In the time between Shakespeare and Darwin, if you wanted to make up a word for something new, you didn't put an "i" in front of it or reach for some abstract Latin roots. You just thought about what the new thing did and jammed a couple words together to describe it. This method of word coinage not only draws on the native beauty of English, but has created some of the coolest words we've got: rotgut, pickpocket, tattletale, swashbuckler.... An impassioned plea to bring these treasures back and make more. Keep English Sexy!
Chris is a mild-mannered webmaster by day and a mild-mannered comedian by night. He has a Master's Degree in Writing, Editing, and Publishing from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where he spent countless hours learning formal grammar and etymology from people with strange accents and demented slang. He has a proposal for a new conjunction but he'll spare you the details.