Words which were created by the writers

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We don’t think about words we are using in our everyday life. They are essential part of our everyday life, though we don’t even know their origin. Thus, I propose you to dive in the history and glean something new. Let’s start!

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Android

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People imagined the mechanic creatures long before our age. According to one of the legends, the catholic saint – Albert The great in 13 century created the mechanic head which was able to answer the questions. Ephraim Chambers  – the encyclopaedist, in 1728 was working on his “Cyclopedia” and when he was writing about st. Albert he created the term Android, by combining Greek prefix “andr” with suffix “oid” – to be similar to, to describe that machine.

Teleportation

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This word came from Charles Fort’s book “Lo!” at the beginning of it. He believed that it’s possible to explain a lot of strange things with teleportation, but he didn’t try to explain what teleportation is.

Clone

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Originally used in 1903 in the meaning of botany. Came from Greek – “klon” – branch. Later it obtained its own fantastic meaning – copy of a human – in Alvin Toffler’s book “Future Shock” in 1970.

Telepathy

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Friedrich Myers used this word in 1882 in his almanac to describe the “thoughts transportation” phenomenon.

Terraforming

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Jack Williamson – writer, created this word and used it in his book “Collision orbit” (1942). Terraforming means process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to the environment of Earth to make it habitable by Earth-like life.

Cyberspace

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Was firstly used by William Gibson in his novel “Burning Chrom” in 1982.

Multi-universe

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This term was created not even by a physicist or writer, but by a philosopher William James on a lecture in 1895.

Post-human

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Appeared in Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s novel “The Shadow out of Time” in 1936. He used it to describe creatures which will be after us –humans.

Science fiction

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Was first used by William Wilson in 1851 in his book “Small serious book on an eternal topic”.

As you see there are more then we can see in our life. Knowledge – is power!

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