As if we weren’t already cursed with an excess, writers have a tendency to invent new words dixon-boxen (see?). If you are an entymology nut like myself and can’t get enough of words and their histories, here’s a video that covers 43 words invented by authors (for certain meanings of the word “invented”).
Speaking of new words, here’s an activity you may regret: Go look up your name in the Urban Dictionary.
And one you thoroughly amused/dismayed, here are a bunch of articles on words and where they were first used in print.
- 13 Words You Probably Didn’t Know Were Coined By Authors (HuffPost)
- 17 everyday words invented by famous authors (Grammar & Vocabulary)
- 10 Words Invented by Authors (Mental Floss)
- 15 words invented by authors (OxfordWords blog)
via Making Book