Playful neolexia.

OED

 

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.

 

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3 thoughts on “Playful neolexia.

  1. Funnily enough, I’ve been thinking about the late, lamented Edmund recently following yet another friend’s untimely death. I remember that exercise; definitely a favourite since I so enjoy making up words. Lovely that you are keeping Edmund’s memory alive, Cath.

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