Every now and then I come across an image of a kitchen with a Smeg fridge:
Is it just me, or does anyone else have this immediate reaction?
Referring, of course, to the one, the only Red Dwarf.
In all seriousness, it has to be challenging to invent a vocabulary for your imaginary world (or name a product line) when humanity has never before published as much or as internationally as we do nowadays. The chance of constructing something odd or offputting in some language or subculture has gone way up, and that’s not even taking into account semantic change. Just consider this tweet by Mary Robinette Kowal on researching historically appropriate vocabulary for her Glamourist Histories series:
Aahahaha.. no. No, I will not be replacing “seminal” with “panspermatic” no matter how period correct it is.
— Mary Robinette Kowal (@MaryRobinette) August 4, 2014
On the other hand, that’s the delight of living languages – they keep evolving. We wouldn’t be here if they didn’t.
❤ languages! 🙂
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a funny thing.