Neologisms Database

Languages are constantly evolving. Though purists may shudder at what they see as the degradation of ‘correct’ language use, innovative and new ways of using grammar, syntax and vocabulary show a bill of good health for a language.

At the vocabulary level, we find neologisms. A neologism is a new word or expression: a newly coined term. New terms appear in order to put a name to a new reality; this is why they are often linked to a specific period, event or person.

At TermCoord we are also on the look-out for new words that may be of importance to translators and make the object of new entries in IATE. Here we present a glossary of neologisms. This complete neologism database will help you to learn the origin, terminology and to get familiar with these new terms. You can also visit our section on useful links dealing with a variety of neologisms.


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  • All LanguageAlliance

    Life hack. According to Webster’s dictionary, it is “a usually simple and clever tip or technique for accomplishing some familiar task more easily and efficiently”.

  • Alessandra Fantini

    May I suggest to add the term “alicament” to your list of nelogisms ?

    According to the “Grand dictionnaire terminologique” (GDT) of the French langue, there is currently a marked notional and terminological confusion around food, products or substances deemed to have a preventive or beneficial health effect. This confusion is largely due to the lack of international consensus on the meaning of various terms that have arisen to denote nutraceuticals, functional foods, pharmafoods, designer foods, to name a a few), as well as the lack of regulation in this area.

    As the terms “designer food”, “pharma food” and “alicament” are generally defined as “food”, the concepts they designate are currently considered closer to the concept of “functional food” than of “nutraceutical “.


  • Logoscope

    Good Idea and good work ! Where can we find a description of this project?

    Info : here another neologisms database (French):

  • Eideard

    I’ve joined the predictable array of bloggers who will need new words for the next four years of political disaster. I’ve been using “Trump Chumps” for a while to describe the True Believer-level of civilian support. Readying a post about Mexico’s preparation for reparations vis legal revisions from Congressional lackeys – includes “Trumpublicans” tomorrow morning. All appearing at

  • Shane McConnell

    I would like to suggest a word to mean the opposite of procrastinate: actuate.

    Sample sentence:
    You need to be an actuator, not a procrastinator, so start today.

    • termcoord

      Good afternoon,

      thank you very much for your proposal. We will consider it to updated it.

      Have a nice day.

  • Evan J Hoskins


    I have several questions about the creation of this database. From what sources was/is this database curated? Who curates/curated this database? What criteria are being used to govern what neologisms make this list, vs. neologisms that don’t? Is there a way to see the list without all of the extra information material (for easier navigation and exploration)?

    Thank you,

    Evan J Hoskins

  • mimigerstell

    I looked up “pill” to find out when people started saying “he’s a pill” — that phrase was common in my youth (50s, 60s?), but I supposed it was a neologism. He’s unpleasant, he’s hard to take, etc.