0 Morty Asked: June 17, 2019In: Culture How is a word created? How does it become a generally accepted term by a population? 0 How is a word created? How does it become a generally accepted term by a population? In: Culture Share Facebook 7 Answers Voted henstepl Added an answer on June 17, 2019 at 11:23 pm From POV of a schizophreniac with perhaps thousands of neologisms… a fellow will find making the word is the easy part. Harder is to to get them to overcome their miscalors unto him and to use the words themselves. To that end, more acceptable than the purest neologisms, such as *quark* or whatever keyboard spam, easier are the derivations, the lowest liberties, the *neologoses*. For example, as the dominant does dominate, the *complicant* does complicate. Shouldn’t they? Wouldn’t you be more willing to use that word than, say, *schlarf* for that purpose? Did you even need a definition? There is something which when tasteful is called poetry, and when tasteless and helplessly overdone is called psychiatric *clanging*. To put words together satisfied only that at the intersection of sound and feeling, they’re *right* together. It is a schizophrenicē, if not as quantifiable as its direct consequence in the plurality of neologisms that schizophrenics produce. But quantifiable or not, it may helps them produce the best words of all. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp astronautmyproblem Added an answer on June 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm In addition to everything said here, dictionaries can also “just” add words. It’s always interesting to see what Mariam Webster adds year by year. [new words 2019](https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/new-words-in-the-dictionary) 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp thePopefromTV Added an answer on June 17, 2019 at 8:28 pm Most English words started as Latin or Greek. They were spoken in Latin or Greek by English speakers until people 1) misspelled them more frequently (both on purpose and accidentally) and the misspelling became a more common English word, or 2) purposely added the Latin or Greek word to another part of another word to create a brand new word, or 3) existed unchanged until today, still to be spoken by English speakers. Examples of each of those: 1) The Latin word *pictura* was eventually changed to the English word *picture*. 2) The Latin words *corna* (which means *horn*) and *copia* (which means *plenty*) were combined to make the English word *cornucopia*. 3) The Latin words *villa* and *aqua* meaning *house* and *water* still mean the same things today. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Thaddeauz Added an answer on June 17, 2019 at 8:16 pm It’s a popularity contest, literally. If I decide to use a new word to describe something, people around me will either no use it or start to use that word too. Maybe it’s a convenient word, maybe it describe something that they didn’t know about, maybe it just sound better than the word they used in the past, or maybe there is a word already existing, but they don’t know about it. No matter the reason, if more and more people start to use my word is become a popular word and that’s it. Now at that point, a linguist could look at that word and classify it a certain way, a group of people in charge of a dictionary can decide to include it, or maybe a standardisation office of the language can accept it officially, but that just give legitimacy to the word, but doesn’t change the fact that word was used by a lot of people and part of the common language. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp dan1d1 Added an answer on June 17, 2019 at 8:15 pm Not a language expert. But i assume that our earliest ancestors needed to communicate. What started off as grunts or sounds needed to become more complex to actually describe what they were trying to communicate to each other. Eventually rules were made to help everybody understand each other and language developed from there. English as a language is a mash up of many different languages, with words that have their origin in all sorts of ancient and more modern languages. Nowadays words are either made my mashing words together or modifying already existent words (think spork) or just making up a new word and if enough people use it and it catches on, then that’s a word. Scientific words are often based on latin or Greek origins, or named after the discoverer or something important to the discoverer. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp GlennTheMilkMan Added an answer on June 17, 2019 at 7:21 pm I feel like this phenomenon is a bit too complicated to eli5 but here’s the best I’ve got. We know there are different shades of red. For a long time though, we only had one way to describe the different shades so they were all red. The some day, some one said something like “burgundy” or “crimson”. We find a new way to describe something so that ideas become more robust and easier to picture for others. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Ihabmirdasmalan Added an answer on June 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm There can be existing words that are modified (eg. magestical) or made up words (like today’s slang) . Mainly these words need to be said a lot and then they sort of become offical. That’s the best explaination I have. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Attachment Select file Browse Featured image Select file Browse What is the capital of UK? ( London ) Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.