SWOD (Song of the Day/Word of the Day) #15: Neologism

13 Apr

Today’s Word:

Man, would this confuse me

Neologism (Noun): The use or creation of new words or expressions.

Musical Example: There has been a long and illustrious history of musicians thinking about made-up words and placing them into songs. And, this Neologism knows no bounds, extending from Broadway’s use of fantastical in Song of the South’s “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” to Hanson’s “MmmBop,” which still baffles me. What were those kids thinking? But, what I believe is the best example of this art, is a band that successfully creates a brand new word and expression, “Californication”

Yes, I believe the song is supposed to portray the dark side of Hollywood, but that doesn’t leave it resistant to the fact that it is completely made up. The Red Hot Chili Peppers don’t seem to care. They like making up words (or at least combining existing ones). Their song “Quixoticelixer,” meaning an impulsive medicinal concoction if you separate the two words, is just another example of this Neologism


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