Mar
30

COULD YOU BE THE NEXT NEOTERIST?

By Merna Skinner (Words at Work) - Comments Off on COULD YOU BE THE NEXT NEOTERIST?

At the start of this year there were 1,013,913 words in the English language, according to The Global Language Monitor. GLM estimates that a new word is created every 98 minutes! www.languagemonitor.com.

Not too long ago – June 2009 – we crossed the millionth word mile marker with the controversial question: Should “Web 2.0” count as a word? Lively debates ensued and in the end the answer was yes.

Controversy also comes when we consider how people communicate. For example, Amanda Knox was labeled as guilty by the Italian media, based in part on her facial expressions, which were described as cold and without remorse.

Words, and the way we convey them, are at the heart of every human interaction. That’s what Words at Work will examine. In upcoming posts, we’ll offer observations about public discourse and give advice on communicating in the workplace. We’ll look at public speaking and debate in the presidential race and we’ll give you useful tips when you’re preparing a speech or writing a difficult letter. We welcome your thoughts and questions, so subscribe today!

For now, we invite you to become a neoterist. What’s a neoterist? – it’s someone who coins new words or phrases, (emphasis on OT). John Glenn, former senator and first man on the moon, recently did it.When asked to comment on his legacy, he said that he was less interested in the past and more interested in the present and future. He then told the interviewer that he’d invented a new word, “live-acy.”

So here’s your opportunity to contribute to your liveacy. What new word or phrase would you like to see enter the lexicon? Share your thoughts below. You have 98 minutes…Go!

We also welcome your thoughts and questions about speaking in public, writing to and interacting with others, listening, answering questions and responding to the media.

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