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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Marcel Danesi
  • Director Hector Herrera
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Producer Pazit Cahlon
  • Composer Adam Harendorf
  • Sound Designer Adam Harendorf
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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Additional Resources for you to Explore
Find the creation of new words fascinating? Click here to find out more. How new words are born is a great article on this topic.

What are the origins of some words that are commonly used? The Oxford Living Dictionary that provides word origins will help you find out.

Loanwords are those words borrowed from another language. Here is a site with some great examples found in the English language. What do the words smorgasbord, karaoke, and bikini all have in common? Check out 20th century loanwords from the British Library. Can you think of any others? How about bayonet, ballet, and chef, all from the French language.

Finding this idea of creating new words fun? Watch this TED Talk: Go ahead, make up new words! Who decides if a word is “real?” Watch this TED Talk: What makes a word “real?” and find out.  

What about combining two words into one? Watch this video from Oxford Dictionaries: What do you call a new word made by combining two other words?