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1346217.  Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:08 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
..... I don't enfriend pupils who are still at my school, ......

that's a new one - or is it? Makes sense though

1346231.  Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:18 am Reply with quote

It does appear to be one of the two words I have invented, yes. I can cite myself back as far as 2012, and a couple of times I have explained the difference that I perceive between enfriend and befriend.

There are also a few citations on the Internet for a noun enfriend, meaning a romantic partner whose gender is not disclosed. There's no reason why there shouldn't be a word for that meaning, but enfriend doesn't sound quite right to me for that word.

I also nvented the verb to disaver, meaning to disagree. When I first used that I didn't think I was making a word up, but it looks as if I was.

Even so, when I am dead and am returned to dust I do not expect my legacy to be the invention of two words. Rather, it will be my discovery of the world's first ever single digit Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number, a thing which has already caused at least two "Gosh, isn't it a small world?" moments.


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