The Hidden History of Coined Words

Author:   Ralph Keyes (Author of The Post Truth Era )
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN:  

9780190466763


Pages:   356
Publication Date:   September 2021
Format:   Hardback
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Successful word-coinages--those that stay in currency for a good long time--tend to conceal their beginnings. We take them at face value and rarely when and where they were first minted. Engaging, illuminating, and authoritative, Ralph Keyes's The Hidden History of Coined Words explores the etymological underworld of terms and expressions and uncovers plenty of hidden gems. He also finds some fascinating patterns, such as that successful neologisms are as likely to be created by chance as by design. A remarkable number of new words were coined whimsically, originally intended to troll or taunt. Knickers, for example, resulted from a hoax; big bang from an insult. Casual wisecracking produced software, crowdsource, and blog. More than a few resulted from happy accidents, such as typos, mistranslations, and mishearing (bigly and buttonhole), or from being taken entirely out of context (robotics). Neologizers (a Thomas Jefferson coinage) include not just scholars and writers but cartoonists, columnists, children's book authors. Wimp originated with a book series, as did goop, and nerd from a book by Dr. Seuss. Coinages are often contested, controversy swirling around such terms as gonzo, mojo, and booty call. Keyes considers all contenders, while also leading us through the fray between new word partisans, and those who resist them strenuously. He concludes with advice about how to make your own successful coinage. The Hidden History of Coined Words will appeal not just to word mavens but history buffs, trivia contesters, and anyone who loves the immersive power of language.

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Author:   Ralph Keyes (Author of The Post Truth Era )
Publisher:   Oxford University Press Inc
Imprint:   Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 16.40cm , Height: 2.60cm , Length: 24.20cm
Weight:   0.726kg
ISBN:  

9780190466763


ISBN 10:   0190466766
Pages:   356
Publication Date:   September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   To order   Availability explained

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The Hidden History of Coined Words is filled with intriguing information. Anyone who loves words, the history of language, or well-told stories will be glad they read this fascinating book. * Rosalie Maggio, author of How to Say It: Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences & Paragraphs for Every Situation * If my reaction is typical, people will start reading and not be able to put it down. It's very witty and learned - and interesting! * Landon Y. Jones, author of The Essential Lewis and Clark *


If my reaction is typical, people will start reading and not be able to put it down. It's very witty and learned DL and interesting! -- Landon Y. Jones, author of The Essential Lewis and Clark The Hidden History of Coined Words is filled with intriguing information. Anyone who loves words, the history of language, or well-told stories will be glad they read this fascinating book. -- Rosalie Maggio, author of How to Say It: Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences & Paragraphs for Every Situation Eloquent and instructive...Mr. Keyes's range of reference is admirable...every page contains toothsome detail. Mr. Keyes is as happy recalling the (imaginary) Brooklyn hoodlum Evil-Eye Fleagle, exponent of the


If my reaction is typical, people will start reading and not be able to put it down. It's very witty and learned DL and interesting! -- Landon Y. Jones, author of The Essential Lewis and Clark The Hidden History of Coined Words is filled with intriguing information. Anyone who loves words, the history of language, or well-told stories will be glad they read this fascinating book. -- Rosalie Maggio, author of How to Say It: Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences & Paragraphs for Every Situation Eloquent and instructive EL Mr. Keyes's range of reference is admirable EL every page contains toothsome detail. Mr. Keyes is as happy recalling the (imaginary) Brooklyn hoodlum Evil-Eye Fleagle, exponent of the


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Ralph Keyes's seventeen books include The Post-Truth Era, which was cited by Oxford Dictionaries as the primary source of post-truth, their 2016 Word of the Year. Keyes also wrote Is There Life After High School?, which inspired a Broadway musical. His other books include Euphemania, The Courage to Write, and Chancing It, a New York Times Notable Book of the year. Keyes has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, ABC World News Tonight, and 20/20. He's been interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered, On the Media, and Fresh Air. His articles have been published by GQ, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Glamour, Newsweek, Parade, Sports Illustrated, Harper's, and The American Scholar, where he also wrote a column on language. Several essays by him have been deemed Notable by the annual compilation of Best American Essays. Keyes lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Muriel.

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