Scientific papers have through the years introduced new terms that become words of everyday language. Energy being one of them. It used to be called vis viva by Leibnitz. the modern usage was introduced in 1807. The word comes from greek, and it is usually the case thaht greek and latin roots are used to indicate new concepts.
The name photon come from 1926, from a paper by Gilbert Lewis. Before that they were called light quanta. Lewis theory was discredited but the name stuck. Similarly, quarks were named so by Gellman.
More recently, words like embiggen (to make bigger) appeared for the first time in an episode of the Simpsons making fun of the illiteracy of the people in Springfield.
This didn’t stop the word from becoming part of the arxiv. So now it is a perfectly cromulent word.
More recently, the word emblackening has entered the physics vocabulary. Here is the first reference that seems to discuss it.
The `emblackening’ factor is a function that takes a given metric without a black hole horizon, and changes it to another function that does have a black hole horizon, therefore emblackening the metric. Gee whiz. Why couldn’t they just call it the blackening factor? Or the time warp function?
That one would be fun. Let’s do the time warp agaaaaaain!
Of course, I was complaining about the mangling of the English language and improper use of prefixes. Probably this is due to the many instances where I have heard English being mangled by my English professors when I was a kid in Latin America and the struggles I had to make my English writing acceptable. I guess I have to adapt to the changing of the language. So wth, I have to accept the new stuff, and rofl my way into using the new modes of communication. Lol.
You can also read a discussion on ’emblackening” here. This is from the National Novel Writing month. Where people complain that it does not exist, while empurple does. It turns out that you can empurple your text (this is to make a piece of text very ornate by use of flowery language), or someone can empurple you by making you very angry. Sadly, emredding and emgreening is out of the question.
So if you’re stuck out of finding fancy new words, just consider reading a scientific paper. You might be surprised at the whole new levels of richness that your vocabulary can aspire to.
My fingers are itching to use ridiculon as nomenclature for a particle whose properties would be completely ridiculous and incompatible with experiments. There are plenty of models that are populated by ridiculons.
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