Do you know what a ‘dumbphone’ or a ‘flexitarian’ is?

A post in the Language in the news series. See more.

New words are invented all the time – some catch on, and some don’t. We look at processes of word formation, and the reasons for the success of some words over others, in LING102 From babies to adults: how experience affects our language. Here’s a recent news item from the BBC, which looks at how new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Once new words are added, they are not removed, so choosing to add a word is a fairly big decision.

Has ‘dumbphone’ or ‘flexitarian’ reached New Zealand yet?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20869405

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