coining words in the age of the Internet

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Wed Aug 25 18:55:08 UTC 2010

There I was feeling pleased with myself in a Facebook post for having
coined the singular digeratus, from digerati, but then I googled it
and found that several people had coined it already. In the old days
you could coin a word or expression and tell yourself that you'd done
something clever (even if you knew that it wouldn't catch on). Today,
it's all too easy to find out that no matter what new word you think
of, lots of people have beat you to it.


Paul Frank
German, French, Italian > English
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