use "google-translate" as a verb?

I wanted to say: "I asked the question in English and received the answer in German. I don't mind the language because I can easily google-translate it." Can I say it this way? Please advise;...
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Is this phrase-adjective grammatically correct?

Is this phrase-adjective grammatically correct? This push-onto-the-core network sends packet onto its core and then the core sends it to the destination after reading the packets. This is ...
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What does the word "duck-off" mean here?

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "duck-off" in the following sentence: You should get ready for the duck-off! The sentence is from a game where players must hatch as many ducks ...
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Is "kbeznak parmatonic" still a neologism if I created it a week ago?

I understand that neologism means a newly coined word. But if I coined kbeznak parmatonic one week ago, is it still a neologism? I even created a website explaining what the word is, so it is no ...
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