.. Dale this seems right up your alley and perhaps a book you could buy to check your own growing list of neologisms .. if you are wondering who this lady is then ..For the gazillions of readers who just adore new words and phrases, here is a collection of all the latest buzzwords. "Funktionary" is the end product of grit, wit and lexpionage - a wacky collection of words that will fill you with awe at the flexibility and liveliness of the English language. As a pre-dictionary, "Funktionary" is different from regular dictionaries. A pre-dictionary is a proactive repository that finds, collects, and predicts entries for the dictionaries of tomorrow. In these pages, readers will encounter some 2,500 pre-dictionary words. Some will live on in print, some will make it into the language under their own steam, and some will simply fade away. Either way, it doesn't matter. Such arrivals and departures are inherent in the ebb and flow of language.
.. BTW I noticed that Amazon says the book isn't published yet but it is Downunder as I have held it in my hand and had a quick browse and a good laugh at many of the words ..Ruth Wajnryb is a linguist, author and columnist, with a particular interest in how language brokers human relations. She is also interested in lexicography, and the ways in which neologisms reveal social and cultural trends. Ruth has published extensively on language, culture and history and is well known as the weekly Words Columnist of The Sydney Morning Herald (http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/words/). She is a consultant to Collins Dictionaries.
.. but the word pre-dictionary has been a round since 2003 when Mikhail Epstein, a professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature at Emory University, described how a pre-dictionary would work ..
.. hmmmm I have just realised something ..PreDictionary n (pre, from Lat. prae, before + dictionary; or: predict + suffixes -ion and -ary) - a projective dictionary that does not register words already in use but "predicts" new words and introduces them for the first time.
Almost all dictionaries, even those that contain neologisms, are reactive: they reflect various foregone stages in the development of language. A PreDictionary, on the contrary, is a proactive dictionary: it contributes new words that may make their way into the dictionaries of the future.
Source: http://www.emory.edu/INTELNET/predictionary.html from Word Spy
.. the original word coined by Epstein is predictionary and is founded on the basis of predicting words that may make it into "real" dictionaries .. but when Wajnryb wrote the word she added a hyphen and used pre-dictionary which puts the focus on the prefix /pre-/ meaning before in time, place or rank .. to me that had the connotation that the words she collected were at a stage before making it to a "real" dictionary .. a slight difference in accent which to me have two different approaches .. I did notice that Epstein mentioned the prefix /pre-/ in his etymology ..
.. incidently neither of the words, pre-dictionary, predictionary, register at Onelook ..
WoZ of Aus 19/02/06