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nonce word

n.
A word occurring, invented, or used just for a particular occasion; for example, the word mileconsuming in "the wagon beginning to fall into its slow and mileconsuming clatter" (William Faulkner).

nonce word

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(Linguistics) a word coined for a single occasion

nonce′ word`


n.
a word coined and used only for a particular occasion.
[1880–85]

nonce word

A word invented by someone for a specific occasion, not likely to become established in the language.
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Noun1.nonce word - a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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nonce word

nonce word

[ˈnɒnsˌwɜːd] nparola coniata per l'occasione
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To help memory order the six most important species, Powhat recommends the old nonce words "pyralspite" and "ugrandite," respectively for pyrope-almandine-spessartine, with Al in the second cation site, and uvarovite-grossular-andradite, with Ca in the first cation site (I recall consciously and earnestly learning these terms as a child, and now it's nice to see them again in such a respectable setting).
Dabrowska argues that the failure to reliably inflect nonce words cannot be attributed to performance factors, and suggests that children may initially extract phonologically specific low-level schemas rather than abstract rules which apply across-the-board.
On the other hand, quite a number of words that are coined by individuals can be labelled as nonce words because of the extremely restricted scope of usage (sometimes only by the person who invented the word, maybe some of the members of his family or a few friends) and the chances of their being widely accepted are very often rather small.
Explaining various etymologies, word histories, word creations and word deaths, they cover such topics as baby talk, back-formations, neologisms, nonce words, euphemisms, prefixes and suffixes.
Nonce words of this type appear all the time, and the writers of The Simpsons have been particularly productive monkey-word-makers: In various episodes, Moe calls a supermarket bag boy a sack monkey, Sideshow Bob calls a bellboy a brainless luggage monkey, Homer gets a job as a prank monkey, and Krusty the Clown describes children as channel-hoppin', Ritalin-poppin' monkeys.
The nonce words can be divided into two classes: unconventional derivations and portmanteau words.
Vowel cascades are far easier to find if we allow non-Random House and nonce words, dialect contractions (e.
Another was the coinage of numerous nonce words, of which Sykes has noted well over a dozen.
Hallgrimur Helgason's 101 Reykjavik grounds itself within the desperately aimless nonculture of "Generation X" (fashionable construct though it may be), cleverly shaped in the novel's rich lexicon of nonce words and contemporary slang.
nonsense verse Humorous or whimsical verse that features absurd characters and actions and often contains evocative but meaningless nonce words.
These four factors, each examined for their influence on the perception of stress placement in nonce words, are 1) the stress pattern of a known word similar phonetically and phonologically to the nonce word, 2) syllable weight, 3) a subregularity in the lexicon, and 4) the morphological category of the word.