Neologisms For The Win

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The challenge for this day was to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s a made-up word, more specifically, a new word of phrase that has not yet used regularly by most speakers and writers.

Probably the two most famous example of a poem incorporating neologisms are Shakespeare’s bedazzled from “The Taming of the Shrew” and Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky”.

Perhaps you can recognize a couple in my fun and imaginary poem.

Pillars of Pillay

The strange Pillars of Poff Pillay 
	And wazely withered Wig-wattles,
They dench the Dippets’ down dalleeze
	And frogill away the Fattles.

But when the Poff Pillars do pose  
	For blicks that backed the boster bills,
They nip the Tuckers tails to tips 
	And pillage posts that point the prills.

Those Poff Pillars pump up their pugs
	And then go frighten Forgs away;
And once on warl they wintzed the earl 
	And set his gottle all affray.

The earl he fumed and fitched  a fant
	Until his dewdacks doft derumped.
With one great strack he razed Pillay
	And all who saw yee-owled, "Kerstumped!"

--A Draft by Carla Jeanne Picklo Jordan

What is your favorite neologism?

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