This column is fantastariffic

Erin McKean, the Dictionary Evangelist and editor of the New Oxford American Dictionary, wrote a terrific guest column in the Boston Globe yesterday about why made-up words are great, and still are real words:

Whenever I see "not a real word" used to stigmatize what is (usually) a perfectly cromulent word, I wonder why the writer felt the need to hang a big sign reading "I am not confident about my writing" on it. ... Furthermore, those same writers are giving up one of their inalienable rights as English speakers: the right to create new words as they see fit.