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).“
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.
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:
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 byes? I 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.
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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