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Noise_
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2014 November 09 at 6:26pm | IP Logged 
I am looking for a book or, to be more precise, books, newspapers, etc. in authentic English (American, British, Australian, etc., doesn't really matter).
The reason for so is the following: I need to find recent loanwords and neologisms.
These loans and neologisms have to be no more than 5 years old.
And most importantly, what makes a neologism hard to find is that one cannot find it in a dictionary. But then again, some dictionaries might include it, which means it is not a neologism anymore.
For instance, the popular 'selfie', 'hashtag' and whatnot ARE NOT REGARDED AS NEOLOGISMS ANYMORE, since they are included in dictionaries.
Please, literature lovers, I'm counting on you.
Oh, and preferably so that the source can be downloaded or not that difficult to find.

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Noise_
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2014 November 10 at 7:27pm | IP Logged 
Still in the need of answers
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Cabaire
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2014 November 10 at 9:20pm | IP Logged 
A man comes into a library: "I am looking for a book." "Which?" asks the librarian. "It would be nice, if is made out of paper. And has a cover. And pages would be good. And many letters. Printed letters. Black letters on white papers. It should not weigh more than five kg. You see I am looking for something very SPECIFIC. I know it will be very difficult to find something as special as that, but you may try..."

I wish you good luck to find any online text as recent as five years in a rare language as English. I have never seen one, but others may have...

Edited by Cabaire on 2014 November 10 at 9:26pm

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Noise_
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2014 November 11 at 10:34pm | IP Logged 
When you choose a book, you normally tend to ignore its weight. However, what you do pay attention to is the variety of language that is to be found in it. And most of the authors tend to have their own style and sometimes an odd choice of lexis (let it be too archaic, slangish, formal, and sometimes totally new). Therefore, my request is definitely not specific.
If by chance anyone, during their reading, has encountered weird lexical items or anything that arouses suspicion, let me know.
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Doitsujin
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2014 November 12 at 8:51am | IP Logged 
The books that you're looking for simply don't exist, because once a neologism makes it into a book it has pretty much ceased to be a neologism. The closest thing to what you have in mind would be transcripts of radio and TV shows, which many UK and US radio and TV stations provide free of charge, and movie subtitles.

Also have a look at this topic about "EU English" and the Natural Language Toolkit website.

Edited by Doitsujin on 2014 November 13 at 7:56am

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luke
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2014 November 12 at 11:15am | IP Logged 
Noise_ wrote:
For instance, the popular 'selfie', 'hashtag' and whatnot ARE NOT REGARDED AS NEOLOGISMS ANYMORE, since they are included in dictionaries.


You may need to look more into popular/fringe culture to find neologisms. When one goes viral, it's all over the place.
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Cabaire
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2014 November 12 at 12:02pm | IP Logged 
People say often new words just for the moment, on the fly, ad hoc creations, which will be never used again. Then some people have words only they use or their family. When does such a thing becomes a neologism worth of noticing? It has to become accepted in a group.
I for example began to call "soft packs" "Knautschpackungen" in German. People who buy them from me know now what I mean by it but most use other names. If I google it, I find very very few mentions of it by other people and one instance in a book.
So is this a nologism or only a pecularity of myself, the floor noise of language?
So my problm are not the few neologisms which become proper words, but the usual creative use of language. 99,9% will be gone like a mayfly, but when they are noticed by a broad audience like "selfie", it is to late for the purposes of Noise. The inbetween is slippery ground.
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Noise_
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 Message 8 of 8
2014 November 12 at 6:55pm | IP Logged 
Yes, yes, you are all right. Just the fact that in my first post I wrote that those can be books, as well as newspapers or anything that can contain printed letters or it. Anyway, I think I will simply look for some scientific journal/newspaper that describes a new phenomenon that has been created (IT, medicine) and thus been given a name.


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