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Making FUDGE: Testing Metcalf's Predictive Method for New-Word Success
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Making FUDGE:
Testing Metcalf's Predictive Method for New-Word Success
Julie Anne Zorn
Auburn University
Julie Anne Zorn

Julie Anne Zorn is a graduate student at Auburn University, where she also received her B. A. in English. She is currently pursuing an M. A. in Technical and Professional Communication with a coordinated minor in Linguistics. While working toward her master's degree, she has served as a graduate teaching assistant in the English Department and as a consultant in the English Center, Auburn University's writing center. After graduation in May 2005, she plans to earn a doctorate in language and communication.


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1. The four excluded words are big bang (Fall 1987), breath pack (Fall 1987), little bang (Fall 1987), and a-question (Winter 1988). Once excluded, they were not replaced by other neologisms.

I would like to thank Tom Nunnally for the pun and more generally for scholarly and editorial support throughout preparation of this article.