I would be interested in knowing if there are studies on how rapidly a new word gets disseminated from its point of origin. Perhaps someone who studies network theory could point me to a spot.
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- Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:57 pm
- Forum: Slang
- Topic: Where do yikes and other small interjections come from
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I am no linguist, or at best only a budding one. I only discovered this entire site a few days back. But I was sitting around wondering how an interjection like "Yikes!" comes into the language. It might be a pormanteau, but does not seem like an onomatopoeia. I did a site search and did find one hi...