Every time we create or discover something new, we need to name it. This means that we are always adding new words to our language, and it can happen in a few different ways:
- Adding two or more words together. For example, if we want to talk about a piece of paper that gives us news, we can call it a newspaper.
- Mixing words together. How do you describe a meal that happens between breakfast and lunch? Brunch, of course!
- ‘Borrowing’ words from other languages. We get the word ‘robot’ from Czech, ‘shampoo’ from Hindi, and ‘yogurt’ from Turkish!
- Using brand names. We ‘google’ information on the internet, we ‘hoover’ our houses and, if we’re lucky, we might use a ‘jacuzzi’ at the swimming pool!
Can you think of any more examples? Do you know how new words are created in your language? Tell us in the comments!
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