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acronym
n. a word formed from the initial letters of a name or combining the intial letters or parts of a series of words
affix
n. 1.a word element, such as a prefix or suffix, that is attached to the stem, base, or root
2. something that is attached, joined or added
v. 1.to secure to another; attach
2. to place at the end
coinage
n. 1.the invention of new words
2. an invented word or phrase
3.the process of making coins
colloquial
adj. 1. used in or suitable to spoken language or to writing that imitates speech; conversational
2. informal in style or expression

colloquialism- n.
colloquially- adv
malapropism
n. the use of a word sounding somewhat like the one intended but humorously wrong in the context
onomatopoeia
n. the formation of use of a word that imitates or resembles what it stands for

onomatopoetic- adj
palindrome
n. a word, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward
protmanteau word
cp. a word fomred by mergin the sounds and meanings of two different words; blend
simile
n. a figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phase introduced by like or as
spoonerism
n. an accidental but humorous distortion of words in a phrase fromed by interchanging the initial sounds