Google is an
American company that provides internet services, including a search engine and
a document sharing platform. Today the term ‘google’ is a verb used to describe
a search for a piece of information through Google’s search engine. The use of
the internet has increased significantly as society’s dependency on technology
has increased through the years. The result of this technological change is the
development of a new word.
Can you make a link between the origins of the word
‘Google’ and the current meaning?
Chillax is a
neologism which is derived from the word ‘Chill’ and ‘Relax’, meaning for a
person to calm down and relax when they are stressing about something. This
type of neologism forms portmanteaus words (Literary Terms, n.d.)
through a technique called compounding (Bodle, 2016), which is one of
the most-common methods in developing neologisms. Compounding is the joining of
the syllables of two words to form a new word. Go to page 8 for more information about Compounded Neologisms.
thousands of other neologisms that reflect the evolution of culture and
language, that link to gender, sports, politics and more. The English society
has adapted their language and marked a significant social change in culture by
incorporating adaptations to the lexis. Now that you have grasped the concept
of neologisms and how they closely link to culture, you are going to learn the
rest of the methods which form neologisms. Before you continue reading this
chapter, can you think of how neologisms are a reflection of today’s culture? Do
they detract or enhance our use of the language? Or do they reflect positive or
negative changes in our culture? For example, google has become a neologism as
a result of an increased use of the internet, we “google” what we want to find
out instead of going to the library. You will learn the implications of
neologisms later in this chapter.