Coin a word

Create a portmanteau, verbify a name or make a mnemonic

Coin a word

A whole new word Create new words with neologisms and more. Image by Alisa Mulder

Alphabet scoop

Alphabet scoop

Create acronyms that help readers retain info

As easy as ABC: Acronyms can help people codify and remember your key ideas.


Neologisms: Coin a word

Neologisms: Coin a word

Create new terms by merging old ones

A whole new word: Freshly minted words like portmanteaus get more attention than tired coinages.


Neologisms: Find half-and-half words

Neologisms: Find half-and-half words

Gain inspiration for portmanteau from WordSpy

It’s a vacation, not a famcation: Make your copy more creative with portmanteau.


Verbify a name

Verbify a name

‘My goal in life is to become an adjective’

What’s in a name? Depends on how you use it.


Resources on coining words

Resources on coining words

Websites, books & tools

From anagrams to verbotomy, try these tools for coining words.


Quotes on wordplay

Quotes on coining a word

What writers & others say

“I’m a doctor — I can add ‘ectomy’ to any word I choose.” — Doctor talking to a patient in a Paul Noth cartoon for The New Yorker



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