Thursday, December 6, 2012

Which New Words Will Survive?

First, here is Professor Allan Metcalf’s law:

As the amount of human-accessible information grows, the probability of any neologism taking hold approaches zero.

Still, Professor Metcalf says words do have a chance of becoming permanent if they have these attributes:

Frequency of use
Diversity of users and situations
Generation of other forms and meanings
Endurance of the concept

You can read more at  the Chronicle of Higher Education.


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