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These words are all considered neologisms. The word 'neologism' comes from the Greek words for 'new' and 'speech'. It literally means a new phrase or word.
The name below the definition is the person or publication credited with coining the word or the modern use of the word.
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Oct 19th, 2012 at 04:22 GMT
It's spelled Pollyanna.
Oct 19th, 2012 at 12:55 GMT
"Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield." "I don't know why. It's a perfectly cromulent word." :-D
Oct 19th, 2012 at 15:11 GMT
Fun quiz! One issue I have though is your definition for prion is a bit overly broad. Not all (and in fact most) misfolded proteins are prions. Prions are unique because they cause the misfolded state to spread to other proteins, and behave as PRotein virIONs.
Oct 19th, 2012 at 18:47 GMT
I did pretty good on this considering I have no idea what a neologism is.
Oct 19th, 2012 at 19:26 GMT
I for one welcome our new snowclone overlords.
Oct 19th, 2012 at 19:43 GMT
A lot of Simpsons references here.
Oct 19th, 2012 at 20:31 GMT
@Evil44- Only two (cromulent and embiggen). @tabbyclaw- Mmmmm... snowclones. @dragynbob- I didn't want it to be too long. I'll try to find a reasonably short definition that works.
Oct 20th, 2012 at 02:18 GMT
you have typos in your clues for x-rays and red state/blue state
Oct 23rd, 2012 at 01:18 GMT
I had no idea at all about this word, but after getting it through eliminating the other possibilities I think I finally grokked grok.
Oct 26th, 2012 at 06:57 GMT
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Nov 1st, 2012 at 04:22 GMT
I would desire another minute to ponder some of the definitions...but I don't know if the quiz actually needs more time. Maybe I need a faster brain to grok the answers.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 04:35 GMT
Can I suggest the name of the person coining the word or term be put in a smaller font, (e.g. add <sub> in front of the name)
Nov 1st, 2012 at 04:39 GMT
"Gerrymander" was coined in 1812; "X-ray", the 1890s; "quixotic", 1718. Perhaps the real newly-coined word here is "newly", which stretches back much farther than I realized.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 04:42 GMT
Since you included the full names of all the other "coiners", the clue for "Quixotic" should really say Miguel de Cervantes, not just "Cervantes."
Nov 1st, 2012 at 04:55 GMT
I would argue that a lightsaber is also a fictional photon based weapon.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 05:44 GMT
Great quiz. Baba Booey!
Nov 1st, 2012 at 07:03 GMT
I find this quiz cromulent.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:15 GMT
Good quiz, although I have to agree with @Tahnan on the definition of "new". Also, laser and radar are no longer spelled with all-caps. http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/laser
Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:43 GMT
Putting the word "new" in there is just the definition of a neologism - it's a word that is newly invented to serve a purpose. These words are all neologisms even though they were invented a long time ago.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 12:55 GMT
-Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield. -I don’t know why. It’s a perfectly cromulent word.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 13:58 GMT
@Tahnan & shorlin- I originally titled this quiz "Neologisms." I think the admins changed it to "Newly Coined Words" because not that many people are familiar with the word "neologism". I'd certainly agree that many of these words are not new. @CorellonL- A light saber is composed of plasma, not photons.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 14:55 GMT
Nov 1st, 2012 at 15:11 GMT
@Hejman and @emjaylambert: Thanks for the clarification. That makes much more sense now.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 15:15 GMT
I agree with Pogues, that more time would be nice. There are some quizzes where speed is part of the object of the quiz, but this doesn't seem like one of them. I like the idea of the quiz, but didn't fully enjoy it, as this isn't the kind of quiz a person should be rushed in. Just my opinion.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 15:18 GMT
RADAR was coined by the RAF, not the US Navy
Nov 1st, 2012 at 15:24 GMT
This is a perfectly cromulent quiz.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 16:17 GMT
Grok means "to drink".
Nov 1st, 2012 at 16:19 GMT
pixon: Even the BBC says it was coined by the USN (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/topics/radar). The RAF was the first organization that used it so successfully.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 16:34 GMT
It's spelled Jon Hein. No "h" in Jon.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 19:58 GMT
I would suggest crediting "cromulent" to David X. Cohen rather than S. He did coin the term while using the S, but he currently pens using X and is far better known with the X.
Nov 1st, 2012 at 20:11 GMT
I almost confused embiggen with embiggin. You know from the show Wings e.g. "The statement was so crude, you knew it em Biggin's that said it"
Nov 1st, 2012 at 20:16 GMT
Pentaglobular. (Coined by Mimbleton.)
Nov 1st, 2012 at 20:37 GMT
This quiz rocks! That is, it was enjoyable and did what it needed to do particularly well. I am a big fan of this quiz. Plus I learned some stuff, which is always nice (except when you "learn" that you're wanted in several states for wire fraud and halitosis--that, I could live without).
Nov 1st, 2012 at 23:01 GMT
The moment when a TV show irreparably declines in quality... isn't that called the pilot?
Nov 1st, 2012 at 23:07 GMT
Is "truthiness" a "thing" or a quality? Otherwise good...
Nov 2nd, 2012 at 00:29 GMT
Nice quiz, I really enjoyed it!!!!
Nov 2nd, 2012 at 00:52 GMT
Who coined the phrase 'coined the phrase'?
Nov 2nd, 2012 at 01:31 GMT
@Tom007- You piqued my curiosity so I looked it up. It turns out that I've been using the phrase "coined the phrase" incorrectly my entire life. It doesn't refer to the first person to use the phrase but rather the first person to profit from it (that is, to earn a coin from it). That being said, the good folks at etymological site www.takeourword.com say that the first use of the phrase was in 1589 by English writer George Puttenham.
Nov 2nd, 2012 at 02:53 GMT
Is a lightsaber not photon based? It is, after all, a "light"saber.
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