How do novel words form? Do they exist?
Some ideas about word forming here:
But I was particularly interested, is it possible that one discovers something entirely "novel" and needs to name it? Then it would sound weird, why people would accept the word, rather than some other word? E.g. office. Google says it derives like:
Middle English: via Old French from Latin officium ‘performance of a task’ (in medieval Latin also ‘office, divine service’), based on opus ‘work’ + facere ‘do’.
But I perceive that its contemporary use refers to "paperwork or IT offices", rather than e.g. machine shops etc. Why do people accept "office" for "places with paper work", but not for machine shops?
I think Chomsky could argue that "there does not exist any particular logic to it". Yet, accepting this stance could mean that one could debate on the "validity" of any word/concept, yet some of them become fixated and "trusted".