What Makes a Word? You’re About to Find Out

By Richard K. Noots

John Koenig has been inventing words for complex emotions for a couple years now. His creation, called the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, is filled with words that have been created for very specific instances. Now the real question is: Are these words real?

Well, any linguist will tell you ‘Yes,’ for sure. Why? Well, when you look at the history of words, you’ll realize they’ve all been made up. Even Shakespeare was making up his own vernacular suitable for his plays. Plus, with a language like English, we already love making up new words. Why not join in on the fun?



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