Thursday, December 6, 2012
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.