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25th Jul '17 1:01:36 PM StFan
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->'''Mrs. Krabappel''': "Embiggens"? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield.\\
'''Ms. Hoover''': I don't know why. It's a perfectly cromulent word.

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->'''Mrs. Krabappel''': Krabappel:''' "Embiggens"? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield.\\
'''Ms. Hoover''': Hoover:''' I don't know why. It's a perfectly cromulent word.






* A Film/GreenLantern themed cell phone commercial describes its Internet surfing as "faster-er."
--> "That isn't a real word!"
--> "It came out of my mouth, didn't it?"

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* A Film/GreenLantern themed ''Film/GreenLantern''-themed cell phone commercial describes its Internet surfing as "faster-er."
--> "That -->"That isn't a real word!"
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word!"\\
"It came out of my mouth, didn't it?"



[[folder:Comics]]
* Skank Zero Hopeless-Savage's (of the ''HopelessSavages'' comic series) vocabulary is composed of many of these. Luckily, there is a glossary in the back of the collected volume (as Zero says "some of my best words are friends.") Swerval.

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[[folder:Comics]]
[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Skank Zero Hopeless-Savage's (of the ''HopelessSavages'' ''Hopeless Savages'' comic series) vocabulary is composed of many of these. Luckily, there is a glossary in the back of the collected volume (as Zero says "some of my best words are friends.") Swerval.



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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In a brief arc in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', moral guardians were cracking down on the strip for the use of "inappropriate language", citing frequent uses of "the four-letter H-word, the four-letter D-word, and the fourteen-letter S-word". After heavy speculation as to what this latter word is, one of the characters announcing this can only think of "[[InformedObscenity Snugglebunnies]]"? In the next strip, the two remark on how somehow saying "Snugglebunnies" is bad enough to get the strip cut. Their response: "We have one thing to say to that. Snugglebunnies! Snugglebunnies! Snu-" and the strip gets cut mid-word. Interestingly, later in the strip's run, the word started showing up here and there. It's also on UrbanDictionary.
* A short story arc in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' revealed that animals have their own words for the way things smell, such as "snippid" for a brisk autumn day. As it turns out, this was [[spoiler:a BatmanGambit [[ShaggyDogStory by Hobbes to get Calvin to ask, "How do I smell?"]] To which the answer, of course, is "Terrible!"]]
* One ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' strip from an arc about their new manager had said manager use the words "Dinnerfy" and "Eatification" to describe eating.
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* ''Fanfic/ForbidenFruitTheTempationOfEdwardCullen'': ""I dunno maybe" I plimpled mutely."

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* ''Fanfic/ForbidenFruitTheTempationOfEdwardCullen'': ""I "'I dunno maybe" maybe' I plimpled mutely."



[[folder:Film]]

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[[folder:Film]][[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' gave us "Turbo-tastic!"
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]



-->'''Susan''': Just five more minutes, Bessie.
-->'''Bessie''': No, ma'am, now!
-->'''Susan''': But Bessie, I feel absolutely [[NotAMorningPerson sklonklish]].

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-->'''Susan''': -->'''Susan:''' Just five more minutes, Bessie.
-->'''Bessie''':
Bessie.\\
'''Bessie:'''
No, ma'am, now!
-->'''Susan''':
now!\\
'''Susan:'''
But Bessie, I feel absolutely [[NotAMorningPerson sklonklish]].



* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' has variations on "valmorphanize" (e.g. "valmorify") which is used by characters to describe every bit of AppliedPhlebotinum in the film.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' gave us "Turbo-tastic!"



[[folder:Jokes]]
* An old joke: "Be alert! Your country needs lerts!" Response: "No, be aloof -- we've got enough lerts."
* Another Joke: "Boy to girl: Do you like Kipling? Girl to boy: I don't know, I've never kippled." Guinness reports that the most popular picture postcard ever printed had essentially this joke on it. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_McGill Donald McGill]] on [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]].
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* ''VeronicasCloset'': One of the characters makes up the word "acribitzed" (synonym for "went up" or "increased"), then drops it in an article hoping that it will take off. It does.

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* ''VeronicasCloset'': ''Veronica's Closet'': One of the characters makes up the word "acribitzed" (synonym for "went up" or "increased"), then drops it in an article hoping that it will take off. It does.



