New Words

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?


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