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September 1963

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Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(3):437-438. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860030191025

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The business of de novo words continues to exercise our readers. In these columns (May, 1963, issue) after many forays and much debate the bag of de novo words stood at five trophies, as follows: nylon, kodak, googol, spoof and blurb. The word debunk which had previously been considered had been shot down or debunked by several sportsmen, flushed with the chase. I intimated at the time that we should probably be returning to the matter—and so it proves to be.

Dr. S. J. London, Medical Director of M. R. Thompson, Inc., New York City, has appeared in the field, and writes so persuasively and allusively in the accents of the high tradition of letters that I must quote his words at length. He files a caveat against two of our six above-mentioned words and nominates another word for our collection.

... Your de novo words [he writes] (might not novae

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