43 Words Invented by Authors

Mental Floss recently did a Youtube video on words  invented (or at least first written down) by authors on their weekly list show. Watch the video, hosted by John Green, below. And let me know if you can think of any more words created by authors.



  1. Nerd Dr. Seuss
  2. Flummox Charles Dickens
  3. Boredom Charles Dickens
  4. Twitter Geoffrey Chaucer
  5. Spaceship J.J. Astor
  6. Tween J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Serendipity Horace Walpole
  8. Chortle Lewis Carroll
  9. Blatant Edmund Spenser
  10. Bisexual Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  11. Psychosomatic Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. Narcissism Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  13. Pandemonium John Milton
  14. Dreamscape Sylvia Plath
  15. Yahoo Johnathan Swift
  16. Beep Arthur C. Clarke
  17. Cyberspace William Gibson
  18. Tintinnabulation Edgar Allan Poe
  19. Utopia Sir Thomas More
  20. Ansible Ursula K. Le Guin
  21. Atomic bomb H.G. Wells
  22. Gargantuan Francois Rabelais
  23. Nymphet Vladimir Nabokov
  24. Freelance Sir Walter Scott
  25. Runcible Edward Lear
  26. Robot Karel Capek
  27. Malapropism Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  28. Quark James Joyce
  29. Knickerbocker Washington Irving
  30. Pie-hole Stephen King
  31. Hard-boiled Mark Twain
  32. Bicentennial Mark Twain
  33. Blurb Gelett Burgess
  34. Co-ed Louisa May Alcott
  35. Alligator William Shakespeare
  36. Cold-blooded William Shakespeare
  37. Eventful William Shakespeare
  38. Bump William Shakespeare
  39. Bedazzled William Shakespeare
  40. Obscene William Shakespeare
  41. Luggage William Shakespeare
  42. Assassination William Shakespeare
  43. Swagger William Shakespeare

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