Leaf through a dictionary or try to make one, and you will find that every word covers and masks a well so bottomless that the questions you toss into it arouse no more than an echo.

Paul Valery, French poet and critic, Collected Works of Paul Valery: Vol. 14: Analects, 1970 [via Wordspy]

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Neologizing for Fun and Profit

What happens when you ask people to use a madeupical word?

Just another day at the Wordnik office … I make a rash bet that I can find examples of the word “macrotraditionalist” in use. 

Conveniently, I didn’t say “prior use,” freeing me up to solicit help from friendly folks via Twitter.
Dear Twitter, please help me win a bet. Please use the madeupical word “macrotraditionalist” in a sentence. You have 55 minutes.
emckean
July 26, 2011
@wiredferret was first … but misspelled “macrotraditionalist”. (Hey, it’s a new word …)
@emckean I think we should worry less about micronutrients and concentrate on the macrotradionalist properties of whole food.
wiredferret
July 26, 2011

But @CymruLlewes jumped in with a factual (if vague) example.

@emckean The macrotraditionalist viewpoint was introduced in the late summer of 2011.
CymruLlewes
July 26, 2011
Winning the bet for me. Thanks, @CymruLlewes!
@CymruLlewes @emckean damn you Cymru! Now I’m a dollar poorer.
zeke
July 26, 2011

But the fun didn’t stop. More sentences! Some went with the “large” sense of “macro”:

@emckean So-called “microchefs” eschew the portion sizes of macrotraditionalist cooking.
ourboldhero
July 26, 2011
Lots of people writing about language fancy themselves to be macrotraditionalist purists, when in fact they’re merely macrostodges.
johnemcintyre
July 26, 2011
Just watching Inglourious Basterds, I love Quentin he’s such a macrotraditionalist rogue
Little_George
July 26, 2011
@emckean The macrotraditionalist wasn’t going to make a fuss over getting a *white* picket fence for her house.
ertchin
July 26, 2011
@emckean I’m a macrotraditionalist photographer; Give me a Nikkor Micro lens, not a button on a p&s.
jamesmcn
July 26, 2011
Extra points for using the word “nuance”: 
@emckean the complicated rituals of exchange executed by the World Bank represent a macrotraditionalist observance of global economic nuance
sixwing
July 26, 2011
I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that there really is a “macrotraditionalist” school of modern art: 
@emckean I only collect from the macrotraditionalist school of modern art curation.
djacobs
July 26, 2011
Some clear blends of “macro” (in the computer sense) and “traditionalist”:
@emckean Some use very complex function-key combinations to run their automated server routines, but Fred is a macrotraditionalist.
ChrisKubica
July 26, 2011
I write my excel macros in eXcel Macro Language and not in VBA because I am a macrotraditionalist
JoeyGerharz
July 26, 2011
These seem to be using “macro” in the sense of “long”:
@emckean integral to a church is its macrotraditionalist views.
Optimistt
July 26, 2011
@emckean In the macrotraditionalist sense, eBooks are already passe.
mikecane
July 26, 2011
@emckean Professor Gawdawful took the macrotraditionalist view that the grand sweep of history, once learned, was all that was worth knowing
kokoe2
July 26, 2011
Current events seemed ripe for the application of “macrotraditionalist”:
@emckean The debt ceiling is a macrotraditionalist fantasy. This isn’t hockey surgery.
dethe
July 26, 2011
@emckean When it comed to the debt ceiling debate my perspective tends to be more macrotraditionalist than centrist.
mouthflowers
July 26, 2011
A nicely meta non-definition:
@emckean The macrotraditionalist is neither a macro nor a traditionalist! There ya go, that was easy 🙂
morpheus4976
July 26, 2011
Some folks just don’t check Twitter enough, sadly: 
Tragedy. MT @emckean …Please use the madeupical word “macrotraditionalist” in a sentence. You have 55 minutes.
56 minutes ago
jesseh000
July 26, 2011
And there we have it … a new word!
Big thanks to all you macrotraditionalist neologists out there — it’s a great word! (and even better I am now $1 up on @zeke)
emckean
July 26, 2011

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