nonsense word



nonsense word (plural nonsense words)

  1. A neologised word that does not have a given meaning.
    • 1983, Michael E. Adelstein, Wendell Keats Sparrow, Business communications
      George Bernard Shaw's classic joke about English spelling is that his nonsense word ghoti should be pronounced fish. He explained: gh = like the gh in cough = fo = like the o in women = i ti = like the ti in nation = sh ghoti = fish.


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