The Buzzword Blog #1

Invent your own ism!

Sometimes the natural grammar of the English language can permit an excessive freedom in the coinage of new words and terms.  For example, there is a seemingly endless supply of roots to which the -ism suffix can be attached.  I have coined two new words to express this flexibility of the language.


Ismization: n. - the process of creating a new political movement by adding the suffix -ism to a root, without necessarily employing any process of rational thinking.


Libidinism: n. - the freedom to think up a new social, economic or
political creed, whether or not based on logic, by the simple expedient
of attaching the suffix -ism to any stem.

A tip of the hat to Gerhard Adam for jogging my memory about the flexibility of the -ism suffixing rule.