[[folder:New Media]]
* The flash slideshow on Flickr currently offers the option to "embiggen" pictures that are too small for the screen.
* Done in a c-span type episode of ''Website/TheOnion'' where a senator starts to use the word "Pronk" in his vocabulary (It's supposed to be used in the positive, as in "These pancakes were pronking delicious!"). HilarityEnsues when said senator replaces 95 percent of his vocabulary with prank. Interesting note: "Pronk" IS a real word. It's actually a very rare gait in some ungulates, where all four legs push simultaneously to bounce around. Mostly used by springboks, which are actually named for it. It's also known as "stotting". A better example would be [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]], though.
* Blogger/humorist JamesLileks is known for popularizing "contrude". An example from TheBleat - May 1997- "Don't contrude with my train of thought, I'm on to something here"
* Andy Zaltzman (and occasionally John Oliver) of the podcast, "The Bugle", is king of these. Highlights include "fuckeulogy" (a send-off of someone who really isn't deserving of a respectful eulogy, such as Osama bin Laden), "credibiliboost" (an improvement of one's public reputation) and "swearobics" (I'll, uh, leave you to figure that one out).
* In 2011, blogger/author Allie Brosh came up with the definition for "alot." According to her, "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html The Alot]] is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people's grammar. It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug[.]" The Alot has since become [[MemeticMutation a fairly popular meme]]. People have created [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-alot icons, paintings, sculptures and cakes]] to look like the Alot.

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[[folder:New Media]]
* The flash slideshow on Flickr currently offers the option to "embiggen" pictures that are too small for the screen.
* Done in a c-span type episode of ''Website/TheOnion'' where a senator starts to use the word "Pronk" in his vocabulary (It's supposed to be used in the positive, as in "These pancakes were pronking delicious!"). HilarityEnsues when said senator replaces 95 percent of his vocabulary with prank. Interesting note: "Pronk" IS a real word. It's actually a very rare gait in some ungulates, where all four legs push simultaneously to bounce around. Mostly used by springboks, which are actually named for it. It's also known as "stotting". A better example would be [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]], though.
* Blogger/humorist JamesLileks is known for popularizing "contrude". An example from TheBleat - May 1997- "Don't contrude with my train of thought, I'm on to something here"
* Andy Zaltzman (and occasionally John Oliver) of the podcast, "The Bugle", is king of these. Highlights include "fuckeulogy" (a send-off of someone who really isn't deserving of a respectful eulogy, such as Osama bin Laden), "credibiliboost" (an improvement of one's public reputation) and "swearobics" (I'll, uh, leave you to figure that one out).
[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In 2011, blogger/author Allie Brosh came up with the Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F in 1996, there was a tag team called the ''[=Bodydonnas=]'', made up of [[Wrestling/ChrisCandido Skip (Chris Candido)]] and Zip (Tom Prichard.) No definition for "alot." According seems to her, "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html The Alot]] is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct exist other people's grammar. It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug[.]" The Alot has since become [[MemeticMutation a fairly popular meme]]. People have created [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-alot icons, paintings, sculptures and cakes]] to look like than that it was the Alot.name of a tag team.



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a brief arc in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', moral guardians were cracking down on the strip for the use of "inappropriate language", citing frequent uses of "the four-letter H-word, the four-letter D-word, and the fourteen-letter S-word". After heavy speculation as to what this latter word is, one of the characters announcing this can only think of "[[InformedObscenity Snugglebunnies]]"? In the next strip, the two remark on how somehow saying "Snugglebunnies" is bad enough to get the strip cut. Their response: "We have one thing to say to that. Snugglebunnies! Snugglebunnies! Snu-" and the strip gets cut mid-word. Interestingly, later in the strip's run, the word started showing up here and there. It's also on UrbanDictionary.
* A short story arc in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' revealed that animals have their own words for the way things smell, such as "snippid" for a brisk autumn day. As it turns out, this was [[spoiler:a BatmanGambit [[ShaggyDogStory by Hobbes to get Calvin to ask, "How do I smell?"]] To which the answer, of course, is "Terrible!"]]
* One ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' strip from an arc about their new manager had said manager use the words "Dinnerfy" and "Eatification" to describe eating.

