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Thursday, July 19, 2007


here's a nice neologism, coined to define people who obsess about celebrities in the media.

I am not quite sure whether it's the merge of news and erotica, or neurotics (does this last one even exists in English? the spell checker doesn't seem to mind it).

Oh yes, credit where it's due, I came across it while Looming (that is, browsing The Loom). I will get back on the Oxford University Press blog again (and again and again and again), to discover some more about how words are selected to enter the dictionaries. I wonder if the process is different depending on the languages, with more structured languages taking more time to "accept" neologisms. And what about ideographic languages? If I am not mistaken there's many ways a gliph can be read aloud. so may be neologisms are easier to invent and harder to detect there, as long as you look only in written media.

intriguing... and googling for pictures of ideograms, I found something new by chance (from PubMed/Medline):

Jpn J Psychiatry Neurol. 1989 Jun;43(2):137-42.Related Articles, Links

Schizophrenic neologism versus aphasic neologism: characteristics in writings of Japanese schizophrenic patients.

Moriyama N, Nakao H.

Yahata Kosei Hospital, Kitakyushu, Japan.

Three cases of schizophrenia with ideographic neologisms in Japanese are presented and compared with aphasic neologisms reported in Japanese literature. Schizophrenic neologisms are different from aphasic neologisms in nature. The contrast becomes obvious when both are compared in Japanese writing based on the dual writing system of kanji (Chinese characters, ideogram) and kana (phonetic characters, syllabogram).

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PMID: 2477575 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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