This week I’m setting a creative challenge. It’s an apparently simple task, invent a word, and write the definition of it – as it would be entered in the Oxford English Dictionary.
That means that after you’ve explained its various meanings you need to show the history of your word. So:
- Where was it written?
- Who wrote it?
- What date was it first published?
- Quote a line from the publication that shows how your word was used.
- Include at least two more quotes from later publications that used your word and reference them with author, title and date.
This is a task that we were set on the Imaginative Writing BA, by the late Edmund Cusick. So far as I’m aware, he created this exercise.