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hello !

something has been on my mind since yesterday - a word/ phrase that I can īt recall for the life of me. I know that I knew the English term for it but it slipped my memory. I hope that you will be able to help me :)
What īs the English term for a word that was coined/ made up only for the sake of entertainment. It usually is witty, amusing and doesn īt mean much, yet it conveys certain meaning. Such word hasn īt found its way to the dictionary and probably will never enter it. I will give you an example of a phrase
He opened his mouth to let loose with his ultra-special, 150-mile-per-hour super- scream.

18 Apr 2012      


Nonce word/expression?


18 Apr 2012     


I haven īt heard of nonce words before, but now I think Sophia is right: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonce_word

18 Apr 2012     


thank you very much :)

What I actually meant was -  nonsense words - but nonce words are also ok. Thank you very much Minka and ueslteacher !!!

18 Apr 2012