Nonce upon a time…

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Nonce words are words invented for a particular occasion usually made by blending of two existing words; often blending two concepts or objects in response to a specific context.

Family slang can be littered with these. Here are few of my daughter´s, invented during early language development which have become common usage in our house:

Birdknocker (woodpecker)

Bounceline (trampoline)

Quackling, (a baby duck - quack and duckling)

Floudery (flour and powdery)

Examples found in books by Roald Dahl



Examples used by Ken Dodd, a British entertainer

Titilifarious (titilating and hilarious)

Plumtuous (plump and sumptuous)

Some have even made it into the Oxford Dictionary, recognised as compound words.



Julie MacDermott, UK


12 Jul 2011
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