Chortle at some nonce words and neologisms

Who knew that Dr.Seuss coined the term “nerd” way back in 1950 in his now canceled book If I Ran the Zoo. Well, it seems that Dr. Erica Brozovsky was aware of the origin of the now ubiquitous nonce word. In the very informative and entertaining short video below she examines how many common words joined the English language. I never knew that Richard Dawkins created the term meme.

NB: If the video does not appear, please click on the short link url at the bottom of your email.

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1 Response to Chortle at some nonce words and neologisms

  1. Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know Dr Erica, nor this pbs series. Fascinating!

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