Every aspect of language intrigues me: writing, reading, speaking, creative cursing—all of it. Experts don’t know where or when language first began, but they do know that all human societies on record have possessed language. Words are the building blocks of language, and they appear seemingly out of nowhere, while others become outdated and are rarely used.
Frequency of use is the key. When new words become dependable regulars, major dictionaries include them. Then we think of them as “real words,” no matter how strange they may have sounded at first.