A little while back, I read The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth, which is all about words and their origins. An awful lot have just been made up (And I guess all of them have really), which made me wonder about my own word invention. For example ‘chunnering’, which isn’t a word. I always thought it was. Perhaps it’s a misheard ‘chuntering’. I wonder how many more words I remember unrightly.
A friend used the word ‘yawk’ in a novel, so I decided to use it too.
As they walked on, seagulls yawked overhead and the pier came into view. It was such a bright day; she’d have to buy a parasol.
Does that count as a new word? How many people have to use it before it is?