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Old 17 June 2014, 08:02 PM
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Default How authors from Dickens to Dr Seuss invented the words we use every day

The English language didn't just spring from nowhere. So who introduced such gems as cojones, meme, nerd and butterfingers?

Interesting (although some of it's well-known) but I'm posting because of this bit:


A word created by the novelist, biographer and former advertising copywriter William E Woodward for the process of exposing false claims. He used it in his 1923 novel Bunk, in which he also created the term debunker and debunking. Others would later debunk Woodward's biographies of George Washington and Ulysses S Grant, which attempted to debunk great figures of history but were generally dismissed as exercises in cynicism and little else.
(eta) Also, apparently Norman Mailer invented "factoid".
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