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In a brief arc in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'', moral guardians were cracking down ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' has variations on the strip for the use of "inappropriate language", citing frequent uses of "the four-letter H-word, the four-letter D-word, and the fourteen-letter S-word". After heavy speculation as to what this latter word is, one of the "valmorphanize" (e.g. "valmorify") which is used by characters announcing this can only think of "[[InformedObscenity Snugglebunnies]]"? In the next strip, the two remark on how somehow saying "Snugglebunnies" is bad enough to get the strip cut. Their response: "We have one thing to say to that. Snugglebunnies! Snugglebunnies! Snu-" and the strip gets cut mid-word. Interestingly, later in the strip's run, the word started showing up here and there. It's also on UrbanDictionary.
* A short story arc in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' revealed that animals have their own words for the way things smell, such as "snippid" for a brisk autumn day. As it turns out, this was [[spoiler:a BatmanGambit [[ShaggyDogStory by Hobbes to get Calvin to ask, "How do I smell?"]] To which the answer, of course, is "Terrible!"]]
* One ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' strip from an arc about their new manager had said manager use the words "Dinnerfy" and "Eatification"
to describe eating.every bit of AppliedPhlebotinum in the film.



[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* In the Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F in 1996, there was a tag team called the ''[=Bodydonnas=]'', made up of [[Wrestling/ChrisCandido Skip (Chris Candido)]] and Zip (Tom Prichard.) No definition seems to exist other than that it was the name of a tag team.
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[[folder:Theatre]]

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* In the Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F in 1996, there was a tag team called the ''[=Bodydonnas=]'', made up of [[Wrestling/ChrisCandido Skip (Chris Candido)]] and Zip (Tom Prichard.) No definition seems to exist other than that it was the name of a tag team.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
[[folder:Theater]]



* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'':
** ''Trials and Tribulations'' features a case where the accused may or may not have dancingly descended onto the crime scene.
** In the first game, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive noted business man]] [[spoiler: and murderer]] [[SmugSnake Redd White]] tends to use cromulent words in his everyday speech.
--->'''Redd White:''' You wish to know the title of my personage?
** You think Lotta Hart also qualifies? ''Reckgiven!'' Short for "You reckon? That's a given!"



[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'':
** ''Trials and Tribulations'' features a case where the accused may or may not have dancingly descended onto the crime scene.
** In the first game, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive noted business man]] [[spoiler: and murderer]] [[SmugSnake Redd White]] tends to use cromulent words in his everyday speech.
--->'''Redd White:''' You wish to know the title of my personage?
** You think Lotta Hart also qualifies? ''Reckgiven!'' Short for "You reckon? That's a given!"
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[[folder:Webcomics]]

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[[folder:Webcomics]][[folder:Web Comics]]



* The flash slideshow on Flickr currently offers the option to "embiggen" pictures that are too small for the screen.
* Done in a c-span type episode of ''Website/TheOnion'' where a senator starts to use the word "Pronk" in his vocabulary (It's supposed to be used in the positive, as in "These pancakes were pronking delicious!"). HilarityEnsues when said senator replaces 95 percent of his vocabulary with prank. Interesting note: "Pronk" IS a real word. It's actually a very rare gait in some ungulates, where all four legs push simultaneously to bounce around. Mostly used by springboks, which are actually named for it. It's also known as "stotting". A better example would be [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]], though.
* Blogger/humorist JamesLileks is known for popularizing "contrude". An example from TheBleat - May 1997- "Don't contrude with my train of thought, I'm on to something here"
* Andy Zaltzman (and occasionally John Oliver) of the podcast, "The Bugle", is king of these. Highlights include "fuckeulogy" (a send-off of someone who really isn't deserving of a respectful eulogy, such as Osama bin Laden), "credibiliboost" (an improvement of one's public reputation) and "swearobics" (I'll, uh, leave you to figure that one out).
* In 2011, blogger/author Allie Brosh came up with the definition for "alot." According to her, "[[http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html The Alot]] is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people's grammar. It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug[.]" The Alot has since become [[MemeticMutation a fairly popular meme]]. People have created [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/the-alot icons, paintings, sculptures and cakes]] to look like the Alot.



