Define: co-vocabularist

Sage1

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English - American
Saw this word in the NY Times today. What does it mean? (Why is it not in any dictionary online?)
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    After looking at some New York Times references on the internet, I think this is just another word for "fellow word-lovers". Here's one example of the word being used in the paper to refer to people who are collecting unusual statements made by Ben Bernanke: http://schott.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/03/when-the-co-vocabularist-comments/ Here's the quote: A brave band of co-vocabularists took up the challenge of creating Bernankisms fit for our times.
     
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    Majorbloodnock

    Senior Member
    British English
    It's an example of the language evolving even when you wish it wouldn't. Strictly speaking, I suspect it's the invention of a new word when a perfectly good one (lexicographer) exists already, but I also suspect the intention is to contrast the focus on thinking up new words (vocabularist) with that of compiling others' inventions into a dictionary (lexicographer).

    Presumably those interested in thinking up new words couldn't rest easy unless they invented their own label.
     

    JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    I think we are misunderestimating the truthiness of the neologogenesis of these vocabularists (and their co-conspirators, oops -vocabularists). Perhaps they might better be described as neolexicographers, charting words well before they enter the territory of conventional lexicographers who only consider words that have been around for a few months or years (?).
     
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