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Topic 2 (session A) - Being creative with words and phrases > New words for old

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Session Overview
(Semi) Automatic poetry
Introducing word classes
More on word classes
Manipulating word classes
Changing word class - affixation
Changing word class - functional conversion
New words for old
Word class problems
Word class checklist
Useful Links
Grammar Website

New words for old

Accessible / Text version of task

I like neologisms.
You can compress old words together
into one snugcompactunit.
Or you can force
an alternative understanding of an old word
by using it in a different toothbrush.
In addition, you can create brand new words,
which have a high degree of meaningocity --
excelling in their signifiness
pregnanticative gistisms,
and inventorised purnotation.
Or, on the other hand, you can
create words which are totally

Take each of the emboldened words in turn and work out(a) how the neologism is created and (b) what effect(s) you think Dixon is trying to create with the new word. Then, after you have given your reasons, compare your analysis with ours.

Our answers



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