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The Coining of Words Illustrate your essay with specific examples.

What is Coinage?

Coinage is defined as the act or process of inventing a new word, term, phrase or expression. It is also known as Neologism. 'Neologism' is itself a word coined in the year 1800 from the combination of the prefix 'neo-', which means 'new' in Greek, the word 'logos', which means 'speech' or 'discourse' in Greek, and the suffix '-ism'.  However, coined words are often not totally "new". They are at times borrowed from other languages, and sometimes new meanings are assigned to existing words.

A Concluding Note

Word formation in the English language through coinage or neologism can be as much of a methodical and calculated process adopted by linguists to create new words when the need arises, as it can be a product of pure coincidence amongst the masses. Words often need to be invented to denote new concepts, findings, inventions, products on the market, or even new cultural trends.  However, it also happens that words are coined simply to add a touch of humour to a discourse, or by the literary class as part of experiments with the language. Yet it is an undeniable fact that the coining of words accounts for a large number of new words being constantly added to the language, which keeps English alive and vibrant.

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