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has an episode where [[spoiler:Lapis and Peridot]] have been making sculptures, but they describe what they did in really abstract terms, leading to this response.
-->'''Steven:''' Guys, that's art!
-->'''[[spoiler:Peridot]]:''' Art? That sounds ridiculous!
-->'''[[spoiler:Lapis]]:''' I've been calling it "meepmorp."
** They call the sculptures morps for the entire episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has an episode where [[spoiler:Lapis and Peridot]] have been making sculptures, but they describe what they did in really abstract terms, leading to this response.
response. Then they call the sculptures morps for the entire episode.
-->'''Steven:''' Guys, that's art!
-->'''[[spoiler:Peridot]]:'''
art!\\
'''[[spoiler:Peridot]]:'''
Art? That sounds ridiculous!
-->'''[[spoiler:Lapis]]:'''
ridiculous!\\
'''[[spoiler:Lapis]]:'''
I've been calling it "meepmorp."
** They call the sculptures morps for the entire episode.
"



-->'''Simonia:''' Doesn't Duckman care if we improve our baseball skills? You're not supposed to win games just because you're attractive or sexy or curvaceous or brobdingnagian. You're supposed to win because you're good!
-->'''Duckman:''' We're supposed to win! We're supposed to spend the next three months in a hotel suite signing 500 baseballs a day! We're supposed to be spitting up limited edition Dixie Cups used chaw! We're supposed to be making brobdingnagian sums of money!
-->'''Simon Desmond:''' My profit could have been brobdingnagian!
-->'''Cornfed:''' Oh for heaven's sake. Brobdingnagian, adjective, of immense or enormous size or quantity.

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-->'''Simonia:''' Doesn't Duckman care if we improve our baseball skills? You're not supposed to win games just because you're attractive or sexy or curvaceous or brobdingnagian. You're supposed to win because you're good!
-->'''Duckman:'''
good!\\
'''Duckman:'''
We're supposed to win! We're supposed to spend the next three months in a hotel suite signing 500 baseballs a day! We're supposed to be spitting up limited edition Dixie Cups used chaw! We're supposed to be making brobdingnagian sums of money!
-->'''Simon
money!\\
'''Simon
Desmond:''' My profit could have been brobdingnagian!
-->'''Cornfed:'''
brobdingnagian!\\
'''Cornfed:'''
Oh for heaven's sake. Brobdingnagian, adjective, of immense or enormous size or quantity.



* An old joke: "Be alert! Your country needs lerts!"
** Response: "No, be aloof - we've got enough lerts."
** Another Joke: "Boy to girl: Do you like Kipling? Girl to boy: I don't know, I've never kippled." Guinness reports that the most popular picture postcard ever printed had essentially this joke on it. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_McGill Donald McGill]] on [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]].
20th Jul '17 9:07:11 PM legendaryweredragon
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** The word that he meant to write was "coverage".
8th Jul '17 8:56:54 AM nombretomado
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** This is not the only case of a non existent word appearing in a dictionary by mistake. TheOtherWiki calls these [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_word Ghost Words.]]

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** This is not the only case of a non existent word appearing in a dictionary by mistake. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki calls these [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_word Ghost Words.]]
28th Jun '17 12:01:53 PM themisterfree
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28th Jun '17 12:01:39 PM themisterfree
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* During the 1980s. Rich Hall did a segment of the HBO series ''Not Necessarily the News'' called "sniglets," which means, "a word that should be in the dictionary, but isn't," where they made up new words for things or conditions that didn't have them. Some of the words included ''lactomangulation'', the opening of a paper milk carton from the "illegal" side; ''carperpetulation'' for the practice of repeatedly vacuuming an area to remove an item before picking it up manually; and ''krogt'', the silver coating you have to scrape off to expose the value on lottery tickets. One word they invented, ''flopcorn'', popcorn kernels that remained uncooked, was used by at least one popcorn manufacturer in their magazine ads to describe a problem more prevalent with competitor products.

