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neologism - Changing culture, Cultural acceptance, Evolution of neologisms, Sources of neologism, Neologisms in literature, Quotation

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A term referring to any newly coined word, usually identifying a new concept. In the 1980s, English neologisms included yuppie, glitz, pocket phone, and user-friendly. In the 1990s, Internet neologisms were prominent, such as spam and texting. In the 2000s, this trend has continued, for example with a cluster of neologisms to do with blogging, such as videoblog and blogosphere. The term is also used in the field of language pathology, where it refers to the coining of a word of obscure or no meaning; the phenomenon is found in aphasia, schizophrenia, and several other disorders.

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