Creation How are new words are made? Acronyms Compounds Blends Word Coinage Clippings Borrowing
Acronyms What is an acronym? What are some examples?
Acronyms Made from all or most of the letter in a name or phrase; e.g QANTAS, ANZAC.
radio detecting and ranging apparatus
self contained underwater breathing apparatus
Acronyms and Initialisms Why are abbreviations such as “HMSO” or “GPS” not acronyms? Because they are not said as words.
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Blends Some new words are a blend of two older words. They take a part from two or more words and blend them together. Can you think of some examples?
= breakfast + lunch
= motor car + hotel
= situation + comedy
= television + broadcast
= breath analyser
Clippings New words come from part of an existing word. These are more commonly found in informal writing and speech. In formal writing, the longer form continues to used. Can you think of some examples?
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Compounds Compound words are made when two existing words are joined. Can you think of any examples?