Friday, April 21, 2006

my head just exploded

I ran across this today on wikipedia...

Neologisms are by definition "new," and as such are often directly attributable to a specific individual, publication, period or event. The term "neologism" was itself coined around 1800; so for some time in the early 19th Century, the word "neologism" was itself a neologism.

That just blew my mind.


Blogger Mike Larkin said...

Haha...whoa. That's pretty trippy...can a word define itself by it's very existance?

Until "neologism" existed, there wasn't a term for what a neologism, in benig created, it not only gave a concrete term to a particular situation, it also served as a concrete example of the said situa-- buggers, my eyes have gone cross.

10/04/2006 09:42:00 AM  

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