The words of Gerard Manley Hopkins and others
Recently I did a post on the words listed in Landmarks By Robert MacFarlane.
In the glossaries are several words attributed to Gerard Manley Hopkins. Words like endragoned for a raging sea, or bright-borough for an area of sky thickly strewn with stars. I never knew we needed a word for ‘thickly strewn with stars’, but looking at it I can see it could be useful and poetic.
I had not realised that Hopkins went in for neologisms in a big way, but I’m not very familiar with his poetry. So I decided to read up on it and found several interesting websites: Crossref-it.info and The Wonderful World of English among them.
I’ve known people who really hate invented words, but IMHO without all these authors developing new words, our language would be poor indeed.