Compound Words: Real or #Notreal

What is a compound word? New ones pop up daily, but are they truly compound words?

@Grammarly defines compound words:

“When two words are used together to yield a new meaning, a compound is formed. Compound words can be written in three ways: as open compounds (spelled as two words, e.g., ice cream), closed compounds (joined to form a single word, e.g., doorknob), or hyphenated compounds (two words joined by a hyphen, e.g., long-term). Sometimes, more than two words can form a compound (e.g., mother-in-law).

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/open-and-closed-compound-words/

Since you can visit the above web link about proper compound word usage and form, I won’t get into that here. Instead, I’m concentrating on the fun aspects of compound words and the social media trend of forming new ones. 

Social media has created a whole new category of writing…aka,  #hashtags (note the combined word). Thanks to Stowe Boyd, Chris Messina, and Nate Ritter, compound words have taken on a new life.

https://socialmediaweek.org/blog/2018/02/history-hashtags-symbol-changed-way-search-share/

Are our own created compound words, real or #notreal ? 

They are formally real when they catch on and are used widespread, thus making it into the dictionary. More on this here: 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2016/feb/04/english-neologisms-new-words

Either real or #notreal, they are fun to create whether you are a writer or not. They are also fun to ponder. Here is an example:

Good + bye = goodbye

Are there really good byesI suppose it depends on if you are happy to see that person go or not. If you are not happy about that person leaving, the compound word could be:

bad + bye = badbye

What about this compound word?

sound + proof = soundproof

Proof there is sound? Nope, it means ‘impervious to sound’. Wouldn’t a better word be:

sound + block = soundblock ?

Just sayin’. The next one makes sense:

up + chuck = upchuck 

What about when you drink something with a fast motion?  Instead of being long-winded in saying, ‘Tony tossed back a shot of cough syrup.’ you could say: 

down + chuck = downchuck  

‘Tony downchucked the cough syrup.’ 

A supershort story:

‘Tony downchucked the putrid, green, cough syrup. He upchucked it soon after.’

My family giggled the day I told them that one. Try it! See what you come up with. Make it a family fun night event. Incorporate more creativity into it with drawings, pictures, or actual objects. Do more by turning your words into stories.

butter + fly =  20160709_142254 ?

Maybe your new compound word will make it into the dictionary.

I hope you share one of your new real or #notreal compound words in the comment section below. Have a wonderful week!

#wordplay #amwriting #familyfun

Traci 

 

 

 

 

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