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Hi, I wonder how a new English word appears and be used commonly. The same problem is how to invent a new English word. Is there any principle to do it?
I have an example for this. The word 'google' would never include the meaning 'search' before the appearance of the powerful search engine 'Google', but now we can say 'google it' instead of 'search it by Google' , is this way of speaking a slang?
Thank you for discussing with me about this problem.
(1) You have asked an excellent question.
(2) Yes, you are correct: sometimes words are "coined" (invented).
(a) The only one that I can recall right now (because it is a very
sad word) is "genocide." Because of what happened during World War
II, a gentleman coined that word.
(3) Also, words change their meaning during the centuries. I remember
reading that many years ago, the word "nice" used to mean something
(4) As you know, English has borrowed many words from other languages.
(a) For example, the Spanish have the word "cucaracha." English
speakers found it easier to pronounce it as "cockroach."
(5) I am sure that you can find some good dictionaries in a library (even
online). A big dictionary will tell you where a word came from. I think
many people say that the Oxford English Dictionary will really help you
understand the history of the words we use. A big library should have
copies of the Oxford English Dictionary to study. (It is also online, but I
do not think it is free.) I think that you would very much enjoy reading
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