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3rd Feb '16 6:01:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* James Fenimore Cooper is generally credited with either inventing or widely popularizing the name "Cora" in his novel ''TheLastOfTheMohicans.''
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* James Fenimore Cooper is generally credited with either inventing or widely popularizing the name "Cora" in his novel ''TheLastOfTheMohicans.''Literature/TheLastOfTheMohicans.''

* SteveMiller spoke of the "Pompatus of Love" in "The Joker" and the earlier, less well-known song "Enter Maurice." This word, spelled "pompitous" in the printed lyrics of "Enter Maurice," was a corruption of "puppetutes" (a {{portmanteau}} of "puppet" and "prostitutes"), which was used in the Medallions' 1954 hit "The Letter."
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* SteveMiller Music/SteveMiller spoke of the "Pompatus of Love" in "The Joker" and the earlier, less well-known song "Enter Maurice." This word, spelled "pompitous" in the printed lyrics of "Enter Maurice," was a corruption of "puppetutes" (a {{portmanteau}} of "puppet" and "prostitutes"), which was used in the Medallions' 1954 hit "The Letter."
20th Jan '16 2:41:21 PM Josef5678
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** Acording to the Oxford English Dictionary he also coined "positronic" as an analogue to "electronic" (as in the "positronic brains" of his robots) and "psychohistory", in the usage of predicting the future through mathmatics and the reactions of human masses. You would have to read his books to understand that last one. ( I am aware it has another use, namly the psychological history of people. He coined it as I have described it, however.)
20th Jan '16 2:40:52 PM Josef5678
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* ''PeterPan'': Introduced the name 'Wendy', which was not a common English name before J. M. Barrie's character (it might have been an occasional shortening of the Welsh name "Gwendolyn," which is usually shortened to "Gwen" nowadays). It was derived from a toddler's inability to pronounce the letter ''R'' properly, so when she called JMB her "friendy," it became "fwendy-wendy."
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* ''PeterPan'': ''Literature/PeterPan'': Introduced the name 'Wendy', which was not a common English name before J. M. Barrie's character (it might have been an occasional shortening of the Welsh name "Gwendolyn," which is usually shortened to "Gwen" nowadays). It was derived from a toddler's inability to pronounce the letter ''R'' properly, so when she called JMB her "friendy," it became "fwendy-wendy."

* ''PeterPan'': Introduced the name 'Wendy', which was not a common English name before J. M. Barrie's character (it might have been an occasional shortening of the Welsh name "Gwendolyn," which is usually shortened The term "''[[TheGrinch grinch]]''" has entered public lexicon thanks to "Gwen" nowadays). It was derived from ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''. The term means someone who hates a toddler's inability holiday (particularly Christmas), and tries to pronounce the letter ''R'' properly, so when she called JMB her "friendy," make it became "fwendy-wendy."miserable for everybody else.

* {{Google}}. [[PersonAsVerb Its usage as a verb has become so widespread that it is now in the dictionary.]]
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* {{Google}}.Website/{{Google}}. [[PersonAsVerb Its usage as a verb has become so widespread that it is now in the dictionary.]]

* The term "''[[TheGrinch grinch]]''" has entered public lexicon thanks to ''WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas''. The term means someone who hates a holiday (particularly Christmas), and tries to make it miserable for everybody else.
31st Dec '15 12:27:36 AM Anddrix
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* {{Lobo}} frequently calls people "bastitches".
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* {{Lobo}} Lobo frequently calls people "bastitches".
18th Dec '15 7:10:13 AM bowserbros
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* Done in-universe in ''Frindle''; the main character sets himself up as unique by coining the titular synonym for "pen", and the whole novel revolves around its emergence into popularity and the reluctance of adults to accept it as a proper word. At the end of the story, "frindle" becomes popular enough to be added to the English dictionary.
1st Dec '15 3:21:53 PM igordebraga
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* Google. Its usage as a verb has become so widespread that [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it is now in the dictionary.]]
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* Google. {{Google}}. [[PersonAsVerb Its usage as a verb has become so widespread that [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it is now in the dictionary.]]
8th Nov '15 8:44:05 PM nombretomado
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** At the time, some scientists (among them RichardFeynman and Murray Gell-Mann of Caltech), were working on a theory that explained the way that protons, neutrons, and other hadrons as being composed of smaller particles. Feynman referred to them as "partons," since they were "parts" of the proton (and "on" being the Greek suffix meaning "thing" that can be seen in "electron," "proton," neutron," etc); but Gell-Mann objected that this was an unholy combination of Latin and Greek roots, and sought to come up with a better name. He eventually started calling them "quarks" after a line in ''Finnegan's Wake'', and it caught on. Gell-Mann was being a little weird, but you know what they say, physicists have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_quark strange]] [[IncrediblyLamePun quarks]].
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** At the time, some scientists (among them RichardFeynman UsefulNotes/RichardFeynman and Murray Gell-Mann of Caltech), were working on a theory that explained the way that protons, neutrons, and other hadrons as being composed of smaller particles. Feynman referred to them as "partons," since they were "parts" of the proton (and "on" being the Greek suffix meaning "thing" that can be seen in "electron," "proton," neutron," etc); but Gell-Mann objected that this was an unholy combination of Latin and Greek roots, and sought to come up with a better name. He eventually started calling them "quarks" after a line in ''Finnegan's Wake'', and it caught on. Gell-Mann was being a little weird, but you know what they say, physicists have [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_quark strange]] [[IncrediblyLamePun quarks]].
30th Sep '15 4:23:12 PM nombretomado
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** Alex also used corknut for almond, which was later used by Margaret Atwood in OryxAndCrake.
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** Alex also used corknut for almond, which was later used by Margaret Atwood in OryxAndCrake.''Literature/OryxAndCrake''.
6th Sep '15 7:01:29 PM nombretomado
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* WilliamGibson coined "{{Cyberspace}}" in a short story (incorrectly attributed to ''{{Neuromancer}}''). Gibson says that he was able to imagine it because he had absolutely no idea how computers worked; in fact, he was said to be disappointed by the real thing when he finally got around to getting a computer. "Meat puppet" was a ShoutOut to a band name. The same concept may or may not have been intended when the band was named, but Gibson definitely popularised the term.
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* WilliamGibson Creator/WilliamGibson coined "{{Cyberspace}}" in a short story (incorrectly attributed to ''{{Neuromancer}}'').''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}''). Gibson says that he was able to imagine it because he had absolutely no idea how computers worked; in fact, he was said to be disappointed by the real thing when he finally got around to getting a computer. "Meat puppet" was a ShoutOut to a band name. The same concept may or may not have been intended when the band was named, but Gibson definitely popularised the term.
6th Sep '15 5:42:51 PM nombretomado
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** According to ''Don't Panic: Douglas Adams and the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' by NeilGaiman, it was directly swiped from Adams's English teacher, although Adams later aknowledged that ''he'' may have swiped it from Jennings. Ironically, it was then swiped from Adams and Lloyd by an ad agency under the name "Oxtail English Dictionary" - the title Lloyd came up with when using them as space fillers in the ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' calendar prior to making them a book.
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** According to ''Don't Panic: Douglas Adams and the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' by NeilGaiman, Creator/NeilGaiman, it was directly swiped from Adams's English teacher, although Adams later aknowledged that ''he'' may have swiped it from Jennings. Ironically, it was then swiped from Adams and Lloyd by an ad agency under the name "Oxtail English Dictionary" - the title Lloyd came up with when using them as space fillers in the ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' calendar prior to making them a book.
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