Word Ways

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An After-Dinner Mint


Ralph G. Beaman


The article "Words, Non-words, Nonce Words" in the May 1971 Word Ways touched briefly on coined words. By this I mean words not in any dictionary, not in the spoken or written literature, in fact not in any known place -- but "words" that should be words, at least in the mind of some logologist. The article concluded that words coined only for their logological uniqueness were examples of bad logology.