Ways that new words are created

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Borrowing
Words originating from another language that become part of the vocabulary of another language.
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Scientific Progress
Advances in medicine, science and technology have caused new words and phrases to be invented.
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Affixation
New prefixes or suffixes are added to existing words. Many words in the English language have been created by adding Latin or Greek prefixes or suffixes.
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Compounding
Creating a new word by combining two separate words to create one word.
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Blending
When two separate words are actually merged together.
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Conversion
A word is created as an existing word changes word class.
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Clipping
A form of shortening where one or more syllables are dropped to create an abbreviation.
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Initialism
Where the first letter of a word stands for the word itself. They are pronounced letter by letter.
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Acronym
Initial letters of words combine to create a completely new word, which is pronounced as a word in itself rather letter by letter.
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Back-formation
When a word looks like it has been created by adding a suffix to an existing word, but actually, the suffix has been removed to create the new term.
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Eponyms
Words derive from people's names.
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Brand names
Words are created by the name of a product or the company that makes it.
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Places
A word derives from a particular location.
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Advances in medicine, science and technology have caused new words and phrases to be invented.

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Scientific Progress

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New prefixes or suffixes are added to existing words. Many words in the English language have been created by adding Latin or Greek prefixes or suffixes.

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Card 4

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Creating a new word by combining two separate words to create one word.

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When two separate words are actually merged together.

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