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* During the 1980s. Rich Hall did a segment of the HBO Creator/{{HBO}} series ''Not Necessarily the News'' ''Series/NotNecessarilyTheNews'' called "sniglets," which means, "a word that should be in the dictionary, but isn't," where they made up new words for things or conditions that didn't have them. Some of the words included ''lactomangulation'', the opening of a paper milk carton from the "illegal" side; ''carperpetulation'' for the practice of repeatedly vacuuming an area to remove an item before picking it up manually; and ''krogt'', the silver coating you have to scrape off to expose the value on lottery tickets. One word they invented, ''flopcorn'', popcorn kernels that remained uncooked, was used by at least one popcorn manufacturer in their magazine ads to describe a problem more prevalent with competitor products.
28th Jun '17 12:00:11 PM themisterfree
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* The whole point of the short-lived 1986-87 Creator/{{NBC}} game show ''Wordplay'' (the final show hosted by [[Series/SplitSecond Tom]] [[Series/NameThatTune Kennedy]]. Two contestants would try to earn cash by choosing obscure words of this type and try to pick the right meaning out of three given by celebrity guests.

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* The whole point of the short-lived 1986-87 Creator/{{NBC}} game show ''Wordplay'' ''Series/{{Wordplay}}'' (the final show hosted by [[Series/SplitSecond Tom]] [[Series/NameThatTune Kennedy]].Kennedy]]). Two contestants would try to earn cash by choosing obscure words of this type and try to pick the right meaning out of three given by celebrity guests.
23rd Jun '17 1:56:37 PM Gosicrystal
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A type of {{Neologism}} (for the many cases where the word ''is'' new), of which ScrabbleBabble is a subtrope. Some examples are another form of {{Malaproper}}. See also DelusionsOfEloquence and InformedObscenity. Characters who primarily talk in these are known as a {{Neologizer}}. Not to be confused with BuffySpeak which is a lack of nuance and sometimes making new compound words, not entirely new words. For words that are actually ''not'' new, it may be a case of either AccidentallyAccurate or ShownTheirWork.

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A type of {{Neologism}} (for the many cases where the word ''is'' new), of which ScrabbleBabble is a subtrope. Some examples are another form of {{Malaproper}}. See also DelusionsOfEloquence and InformedObscenity. Characters who primarily talk in these are known as a {{Neologizer}}. Not to be confused with BuffySpeak which is a lack of nuance and sometimes making new compound words, not entirely new words. For words that are actually ''not'' new, it may be a case of either AccidentallyAccurate AccidentallyCorrectWriting or ShownTheirWork.
9th Jun '17 11:09:29 AM bkitu
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** Some examples: Eyeball, addiction, bet, hint, lackluster, amazement, disheartened, ladybird, luggage, rant, obscene. All invented by Shakespeare.
*** A more accurate way of putting this will be "nowadays we don't have any written evidence of these words before Shakespeare". Some if not most of them could indeed exist before ol' William, just never written down (or the relevant manuscripts didn't survive).

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** Some examples: Eyeball, addiction, bet, hint, lackluster, amazement, disheartened, ladybird, luggage, rant, obscene. All were either invented by Shakespeare.
*** A more accurate way
Shakespeare, or if not, his usages of putting this will be "nowadays we don't have any them are the oldest surviving written evidence of these words before Shakespeare". Some if not most of them could indeed exist before ol' William, just never written down (or the relevant manuscripts didn't survive). examples.
8th Jun '17 6:47:02 PM BardicKnowledge
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* The famous "spoony bard" line of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' was often assumed to be this trope in action, or simply a humorous mistranslation. Many are surprised to find that "spoony" is in fact a real English word with a definition that fits perfectly for the situation. For those who are too lazy to look it up, it means "foolish."

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* The famous "spoony bard" line of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' was often assumed to be this trope in action, or simply a humorous mistranslation. Many are surprised to find that "spoony" is in fact a real English word with a definition that fits perfectly for the situation. For those who are too lazy to look it up, it means "foolish."sentimentally or foolishly amorous."
2nd Jun '17 9:40:52 AM nm3youtube
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* Six minutes (Eastern Time) into May 31st 2017, UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump, the President of the United States, posted an apparently incomplete tweet ending in the nonsense word "covfefe". By the time Trump deleted the garbled tweet, "covfefe" had [[MemeticMutation exploded as a meme]] and become the subject of mockery and discussion as to what it meant, [[NoPronunciationGuide how the hell you were supposed to pronounce it]], and what caused Trump to tweet it in the first place.
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