This post lists a number of words that were introduced to the English lexicon by novelists and other writers during the 20th Century.
1. Beep: Scientist and novelist Arthur C. Clarke came up with this onomatopoeic word for a small, high-pitched signal.
2. Blurb: Humorist Gelet Burgess coined this term for a short piece of promotional copy.
3. Catch-22: Novelist Joseph Heller named his best-known novel after his term for the concept of a lose-lose predicament.
4. Cojones: Novelist Ernest Hemingway borrowed the Spanish word meaning “testicles” to refer to courage.
5. Cyberspace: Novelist William Gibson combined the extant prefix cyber with space to describe an online environment.
6. Debunk: Novelist William E. Woodward created this word to describe the concept of disproving fraudulent claims.
7. Doublethink: Novelist George Orwell named the concept of having contradictory simultaneous ideas.
8. Dreamscape: Poet Sylvia Plath came up with this word for a dreamlike scene.