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Do you agree with using newly-coined words?

Asked by ahro0703 (376points) June 3rd, 2016

These days, the usage of coined words are increasing. Coined words mean a new word or expression. In the case of my country, Korea, teens use a LOT of coined words. This kind of change might be positive or negative. What do you think about newly-coined words?

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zenvelo's avatar

Teens the world over use new terms as a way to differentiate themselves from parents teachers and grow ups in general. To that extent, it is fine,

I don’t use many new words or slang or jargon myself, but that is because I am an old curmudgeon who feels he needs to be clear in communication.

Pachy's avatar

What @zenvelo said. Times 2.

Seek's avatar

I’m 30 and American.

I love words in general, but I am a stickler for correct grammar. I’m happy to adopt new words and phrases, as long as I can accept them as matching what I consider to be the established pattern of my language.

Of course, the new slang will only be used informally.

Buttonstc's avatar

This is really not a new trend. It’s been happening for ages.

If something is clever or sounds cute, I might let it creep into my speech, but a lot of this stuff will be here today and gone tomorrow.

(I still don’t know how or why “on fleek” became a thing, but it’s just not something I can imagine myself ever using.)

trolltoll's avatar

I believe it is a perfectly cromulent practice.

Buttonstc's avatar

@trolltoll

Nice use of neologism there. It really embiggens the concept :)

You must be a fan of The Simpsons :)
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_the_Iconoclast
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Setanta's avatar

English is a madhouse of new words, and has been for centuries. Shakespeare is said to have invented more than 1500 new words. When i was younger, it would irritate me. I don’t why, but “to network,” and “networking” really bothered me. After all, we already have the word reticulate. But people don’t know a lot of English vocabulary, Not because they’re stupid, nor because they’re ignorant. There are well over a million words in English now, so you can’t expect people to know very many of them. So, bring on the new words. Just don’t expect me to understand them all.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Mostly I’m indifferent. I use coin words sometimes too, but not because I want to look trendy or anything. And I don’t use them indicriminatingly either. The ultimate goal of communication is to be understood after all.

stanleybmanly's avatar

For a language to temain viable, isn’t an ever expanding vocabulary rather essential?

zenvelo's avatar

To use a word that was in a speech by someone running for President, English is a bigly language.

We all use words in everyday life that no one was using 25 years ago, mostly in speaking of computers and communications and the internet. As @stanleybmanly points out, language grows and changes to be viable.

Magical_Muggle's avatar

Uhm, you are talking to the chief coiner of words.
Yes, of course it is perfectly acceptable to use “Shitting Hell” as an exclamation.
PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE!

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

“Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent, and our language—so the argument runs—must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.”

—Politics and the English Language by George Orwell, 1946

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