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So as a writer, I bristle when it seems like someone coins a new term just because they can.
An article [washingtonpost.com] at the Washington Post website is using the word "spim" to refer to spam that is sent via instant messaging.
They don't claim to have coined the term - but in the article, the word "spim" is used interchangably with the phrase "instant messaging spam."
We don't use "spasem" to differentiate search engine spamming ... the word "spam" seems to be descriptive enough. I hope "spim" never catches on.
Hey, the Bard invented almost as many words as Montaigne used in all of his essays. We're talking about 1700 words.
Words become used because people use them, not because they get coined.
Fault word virus. I personally don't like what I consider misuse of common terms.
For example, prior to the late 70s the term "like" was never used as a universal breath-filler. Now you can estimate ages of speakers by its use.
Duh, and so forth. Methinks "too far" is in the ear of the auditor. (Or reader, for readers do hear.)
It's the (rather adolescent) practice of spamming people via bluetooth-enabled phones, but when I first read the term I had an altogether different notion.
Such is the problem with coining new terms...
PS: "spam" existed before the Internet -- it's packaged in a can.
And that involves new words since words are used as abbreviations for thoughts. If something has to be used often it's good to have a word for it.
"Hand me over the steel blade attached to a piece of wood so I can cut this stuff made of yeast, wheat, salt and water"
I doubt we need "SPIM", though.
Google has a "hacker-speak" version of itself, which I've always been tempted to locally redirect (via HOSTS entry) requests for Google.com to as a practical joke. ;)
(It's work-safe; I don't know why there's an 'xx' in the directory name)
Good point. Language has to evolve, and there will always be new words to describe new ideas.
But when do you draw the line? Sometimes it seems like people coin new words because they have a limited vocabulary. English is a rich language; the Internet is even richer for the fact that it reflects languages from all over the world. Let's use some of the words that we already have!
win-win situation, paradigm shift, etc.
A decade ago I was at a conference where every presentation started with some use fo the term "paradigm shift". Finally, one speaker, without mentioning the term, flashed up a slide that said:
You know what they say about paradigms:
The term was not used again.