Neologism in Literature

A neologism is a new word. A term coined by a writer or person speaking in conversation defines an experience, object, or feeling. Sometimes it’s created to create humour, and sometimes it’s used when other words don’t fit the situation. For example, if you feel an emotion you have never felt before and cannot find the words to describe it, you may create a word to describe your emotion.

Type of neologism-

There are various types of neologism. They include:

·   Derivatives: This type of coinage takes words from other languages, such as Latin, and integrates them into English. For example, the word “villa” is Latin for the house. Today, this word appears in “village” and “villager.”

·   Blend Words: Humorous words that combine multiple words to create new words. A good example of this is brunch, which combines breakfast and lunch.

·   Transposed Words: Words taken from another language changed significantly to fit in English. For example, “Weiner,” which means “hot dog” in German, is used to describe a dog breed.

Writers create neologisms to fill narrative gaps, create humour, or redefine situations. Some neologisms are unnecessary and can detract from the overall impact of the story or poem.