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John Cowan wrote:


>Roger Mills scripsit:
>
>> These last are very odd.  It seems to be rare for truly new "invented"
words
>> to arise.  Acronyms, contractions, humorous deformations-- yes.
>> IIRC one of
>> the few without any known etymology in modern times is "gas", Fr.
"gaz"(?)
>
>Another is "kodak", evidently invented directly by George Eastman.
>This is not so common a common noun as it used to be, to be sure.
>
Quite so; I wonder if many languages have borrowed it _as a verb_, like:
Indonesian kodak ~ mengodak 'to take a picture'.  (My dict. lists no other
uses or derivs.)

I suppose in time words like Prozac, Viagra could take on interesting
popular meanings, though for the moment they're just trade names.  The
(restricted) world of computers/hackers seems to have lots of neologisms