What does a new work and Italian boy have in common?

When I get the chance, I listen to NPR while I do work at my desk that doesn’t require my undivided attention. This morning I heard this piece about an Italian schoolboy who invented a word on some homework he handed in recently. His teacher marked it as incorrect, as teachers are apt to do, but she wrote him a little message telling him she liked his new word. She also wrote the powers that be in her country and is trying to get his new word put in the dictionary.

Kudos to the teacher!

This is a great illustration of how our language is always changing – etymologist at it’s finest. Besides words that are created for things that didn’t exist 5, 10, 15 years ago such as emoticon or ipad, it shows us that language is anything but stagnant, which can be a challenge to someone like me who edits for a living.

If you want to know the boys new word, check out this piece on NPR: http://www.npr.org/2016/03/04/469149247/italian-schoolboy-invents-new-word

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9 comments on “What does a new work and Italian boy have in common?

  1. Reblogged this on CKBooks Publishing and commented:

    Little Bit About Words

  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Personally, I think this is a great word 👍😃

  3. Wonderful!! I deliberately used two made-up words in my new book, and I intend to use more in the next. My apologies to you, since you’re an editor!

  4. M. L. Kappa says:

    Language will always evolve in different ways, however much people in various academies try to keep it within rules and static. In the last few years alone, there have been so many new words, like the verb To Google. But Matteo’s story is fun!

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