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neologism

A neologism (pronounced nee-AH-low-djism) is a newly invented word or term. Neologisms would seem to occur at a greater rate in cultures with rapidly changing technologies and with greater means for information dispersal.

A neology is, according to our Webster's, the use of a new word or the use of an existing word but given a new meaning. A second meaning given by Webster's for neologism is that of "a meaningless word coined by a psychotic."

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