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The Songwriter's Idea Book by Sheila Davis

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STRATEGY NINEA Coined Word Title

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Get ready to suspend traditional thinking and become inventive. The object: To create words no one has yet put into a song. This strategy combines your left brain's flair for word links and your right brain's flair for playfulness.

Defining Some Terms

New words, called neologisms, are constantly entering the language. Sometimes new technology and new products create words like fax, Camcorder and Nintendo. Writers and public figures can help the language evolve through new usages of words; for example, General Schwarzkopf in a TV interview turned the noun caveat (a warning) into a verb when he remarked that during the Gulf crisis he was constantly being “caveated” by Washington memos. Here are the ...

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