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GondorianPrincess

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making up your own words
« on: February 01, 2009, 02:14:14 PM »
Okay, so here is a question -

How come Jk Rowling can make up her own words (and she was new to the writing scene) and I can't?
I've made up Weably and I liked to use Confunckled. Mum say's that I am not allowed, but I figure that as long as I give my definitions of the words, that it's all right.

Weable/Weabling/Weabled - a cross between Weaving and Wobbling. Weabling. terribly dizzy or overly drunk.

Confunckled - very confused. Nothing makes sense.

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009, 03:27:17 PM »
I make up names of towns all the time. if you invent an object in a story, give it a great name.

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009, 03:27:36 PM »
Yes you can...  other authors have done so many times.    

A lot of the made up words are replacements for cursing of some kind.  ;D  So you may want to be careful how they are used.
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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2009, 03:39:37 PM »
Yep.
I don't see a single reason why you couldn't make up your own words. Unless you lack the creative/linguistic ability, but that doesn't seem to be in question here, seeing the beautiful words you made up already.  ;)

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2009, 03:43:52 PM »
Thank you.

Skip - omg, I would not want to run into a Thwakle! *lol*

Andrew - I did notice that. Star Wars has a lot of made up words too, but you always get the meaning.

Nel - awe, thanks luv! I am not a Professor at the whole language thing. But, at the same time I am not making up an entire language. I just want some words. *lol*

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2009, 05:27:18 PM »
Nil, if you use the made up words in context, there would probably be little need for definition.
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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2009, 05:55:19 PM »
didn't jonathan swift make up YAHOO for gulliver's travels? authors do it all the time.

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2009, 06:05:52 PM »
Nil, if you use the made up words in context, there would probably be little need for definition.

That's what I thought. *lol*

wait a second, Yahoo and Gulivers travels? how does that work out? *lol*

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2009, 08:36:00 PM »
How about Anthony Burgess's 'A Clockwork Orange'?

There's an interesting list of the words he 'invented' for the book at http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Concordance:A_Clockwork_Orange.

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2009, 11:35:44 PM »
I thought thwakle was the injury received from or the sound made by a nun's ruler!  ;D
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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2009, 12:32:29 AM »
this one has a motor, and does it 20 times a second.

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2009, 11:35:08 AM »
(Just in case somebody doesn't know, in the land where horses ruled, Gulliver found that people, who were beasts of burden, were called Yahoos.  http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext97/gltrv10h.htm)

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2009, 11:42:20 AM »


Finnegans Wake anyone?
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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2009, 12:11:55 PM »
So than the dude who started Yahoo was probably reading Gulivers Travels and it stuck in his head.
How could he have gotten around the copywrite? *lol*

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Re: making up your own words
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2009, 01:33:43 PM »
So than the dude who started Yahoo was probably reading Gulivers Travels and it stuck in his head.
How could he have gotten around the copywrite? *lol*
because yahoo became an english everyday word. Yahoo = a bestial person.