What Makes A Word?

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Posted-30/05/2015 by Iain Campbell
What Makes a Word, a Word?
If a new word or neologism is not created by a lexicographer (the person who compiles a dictionary), or any individual, then who decides what words will be a part of the English language? The speakers of the language are who choose what words are used and which are not. It’s the day to day users of the language introducing and maintaining words, this is what evolves and shapes the way the English language is spoken and understood by the people who use it.
There are a number ways in which a new word can be introduced into any given language, in this post I will focus on the English language and the techniques commonly used to make new words in the language. Not only does a word need to be created to ‘be part’ of a language but it needs to be used as part of the language regularly to be well recognised and accepted by the speakers, and there for an official word in the language.
Shared Words
The first way a word can be made is through a different language sharing or ‘donating’ a word with another language or country. An English example of this technique would be the word ‘ninja’ which English speakers took from the Japanese and now is sometimes recognised as an English word. Once the word is taken from a language the pronunciation and origins of the word become lost with time and people can forget or are not able to tell that the word has foreign origins. Similarly Caramel is ‘stolen’ from another language and
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