From Emory Report
The best way to launch a new word is to pretend that it isn’t new and just start using it, says Mikhail Epstein, an Emory professor of cultural theory and Russian literature.
Epstein recently published “PreDictionary: An Exploration of Blank Spaces in Language.”
“Predictionary means a draft, a germ of a dictionary,” he says. And it refers to a collection of predictions about new words that he hopes will emerge from the book to fill in gaps of meaning.
Happiness, for instance, is such a high-pressure word, referring to a largely unsustainable state.
Another gem is “inventure,” which he defines as “an adventure of mind, creative and engaging intellectual action.”
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