Neologisms – a Dictionary of Findable Words and Phrases is just what it says.
This website is being developed as a record of new and evolving words and phrases in the English language, with special reference to UK English usage. One of its prime aims is to act as a repository for new words and phrases which are not otherwise listed on the Net – or at least not found by Search Engines. Hence the working title: Dictionary of Findable Words and Phrases.
Content is intended to include etymology, definitions, derivations, origins, neologisms, coinages, usage, dialect, slang, first citations, abbreviations and acronyms.
And of course they welcome “comments, corrections and contributions.” A few sample entries:
Definition: A telecom transmitter tower.
Derivation: Probably coined by Vikram Seth.
Citation: “…a grey telecom tower with its pustules of transmitters and receivers, a devil’s delphinium. ” [Vikram Seth, An Equal Music, Phoenix 1999 p.78]
Definition: The # keyboard symbol.
Variant spellings: gatesign; gatemark; gatesymbol
Definition: The sexual basis of the vampire relationship.
Derivation: Coined by Christopher Frayling in “The Vampyre”.
Citation: “Whether vampirism is related to civilization and its discontents (Freud), to suppressed memories in the collective unconscious (Jung), to breast-feeding and the projection onto others of the need to bite (Melanie Klein), or to monstrous manifestations of eroticism for any othe reason, I have chosen ‘haemosexuality’ as the most apt general term to describe the sexual basis of the vampire relationship ” The Vampyre by Christopher Frayling, 1978; London: Victor Gollanz.
(Via the indefatigable aldiboronti at Wordorigins.)