I stumbled across a posting on Twitter from the Dictionary.com site, offering up neologisms (new words) whose origins surprised me.
Here’s one that Dr. Seuss apparently created a while ago, even if the definition has changed over time:
“The slang term nerd means an intelligent but single-minded person, obsessed with a certain hobby or pursuit, e.g. a computer nerd. But the word that has been the bane of so many elementary schoolers’ existence was actually invented by their king: none other than Dr. Seuss himself! The word first appeared in print in Seuss’s 1950 picture book, If I Ran the Zoo, though Seuss’s ‘nerd’ is a small animal from the land of Ka-Troo, not a pale kid with glasses taped together.”
For more of these fun words, click below: