I have always been an absolute fan of Shakespeare. I devoured all of his plays throughout high school and college. I had a poster that contained the whole of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ written in tiny script and I memorized entire scenes by heart and recited them for the entertainment of friends and family. ‘Hey Katie (yes, cause nobody in real life calls me Creepy, thank god)- give us Act four, Scene five!’- I had weird friends.
Can you believe Shakespeare is credited with introducing 3,000 words to the English language? Just another reason why he’s my idol. I love words. Just read my first MS and it becomes increasingly clear. The first draft was a tad (ok, about 40k) overwritten.
But it made me wonder- Do any of you ever make up words when you’re writing?
I have a tendency to know which word I want to use, know vaguely what it means. I know it fits cause I’ve seen it used before- but the spelling or pronunciation just isn’t coming to me. So I write it down as close as I can get it and wait for spell check to fix it for me.
Sometimes this doesn’t happen.
There’s a red line underneath. But when I right click, it gives me no option that resembles what I’m looking for. I think ‘shit- now I’m gonna have to go Google it. Or else just leave this ‘fake’ word I’ve come with.’ - I have chosen the second before. My Microsoft Word still insists that ‘frumped’ is not a word. Screw ‘em.
Has this ever happened to you? What new words have you introduced to the English language:)?