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Which 8 Famous Authors Coined These Common English Words?

Yes, “Twitter” and “Yahoo” are both much older than the Internet.

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Nerd

Dr. Seuss, one of history’s most famous authors, named one of his oddball creatures a nerd in 1950’s If I Ran the Zoo.

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Flummox and Boredom

Charles Dickens coined the term flummox in The Pickwick Papers and boredom in Bleak House.

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Twitter

Geoffrey Chaucer first used twitter, which meant “to chirp continuously” (and still does, in a way).

You’ll never hear the British royal family use these words!

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Chortle and Galumph

Lewis Carroll invented the mash-up words chortle and galumph in his nonsense poem “Jabberwocky.”

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Pandemonium

John Milton coined pandemonium, combining classical terms for “all” and “evil spirits,” in Paradise Lost.

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Yahoos

Jonathan Swift invented Yahoos as a term for the dregs of humankind in Gulliver’s Travels.

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Atomic Bomb

Science fiction author H.G. Wells first used the term atomic bomb in his 1914 novel The World Set Free. A physicist patented the idea for a nuclear reactor after reading it.

This is the most complicated word in the English language!

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Pie Hole

Stephen King put pie hole (slang for “mouth”) in print for the first time in his 1983 novel Christine.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest Canada