One of my friends wants to do a little experiment. He’s outlined it in the email below. If you think it sounds interesting, tweet about it, update your facebook status, write a blog post. Get the word out and see if we can make a dent in the internet.
I would like each of you to participate in a linguistics experiment.
I propose creating a new word, one which hits on a Google search of less than 20, mainly due to random letter arrangements.
The purpose of this experiment will be to create a global awareness of a new word in as little time as possible.
We will create a new word, create a definition of this new word, and then release it into the wilds of the infospace, rather like a semantic virus.
Then we will each use this word, at least once in a blog post or email or comment on an article or blog on the web. The spread of the use of the the term is the intent so a high frequency of usage is suggested. The simple reposting of this email will suffice.
We will then watch how quickly, or not, the word becomes prevalent in the linguistic maze that is the web.
Each week I will send a Google search count update to this list.
* The first word I propose is “leximize” which is to maximize the lexical exposure of a word.
As of this moment (5/10/2010 8:30 AM PST) there are 5 hits on the quoted word “leximize”, none of which have legitimate meaning.
I would also like to attach a future event to this word. The concept of this event will infiltrate the consciousness of the netmind bleeding out into the memespeak of the mainstream media. The purpose of attaching a fabricated event is to determine if we have any influence, to any degree possible, on the event and date in question; if in nothing more than the escalation of anticipation of the proposed date and event, simply through awareness.
* The spring equinox 2013 (March 21, 2013) will mark this event’s horizon.
* This event will entail the the joining of hands of multiple, long time national rivals and the collapse of physical, political and cultural barriers.
* At this point in time not only will these nations build a neoleague but newly constructed terms to describe the event will have been leximized.
Your participation is welcome in this experiment.
I urge you to reformulate the content in this email, to create a names to commemorate this event, to create your own neoleague terms and to send this email on to whomever you believe will find this experiment entertaining.
This experiment has officially begun!