Yesterday I was talking about the phenomena of forgetting someone’s name immediately after they are introduced to you. The word name-nesia just came to me and I was pretty sure I had never heard it before. I just coined a word! Well, not so fast. I went to Urban Dictionary, of course, and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t already there but with a slightly-off definition. That’s okay, I added a new one (pending review).
My brilliant wife coined a new word for being fired from your job for breastfeeding (more on that in a later post). She’s following a 3 step process for getting the word out there.
- Define the word in Urban Dictionary: just register and submit
- Define the word in wikis: Wikipedia and create your own at PBWiki
- Blog about it: Use it as often as you can in your blog, your MySpace profile, just everywhere
Creating a Wikipedia entry can be pretty daunting but all the work has actually been done for you. Find a similar entry that you like, click the edit button next to it, and copy the whole thing, then paste it into your own entry. Edit from there, change the definition and references to suit your needs. There’s no need to learn any html or go too much into wiki etiquette. Hunter & Associates does a great post on why you need a wiki and how to get one going.
Ezra Pound always said “make it new” when it came to language (or was that Confucius?). We should always find ways to express ourselves more accurately and if it takes creating a new word to do it, well now you know how!
In the comments: Let me know if you’ve coined any words. If so, let me know and I’ll work them into a post.